Ike Davis 1B NYM 9 Hrs
The Mets are expected to pursue a deal for Ike Davis or Lucas Duda at the Winter Meetings, a source tells Newsday's Marc Carig.
The team has been open to moving one of its first basemen since the season ended. Davis would likely fetch more in a trade than Duda, but neither would likely be enough by himself to get a starting shortstop in return. The Rays and Brewers are two teams who may be potential trade partners.
Mark Trumbo 1B/LF.. LAA 9 Hrs
The Diamondbacks, in search of a corner outfielder, have their sights on Mark Trumbo, a source tells Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
The Diamondbacks and Angels make sense as trade partners, as the Angels want pitching, something Arizona has in spades. The Angels are said to be leaning toward keeping the 27-year-old but would likely deal him for a starting pitcher that they deemed of similar value. The Diamondbacks made a hard run at Carlos Beltran before he signed with the Yankees, and Trumbo is likely just one name the team will be linked to in hopes of filling the position.
Stephen Drew SS BOS 10 Hrs
There haven't been recent discussions between the Red Sox and Stephen Drew, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.
"Yeah we've had off-and-on dialogue, nothing too recent, but certainly we're leaving the door open still," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. The Sox have been busy with the recent signings of A.J. Pierzynski and Mike Napoli, but they go into the Winter Meetings with few holes to fill. It sounds like Cherington is OK with the idea of going forward with Xander Bogaerts as the team's starting shortstop, meaning any deal with Drew would likely be one that makes sense for the team. Drew has yet to draw notable interest from any other teams thus far this offseason.
James Loney 1B TB 10 Hrs
The Rays are hopeful of re-signing James Loney but are waiting for his price to drop, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
The Rays would like to bring Loney back but not at his current price of three years and $27 million. The team will have to do something to fill its first base vacancy and would prefer a left-handed bat, with Topkin listing Logan Morrison and Mitch Moreland, among others, as possibilities via trade. The Rays may also ask for a first baseman in return if they're to trade starter David Price.
Michael Young 1B/2B.. LAD 10 Hrs
ESPN's Buster Olney hears Michael Young is drawing interest from four different teams.
Young's days of being a productive starter are probably over, but the 37-year-old can still be a useful bench player for someone. He hit .279/.335/.395 between the Phillies and Dodgers in 2013 while playing primarily at third base. The Orioles and Red Sox were said to be interested in the infielder earlier in the offseason, but it's unclear which four teams are currently in on Young.
Juan Uribe 3B LAD 14 Hrs
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he's made "a few different offers" to Juan Uribe, Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports.
The ball is in Uribe's court, as the team is now awaiting an answer. Uribe is coming off a good season and is said to be looking for a three-year deal. The Marlins have also been reported to be interested in the 34-year-old.
J. P. Howell RP LAD 14 Hrs
J.P. Howell and the Dodgers continue to discuss a possible return, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Howell was fantastic in his one season with the club, posting a 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 62 innings this past season. The 30-year-old was especially tough on lefties, allowing just a .164/.225/.227 line. He fits what the Dodgers are looking for, as they're still shopping for a late-game lefty reliever.
Chad Qualls RP MIA 14 Hrs
Astros signed RHP Chad Qualls to a two-year, $9.5 million contract.
The deal includes a club option for 2016. The right-hander fell on hard times in 2012 but rebounded to post a 2.61 ERA and 1.23 WHIP as a middle reliever with the Marlins this past season. Qualls, who saved 24 games as recently as 2009, could also see some late-game action with Houston.
Michael Morse 1B/LF.. BAL 14 Hrs
Michael Morse is on the Giants' radar in their search for a left fielder, reports Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Schulman also notes that the team would likely prefer to trade for a left fielder instead. Morse started quickly but cooled considerably last season, finishing with a .215/.270/.381 line. He hasn't garnered much attention, at least not publicly, to this point in the offseason.
Billy Hamilton SS/CF CIN 14 Hrs
Billy Hamilton would be the Reds' starting center fielder and leadoff hitter if the season started today, according Reds general manager Walt Jocketty.
"If he's the player we think he can be, there is no doubt that he'd be sitting on top of the lineup," Reds manager Bryan Price said of Hamilton. "What we're trying to do right now is define and decide if he's ready take on that responsibility." The Reds are prepared to lose Shin-Soo Choo to free agency, opening a spot for the 23-year-old speedster. Hamilton stole 13 bases in the month of September after being called up and recently returned from playing winter ball in Puerto Rico in an attempt to get more at-bats, so it seems as though the Reds are serious about giving the switch-hitter a shot to win the job this spring. If he does emerge victorious he'll be the odds-on favorite to lead MLB in stolen bases next season.