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Giants Looking To Move Affeldt, Ramirez
The Giants exercised the $5 million contract option for left-hander Jeremy Affeldt after the season and signed lefty Javier Lopez to a two-year, $8.5 million contract. The team, trying to reduce the heavy investments in its bullpen, is looking to move Affeldt and/or right-hander Ramon Ramirez, according to major league sources.
Rockies Put Iannetta On Trade Block
The Rockies are willing to trade catcher Chris Iannetta, who they have discussed with the Angels. Colorado is looking for pitcher Tyler Chatwood, who was 6-11 with Los Angeles last season, in return. Rival executives said Colorado is seeking multiple players in return for Iannetta, including at least one big-leaguer. Before moving Iannetta, the Rockies would want assurances that they could sign free-agent catcher Ramon Hernandez.
Cubs Expected To Trade Garza
A number of teams expect the Cubs to trade right-hander Matt Garza this winter. Chicago is believed to be willing to at the very least listen to offers for Garza.
Cubs Have Been Aggressive In Talks
The Cubs have been busy this offseason with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer in place as the team's new president and general manager, respectively. "They have been very aggressive with a wide range of free agents and have been in on trade talks with at least a dozen clubs," writes Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. "What's been interesting is for a club that struggled so much in 2011, the conversations have not been limited to long-term solutions, but rather, they've included everyone from prospects to one-year stop-gap players," Bowden added.
Astros Getting Calls About Wandy Rodriguez
Wandy Rodriguez was a popular name at this summer's trade deadline, but the left-hander ended up staying in Houston. The Astros are getting a number of calls about the starter this offseason. The Red Sox are believed to be among the interested parties.
Red Sox Could Go After Liriano, Saunders
The Red Sox are expected to add at least two starting pitchers and there are a pair of names that could be had on the trade market. Arizona's Joe Saunders and Minnesota's Francisco Liriano are believed to be available.
Marlins, A's Have Unsuccessful Talks About Gonzalez
The Marlins and Athletics have had discussions about left-hander Gio Gonzalez, but the talks have led nowhere. Oakland is demanding some sort of package containing either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton and they have been rejected by Florida. With a host of teams interested in Gonzalez, the Athletics could hold out for the best possible package.
Blue Jays Asked Red Sox For Buchholz
The Red Sox wanted to make John Farrell their new manager after he spent a year in Toronto, but talks between the two teams ended quickly. The Blue Jays usually allow employees to interview for lateral moves, but they changed their position when Boston showed interest in Farrell. Talks between the two sides ended when the Blue Jays asked for Clay Buchholz in return.
Rangers Could Be In On Matt Garza
The Rangers have already made a number of changes to their pitching staff, but more could be coming. Texas signed closer Joe Nathan and moved Neftali Feliz into the starting rotation. In addition, many believe free-agent C.J. Wilson will depart. The Rangers "can't be ruled out" on starters like Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, according to Ken Rosenthal. Chicago is believed to be open to moving Garza.
Reds Shopping Yonder Alonso For Pitcher
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is shopping young slugger Yonder Alonso. In return, Cincinnati would like to acquire a No. 2 starter or a closer, according to sources. Jocketty has spoken to Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Toronto and Oakland, among others.
Gio Gonzalez Drawing Interest From Red Sox
The Red Sox are looking to fortify their starting rotation without entering the bidding war for a big name like C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle.
Incoming GMs Have A Chance To Be Bold
The long-standing notion in baseball is that a general manager hates to trade one of "his guys."
Marlins Acquire LeBlanc From Padres
In parts of four seasons with the Padres, Wade LeBlanc went 17-22 with a 4.54 ERA, starting 52 times and coming in as a reliever twice.
Cubs Willing To Move Garza; Rangers Interested
The Rangers may have to replace C.J. Wilson if he signs with another club.
White Sox Could Get More By Dealing Danks Over Floyd
White Sox general manager Ken Williams has to decide this offseason whether to trade starting pitchers John Danks and/or Gavin Floyd.
Swisher Not Worried About Playoff Woes, Uncertain Future
Nick Swisher is under contract with the Yankees for 2012, but there have been rumors of interest in his services.
Braves Have Asked Yankees About Eduardo Nunez
The Braves might be willing to give up Jair Jurrjens in a deal that would net them Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez.
Miami Covets James Shields, Gio Gonzalez
The Marlins are expected to obtain a starting pitcher via free agency and another via trade.
Cashman: Roster Is 'Pretty Much Set'
The Yankees still have some work to do with their starting rotation.
Teams Interested In Trading For Swisher
New York exercised the option on Nick Swisher's contract for the 2012 season earlier this offseason.
Twins Aren't Looking To Deal Span, Revere
The Nationals were very interested in Denard Span at times during the 2011 season.
Phillies Aren't Looking To Deal Hamels
The Phillies are not actively looking to trade left-hander Cole Hamels, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
Mets, Rockies Have Discussed Pelfrey-Street Trade
The Mets aren't overly enamored with reliever Huston Street.
Steinbrenner 'Concerned' About Yankees Rotation
Hal Steinbrenner expects the Yankees to remain mostly unchanged heading into the 2012 season.
David Wright Understands Trade Rumors
David Wright understands why it would make some sense for the Mets to trade him this winter.
Boston Has Shown No Interest In Trading Crawford
Carl Crawford signed a huge contract with the Red Sox last winter, but was a disappointment in 2011.
Sources: Tigers Interested In Prado
The Tigers could trade outfielder Delmon Young for the right second baseman.
Could Phillies Decide To Trade Hamels?
The Phillies have a decision to make regarding Cole Hamels, who will be eligible for free agency next fall.
Could Orioles Use Reynolds As Trade Chip?
Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports wonders whether the Orioles might consider dealing third baseman Mark Reynolds.