Trade Rumor - Baseball Wiretap

Rays Looking To Improve Bullpen

Dec 31, 2012 2:49 PM

Andrew Friedman has often said bullpens are "volatile."

The Rays have been able to successfully tweak its stock of relievers each of the past several seasons.

Tampa Bay had a Major League-best 2.88 bullpen ERA in 2012, something that will be hard to repeat.

"So many things have to go exactly right," Jim Hickey said. "If I told you right now, [Fernando] Rodney was going to save 43 out of 49 games and have a 1.89 ERA, and that would be almost a disappointment compared to last year. They really did set the bar high.

"But I expect them to be very good, I expect them to be playoff-caliber good, and if we get into the playoffs, to take us all the way."

Friedman said they're still looking for one or two relievers, and he has a track record of acquiring quality arms for the bullpen.

Joe Smith/St. Petersburg Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Phillies, Cubs Still Linked By Soriano Rumors

Dec 31, 2012 8:24 AM

Trade talks between the Phillies and Cubs are reportedly heating up as the two teams continue to discuss Alfonso Soriano.

Philadelphia is in the market for a corner infielder with some power. Soriano matches that profile almost perfectly hitting over 30 HR last season and committing only 1 error in 151 games.

Jim Bowden reported that the Cubs and Phillies had a deal tabled for Soriano on Friday night.

Andrew Denny/Cubbies Crib

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox Won't Part With Prospects To Get Justin Upton

Dec 30, 2012 4:07 PM

The Red Sox and Diamondbacks are unlikely trade partners when it comes to Justin Upton.

Upton is a fit for Boston, but they are unlikely to part with prospects Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Marlins Will Listen To Offers For Stanton

Dec 30, 2012 11:55 AM

The Marlins will listen to offers for Giancarlo Stanton, according to assistant general manager Dan Jennings.

However, Miami is not shopping Stanton and they are not looking to move him.

Jim Bowden/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Mets Showed Interest In Coco Crisp

Dec 29, 2012 11:39 AM

The Mets had some interest in acquiring Coco Crisp from the Athletics earlier this offseason.

However, the sense is that Oakland will keep Crisp.


Ken Davidoff/New York Post (via Twitter)

Tags: New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

If Dodgers Are Shopping Ethier, Mariners Are Interested

Dec 29, 2012 11:33 AM

There is still no real evidence that the Dodgers are shopping Andre Ethier this offseason.

However, if he is available the Mariners are one team that will certainly show interest.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

First Base Remains 'Area Of Focus' For Red Sox

Dec 28, 2012 5:06 PM

The Red Sox are still looking to finalize their first base situation as the offseason progresses.

Boston is trying to finalize their contract agreement with Mike Napoli, while also speaking to Adam LaRoche.

Assistant GM Brian O'Halloran confirmed first base remains "an area of focus" for the club during an appearance on WEEI's Red Sox Hot Stove Show on Thursday.

"I’m not going to be able to address any specific free agents," said O'Halloran. "I will say that [GM Ben Cherington] has been in touch with a number of free agents. First base ... is an area of focus. Not the only area of focus -- we're looking to strengthen our club any way we can. That process never ends. But Ben has certainly been in touch with a number of free agents, ongoing conversations, over the last few weeks."

Mike Axisa/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Mets Looking For Bullpen Help

Dec 28, 2012 4:58 PM

The Mets are looking for relief help, according to a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Frank Francisco, the incumbent closer, had minor elbow surgery earlier this month, but he is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training.

Mike Axisa/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox Have Tradeable Pieces

Dec 27, 2012 10:54 AM

After making several moves this offseason, the Red Sox have a number of tradeable pieces.

They have a surplus of catchers and Alfredo Aceves, who can start or relieve, is a chip as well.


Peter Abraham/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rangers Still Looking To Add Power, Pitcher

Dec 27, 2012 10:50 AM

Jon Daniels says the Rangers remain in the market for another bat and that they are always looking for pitching.

Texas lost both Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli in free agency, leaving holes in the lineup and especially in the power department.

"We're looking at that now," Daniels said of power hitters. "There's a decent chance we'll look to add somebody."

Richard Durrett/ESPN

Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rays Searching For A Hitter
Andrew Friedman says the Rays are still looking for a "bat or two" to add for next season.

Marc Tompkin/St. Peterburg Times

Anthopoulos Assured Arencibia He Wouldn't Be Dealt
J.P. Arencibia received assurance earlier this offseason that he is not only the starter of the present, but that the Blue Jays wouldn't trade him.

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Hanrahan Trade Won't Be Completed Until After Christmas
Joel Hanrahan is headed to Boston, but the exact details of the trade haven't been finalized.

Evan Drellich/

White Sox May Have Interest In Jason Kubel
The Diamondbacks are believed to be shopping Jason Kubel and the White Sox may have interest in the outfielder.

Drew Silva/Hardball Talk

Melancon Unsure If He's Part Of Hanrahan Trade
As of Sunday afternoon, Mark Melancon hadn't heard from the Red Sox front office.

John Tomase/Boston Herald (via Twitter)

Yankees Not Close To Trade For Outfielder
Texas was also in that position as the weekend began.

Buster Olney/ESPN (via Twitter)

Pirates Reportedly Getting Sands, Pimentel From Red Sox
The Red Sox have acquired Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates.

John Tomase/Boston Herald

Red Sox Have Received Calls About Saltalamacchia
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is coming off a year in which he hit .222 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs in 121 games.

Ricky Doyle/NESN

Phillies Considering Hairston, Wells As Outfield Bat
Scott Hairston is a free agent, while Vernon Wells would have to be acquired via trade from the Angels.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Rosario Changes Teams For Fifth Time Since Oct. 17
Sandy Rosario, a 27-year-old right-hander, has spent the better part of nine seasons in the minors.

Mark Townsend/Big League Stew

Arizona Looking To Deal Outfielder, Likely Kubel
After signing Cody Ross, the Diamondbacks are looking to deal an outfielder.

Buster Olney/ESPN (via Twitter)

Red Sox Close To Deal For Hanrahan
One official cautioned that there was "still work to be done" on the deal.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Pirates Targeting Iglesias, Gordon In Hanrahan Talks
Originally seeking pitching, Pittsburgh has shifted that focus since signing Francisco Liriano.

Dan Duquette Jr./NESN

White Sox Want Lefty Hitter, Making Floyd Available
The White Sox are willing to move Gavin Floyd in the right deal and perhaps could covet a left-handed hitter in return.

Danny Knobler/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Marlins Out On Bourjos Following Morales Trade
The Angels cleared a spot in their outfield by trading Kendrys Morales to the Mariners, which leaves the Marlins without a potential trade candidate.

Michael Jong/Fish Stripes

Red Sox Like Pittsburgh's Joel Hanrahan
The Red Sox are looking to improve their bullpen.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Astros Get John Ely From Dodgers
The Astros have traded minor leaguer Rob Rasmussen to the Dodgers for John Ely.

Associated Press

Mariners Getting Kendrys Morales From Angels
The Angels have agreed to trade Kendrys Morales to the Mariners in exchange for lefty Jason Vargas.

MLB Trade Rumors

Mets Acquire Cowgill From Athletics
Looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder, the Mets have acquired Collin Cowgill from the Athletics in exchange for prospect Jefry Marte.

Eno Sarris/Amazin Avenue

Are The Dodgers Shopping Andre Ethier?
According to Major League sources, the Dodgers are shopping Andre Ethier.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports