Rickie Weeks 2B MIL 2 Hrs
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel was told by a source that there is "nothing to" rumors of Rickie Weeks being traded to the Marlins.
There were multiple reports late Wednesday night that the Marlins were looking into Weeks, but it's an odd fit since the club just signed Rafael Furcal to sign second base. The Brewers appear ready to give the starting second base job to Scooter Gennett, but it will be tough to move Weeks, who is owed $11 million next season and has a vesting option for 2015.
Michael Morse LF/RF BAL 2 Hrs
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Michael Morse will make a base salary of $5 million in his new one-year deal with the Giants.
The deal also includes incentives. Morse is coming off an injury-plagued year, but the Giants are hoping he can provide some pop out of left field.
Roberto Hernandez P PHI 2 Hrs
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have reached an agreement with free agent right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said Thursday morning that he had a deal with a free agent starter and naturally it didn't take long for news to leak. No word yet on the terms involved. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, had a 4.89 ERA and 113/38 K/BB ratio in 151 innings over 24 starts and eight relief appearances this past season with the Rays. While he's not relevant in most mixed fantasy leagues, he should hold down a spot in Philadelphia's rotation in 2014.
Stephen Drew SS BOS 3 Hrs
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday that the club is more likely to upgrade shortstop via trade than sign free agent Stephen Drew.
We wouldn't expect Alderson to say anything different even if he had legitimate interest in signing Drew. The Red Sox and Twins also reportedly have interest in the 30-year-old, but it looks like his market will have to play out for a while.
Michael Morse LF/RF BAL 3 Hrs
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants have signed Michael Morse to a one-year contract, pending a physical.
No word yet on the terms involved. Morse was also drawing heavy interest from the Astros, but he'll obviously have a better chance to contend with the Giants. The 31-year-old was limited to just 88 games this past season due to injury and is coming off wrist surgery, but he should share playing time with Gregor Blanco in left field in 2014.
Marlins acquired OF Brian Bogusevic from the Cubs for OF Justin Ruggiano.
Bogusevic, who turns 30 in February, batted .273/.323/.462 with six home runs, 16 RBI and two stolen bases over 47 games this past season with the Cubs. He'll likely be a fourth outfielder in Miami.
Cubs acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Marlins for OF Brian Bogusevic.
Ruggiano is coming off a down year in which he batted .222/.298/.396 in 128 games, but he hit 15 out of his 18 home runs on the road. The opportunity for playing time should be there with the Cubs and he could rebound in a more hitter-friendly environment.
Omar Infante 2B DET 3 Hrs
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees maintain interest in free agent second baseman, but they believe his current asking price is too high.
Infante is said to be asking for four years and $40 million, so the Yankees will wait things out for now. The Royals are the other known team with interest at this time.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald hears that the Marlins are about to trade Justin Ruggiano.
No word on where he's headed or what the Marlins will get in return. Ruggiano, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, batted .222/.298/.396 with 18 homers and 15 stolen bases this past season.