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Braves Trade Derek Lowe To Indians
The Braves have traded Derek Lowe to the Indians, according to sources. Lowe was traded for left-handed pitching prospect Chris Jones, according to one of the sources. Atlanta will pay all but $5 million of the $15 million remaining on the last year of Lowe's contract.
Yankees Could Still Look To Deal Swisher
The Yankees picked up the 2012 option on the contract of Nick Swisher, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be with the team next season. Swisher will make $10.25 million under the option. Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com writes that "the Yankees could look to trade him and then try to find another right fielder." Swisher was above-average offensively in the regular season -- 23 home runs, 85 RBIs and .374 on-base percentage -- but he struggled in the playoffs yet again.
James Shields: 'I Believe I'm Going To Be Back'
James Shields is hopeful that he'll remain with the Rays next season. Tampa Bay has a $7.5 million option on the starter's contract for the 2012 season. "I believe I'm going to be back next year, and I think (executive VP Andrew) Friedman feels the same way," Shields said on 620-WDAE. "Obviously there's a lot of offseason to go. As far as my opinion, I believe I'm going to be back. But it's a business and you never know what's going to happen. As far as I'm concerned, I want to be back, I definitely want to be part of the team." The Rays can buy out his option for $2 million.
Marlins May Consider Run At Shields
There is a possibility that the Marlins will make a run at Rays right-hander James Shields this winter. Florida is a natural trade partner for Tampa Bay because they can dangle outfielder Logan Morrison in a package for the starting pitcher.
Cubs Will Have To Acquire Pitching Via Trade
There won't be a ton of affordable starting pitchers available on the free agent market, so the Cubs will have to bolster their rotation through trades. Matt Garza is under control for two more years and Ryan Dempster has a $14 million player option for 2012. The rest of the spots are up for grabs. Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner, Jeff Samardzija and Casey Coleman are some of the same choices the Cubs had in 2011.
White Sox Open To Potential Trades
White Sox general manager Kenny Williams confirmed Saturday that the club is open to trading some of its major league talent, but potential moves won't be done to replenish the farm system. Williams said that if deals go down this winter, the youngest the White Sox are willing to go is to obtain talent that is about to burst upon the scene.
Mets Will Listen To Offers For Wright
The Mets expect teams to call them regarding the status of third baseman David Wright this winter. New York is expected to lose shortstop Jose Reyes to free agency, so losing Wright as well could be a risky move. "We'll explore Wright's market," a team official said. "I think considering where we are as an organization, it would be foolish not to at least look at it. However, I expect actually pulling the trigger is a long shot." Another team official said: "We have no illusions where we are as an organization and so we will not be close-minded about doing what is best for the club."
Padres Could Pursue Trade For Lackey
The Padres have internally discussed the possibility of trading for Red Sox right-hander John Lackey. In order for San Diego to agree to a trade, Boston would have to agree to take on a majority of Lackey's salary. The right-hander pitched for Padres manager Bud Black when he was the Angels' pitching coach. Lackey, 32, was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 starts for the Red Sox in 2011 and recently came under criticism for his actions during games in the Boston clubhouse while between starts. He has three seasons to go plus a vesting option for 2015 on a five-year, $82.5 million contract.
Twins Looking For Shortstop, Starting Pitchers
The Twins have a reliable shortstop and depth in their starting rotation on their list of offseason wants and needs. Ramon Santiago and Alex Gonzalez could be on their radar at shortstop. Minnesota is going to push hard to re-sign Michael Cuddyer, but they expect him to see what's on the free agent market before making a final decision.
Mattingly: Dodgers 'Need A Bat' To Contend
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly isn't afraid to say the team needs to add a hitter in order to contend next season. "Offense, no question," Mattingly said on 710 ESPN when asked what his team needs to improve in 2012. "We need a bat. We need a bat that's solid. It's a kind of a day-in, day-out bat. We need that one-two punch. To me that's the biggest need." Not that Mattingly is holding out a tremendous amount of hope of the Dodgers actually acquiring a front-line hitter, considering the team and owner Frank McCourt are in bankruptcy court. "Not really," Mattingly said when asked how confident he was in the team adding a big-time slugger. "I can't say I'm confident that we're going to be able to do it. We've talked about different things. ... You hear Prince (Fielder), you hear Albert (Pujols). Those are nice thoughts, there's a lot of teams talking about those type of guys ... but you gotta have a Plan B, a Plan C. How do we put offense together if we can't do something like that? That's the biggest thing. "And obviously, I don't know where we're going to be as far as what we're going to be able to do. Are we going to go backward with the budget, are we going to go forward? ... It's hard to know right now."
Rays Won't Make Quick Decisions On Damon, Kotchman
The Rays continue to enjoy success, but they do have some significant decisions to make this offseason.
Official Expects Montero To Remain With Yankees
The Yankees could look to deal Jesus Montero for a starting pitcher and to free up their designated hitter spot.
Could Red Sox Unload Lackey On Padres?
There are rumblings out of San Diego that the Padres might be interested in much maligned Red Sox right-hander John Lackey.
Reds Deny Shopping Votto
Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty strongly denied that the team is listening to offers for Joey Votto.
Girardi: Rotation Is A Priority Once Again
Before winning the World Series in 2009, New York signed starters CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.
Rival Executives: Reds Will Listen To Offers For Votto
Rival executives are getting the feeling that while the Reds won't shop Joey Votto, they will listen to offers for the slugger.
Yankees Could Discuss Montero In Trade Talks This Winter
The Yankees will be looking to add a top pitcher to their starting rotation this winter and young prospect Jesus Montero could be involved in trade talks.
D-Backs Claimed Konerko On Waivers Back In August
The White Sox wanted Paul Goldschmidt in exchange for veteran Paul Konerko in trade talks at the end of August.
Damon, Upton Want To Remain With Rays
Johnny Damon and B.J. Upton, the two most important Rays with uncertain futures, both say they want to remain with the franchise.
Nationals Still Targeting Denard Span
The Nationals and Twins discussed a trade for Denard Span during the 2011 regular season.
Will Angels Be Able To Move Abreu?
The Angels have a glut of overpaid hitters to deal with this offseason.
Will Reds Trade Votto Or Alonso?
With a limited payroll and needs to be filled, the Reds will be forced to decide whether or not they should trade Joey Votto or Yonder Alonso.
Rotation Overhaul On Deck For Rockies
The Rockies struggled with their starting rotation this season and it figures to be a point of emphasis this winter.
Zambrano Spoke To Guillen About Pitching For Marlins
The Cubs still owe Carlos Zambrano some $18 million under his current contract.
Royals Searching For Front-Line Starter
The Royals have just one "must" on their offseason priority list, finding a front-line starting pitcher.