Ike Davis 1B NYM 58 Mins
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have a "strong preference" to trade Ike Davis as opposed to Lucas Duda.
It has been known since the 2013 closed that the Mets were looking to deal one of their first baseman, and it now appears that they would prefer to keep Duda. While Davis certainly possesses impressive power, his putrid .205/.326/.334 line from a season ago is likely to limit the Mets potential return in any deal.
Shin-Soo Choo CF CIN 1 Hr
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Orioles search for a left fielder includes free agents Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz.
The Orioles are also in the market for a designated hitter, a closer and perhaps a starting pitcher, so it remains a long shot that they'd cough up more than $100 million to procure Choo. Heyman also mentions Nelson Cruz as a possible fit for the O's, and his power would play well in the friendly confines of Camden Yards.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Delmon Young has been working out at first base in an effort to improve his versatility.
Still just 28-years-old, Young has declared himself 100% healthy. He's also dropped a significant amount of weight this offseason, reportedly tipping the scales at just 219 pounds. While he's a butcher in the outfield, he's proven that he can still be effective at the dish, especially against left-handed pitching, and should be able to find another team willing to take a chance on him.
Ruben Tejada SS NYM 1 Hr
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Sunday that Ruben Tejada is likely to open the 2014 season as the starting shortstop.
The Mets could still upgrade the position, but don't appear to be interested in Stephen Drew, the top free agent option at the position. The 24-year-old Tejada was handed the job last season after an impressive 2012 campaign, but posted a brutal .202/.259/.260 slash line with no homers and 10 RBI in just 57 games. He's a highly regarded defender who fantasy owners shouldn't rely on for anything more than a handful of stolen bases.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune believes that the Padres could look to deal a reserve outfielder at the winter meetings, either Kyle Blanks or Jesus Guzman, for bullpen help.
Center notes that the Padres have nine players on the 40-man roster with major league experience in the outfield, but the team is woefully short on bullpen pieces. The 27-year-old slugger could be an attractive trade chip due to his massive power. Blanks slashed .243/.305/.379 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 88 contests during an injury-plagued 2013 season.
Andre Ethier CF/RF LAD 2 Hrs
Orioles vice-president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Sunday that they are "in" on Andre Ethier.
The O's are in need of a left fielder, preferably one who hits from the left side, and the Dodgers have an excess of outfielders and are looking to deal one. Duquette also indicated that the team was interested in Raul Ibanez.
Michael Morse LF/RF BAL 2 Hrs
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the market for free agent outfielder has begun to heat up, with the Rangers, Rockies, Giants and Marlins all interested.
Morse struggled through an injury plagued campaign in 2013, slashing a meager .215/.270/.381 with 13 homers and 27 RBI in 88 games between the Mariners and Orioles. He's one of the top power hitters remaining on the open market and represents a nice buy-low option.
Chris Perez RP CLE 3 Hrs
Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles could be interested in free agent closer Chris Perez.
The O's have set to the open market in search of a closer after dealing Jim Johnson to the A's, and Perez can be added to a list of possible candidates that already includes John Axford. The 28-year-old struggled in his final season in Cleveland, posting a 4.33 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 54/21 K/BB ratio over 54 innings.
Raul Ibanez LF/DH SEA 3 Hrs
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez.
The 41-year-old would most certainly be a better fit as a designated hitter in the American League, but the Rockies believe that he could be used as an effective option against right-handed pitching.
Michael Young 1B/3B LAD 3 Hrs
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have expressed interest in free agent infielder Michael Young.
The 37-year-old would be a bench player with the Rockies, but would provide valuable depth at three infield positions. Young has reportedly drawn interest from at least four teams this offseason.