Taijuan Walker SP SEA 41 Mins
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that any package the Mariners put together for David Price would have to include Taijuan Walker.
It's certainly no surprise. The Mariners have a nice collection of young talent, but they'll have to part with their top prospect if they want to swing a deal for one of the game's best pitchers. Nick Franklin or Brad Miller are guys that could also be included in a package for Price, as the M's no longer have a starting spot for both of them with Robinson Cano on board.
Bartolo Colon SP OAK 53 Mins
ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas reports that the Mariners are interested in Bartolo Colon.
The Mariners are expected to go all-out and continue to add pieces following the Robinson Cano signing, and Colon wouldn't be a bad option. Colon will turn 41 in May but is coming off a season where he posted a 2.65 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 190-plus innings. He might only require a one-year deal.
Jason Hammel SP BAL 2 Hrs
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jason Hammel has "probably" moved up the Angels' target list after Scott Feldman signed with the Astros.
Hammel posted a disappointing 4.97 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 139 1/3 innings this year for the Orioles, but he had a much better 3.43 ERA and 1.24 WHIP the year before. He probably won't cost a ton and could prove to be a nice under-the-radar signing if he manages to stay healthy.
J. P. Arencibia C TOR 2 Hrs
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have reached an agreement with J.P. Arencibia.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported late Thursday that a deal was close, and now it appears a passed physical is all that it needs to be complete. The Blue Jays non-tendered the free-swinging Arencibia earlier this week, but he lands in a nice situation in Texas. He'll share time with Geovany Soto.
Mike Napoli C/1B/DH BOS 2 Hrs
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have had "recent conversations" with Mike Napoli.
Morosi's colleague, Ken Rosenthal, indicated earlier Friday that it might be down to the Red Sox and Rangers for Napoli, with the Marlins on the outside looking in. It appears the Mariners are now serious players, though, as they look to supplement the lineup around Robinson Cano. Napoli could be used at either first base or the DH spot.
Carl Pavano SP MIN 2 Hrs
Carl Pavano is healthy and hoping to pitch for someone next season.
Pavano missed all of the 2013 campaign after suffering a ruptured spleen that almost killed him, but he was cleared about six months ago to resume regular activities. The righty will turn 38 in January and posted a 6.00 ERA in his last season, though he was pitching through a strained shoulder and a bruised humerus bone in his throwing arm. Pavano will have to settle for a minor league deal.
Shin-Soo Choo CF/RF CIN 2 Hrs
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are still pursuing free agent outfielders Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz.
The M's just forked over $240 million for Robinson Cano, but if they really want to contend they still need to add more talent. Adding one of the aforementioned outfielders would be a start, and they're also expected to pursue a trade for David Price. Choo is also receiving plenty of interest from the Tigers and Red Sox.
Mike Napoli C/1B/DH BOS 2 Hrs
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mike Napoli talks are in a "critical stage," with the Red Sox needing to match or exceed a current offer he has on the table.
The Rangers and Marlins are both also pursuing Napoli, but Rosenthal says, not surprisingly, that Texas is the bigger threat. All things being equal, Napoli would prefer to remain in Boston, but it sounds like the Rangers are offering more money right now. The 32-year-old will land a multi-year deal this winter after having to settle for a one-year pact last offseason when questions arose about his hip condition.
Scott Feldman P BAL 2 Hrs
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have agreed to terms with Scott Feldman on a three-year, $30 million contract.
Feldman still needs to pass a physical in order to make the deal official. The big right-hander signed for $6 million last winter but is able to cash in after putting up a 3.86 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 132/56 K/BB ratio in 181 2/3 innings. If the Astros don't make any other moves with their rotation, Feldman figures to be their Opening Day starter.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have agreed to terms with Curtis Granderson on a four-year contract.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is saying the deal is for $60 million. Granderson had been looking for a four-year, $64 million deal, with the Mets preferring three years. Obviously, middle ground was met. Granderson was limited to 61 games in 2013 due to injuries, but he's an impact bat when healthy, possessing a pair of 40-homer seasons under his belt.