Liam Hendriks SP MIN 14 Hrs
Twins designated RHP Liam Hendriks for assignment.
The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Phil Hughes on the 40-man roster. Hendriks has enjoyed success in the minors, but the 24-year-old Aussie owns an ugly 6.06 ERA over 28 starts and two relief appearances in the majors.
Mike Puma of the New York Post was told that the Mets believe they have a "decent" chance of signing Curtis Granderson.
From all indications, Granderson is more advanced in talks with the Mets than any other team, but there's still a difference of opinion on the years involved. While the 32-year-old outfielder wants a four-year deal, reportedly for around $64 million, the Mets are holding firm at three years for now. The Red Sox and Mariners are among the other teams who have expressed interest in Granderson, but it's unclear if any of them would be willing to go to four years, either. The Mets still appear to be the favorites.
Jason Lane RF MIN 15 Hrs
Padres re-signed LHP Jason Lane to a minor league contract.
Lane, best known for his time as an outfielder with the Astros and Padres, has been a full-time pitcher over the past two seasons. He began 2013 with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters before posting a 5.24 ERA and 33/6 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings in six starts and five relief appearances with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. Lane turns 37 later this month and figures to serve as organizational depth in 2014.
Juan Lagares OF NYM 15 Hrs
Juan Lagares wrote on his Twitter account that he is on his way back to New York to have his knee checked out.
Lagares wrote a follow-up tweet which said that "everything is good my people," so it doesn't appear to be a major concern, but it's something to keep an eye on. The 24-year-old batted .242/.281/.352 over 421 plate appearances this past season and his defensive prowess should give him the leg up on the starting center field job in 2014, if healthy.
Sam Fuld OF TB 15 Hrs
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that free agent outfielder Sam Fuld is drawing "lots of interest."
Fuld was non-tendered by the Rays earlier this week after batting just .199/.270/.267 over 200 plate appearances this past season. He's still sorting through the possibilities, so nothing is imminent.
Carlos Beltran RF STL 15 Hrs
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that it looks like Carlos Beltran is more likely to sign during the Winter Meetings.
Beltran visited with the Royals this week and there has been increased chatter about them being the favorites to sign him, with a three-year, $48 million deal potentially on the table, but Crasnick hears that noting is imminent. The Mariners, Tigers, Red Sox, Rangers, and Orioles are among the other teams who have been linked to the 36-year-old this winter.
Robinson Cano 2B NYY 15 Hrs
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Mariners have let Robinson Cano know that they would be willing to give him a 10-year contract worth between $230-240 million.
If that's the case, we're not sure how Cano hasn't signed with them yet. Only Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez (twice) have received bigger contracts in the history of the game. Rojas hears that Cano took a private flight from from New York to Seattle on Thursday to meet with the Mariners, so reports pegging them as a serious threat would appear to be accurate. We'll soon see whether this will be enough for the Yankees to increase their limit, which is reportedly in the range of seven years and $175 million.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 16 Hrs
Ross Detwiler (back) said he has felt "100 percent" since pitching in the instructional league in September.
Detwiler, who was limited to just 13 starts this season due to a back injury, added that he was clocked in the 94-96 mph range during his appearances. While the left-hander appears healthy, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated following the addition of Doug Fister that Detwiler will have to compete for a spot in the rotation. Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan, Nate Karns, and Sammy Solis will be among his competitors.