Freddy Garcia SP ATL 6 Hrs
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are expected to look into free agent right-hander Freddy Garcia.
Like with Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Mets would consider him as a stopgap option while they wait for some of their young starters to come up from the minors. Now 37 years old, Garcia posted a 4.37 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings at the major league level this year, but finished strong with the Braves and even made a start in the playoffs.
Jason Hammel SP BAL 6 Hrs
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Jason Hammel's agents are asking for a three- or four-year deal.
We have a hard time seeing that happen after Hammel posted a disappointing 4.97 ERA over 26 starts and three relief appearances this past season. The 31-year-old missed time with a forearm injury and saw his strikeout rate fall considerably from 2012. It might be in his best interests to settle for a one-year deal and test the market again next winter.
Drew Storen RP WAS 6 Hrs
Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are eying Nationals' relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post confirms the report and adds that Cubs have interest in using Storen as their closer. Kilgore speculates that Nate Schierholtz and James Russell could be of interest to Washington.
Casey Crosby RP DET 6 Hrs
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Casey Crosby will likely be shifted to the bullpen.
It makes sense, as Crosby had an ugly 4.84 ERA and 61/40 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings in Triple-A this season while missing time with a shoulder impingement. His control has been a major issue as a starter, but he could be more effective in smaller doses out of the pen.
Danny Espinosa 2B WAS 6 Hrs
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Nationals are shopping infielder Danny Espinosa.
Espinosa struggled through injuries this past season, both in the majors and the minors. While his plate discipline is unlikely to improve, he could make for a decent buy-low opportunity. Anthony Rendon has emerged as the starting second baseman, so Espinosa will likely function as a utility infielder if he remains in Washington.
Cesar Izturis 2B/SS CIN 6 Hrs
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets have discussed free agent infielder Cesar Izturis.
The expectation is that they'll meet with Izturis' agent on either Tuesday or Wednesday. The veteran infielder batted just .209/.259/.271 over 142 plate appearances with the Reds. At this point in his career, he might only require a minor league deal.
Andre Ethier CF/RF LAD 6 Hrs
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Dodgers are in touch with four teams regarding possible trades of Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.
The Red Sox and Mariners have been mentioned as a possibility for Kemp while the Orioles have been linked to Either in recent days. The Dodgers would likely have to absorb some salary to move either player.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 7 Hrs
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Monday that Matt Kemp (ankle, shoulder) is not expected to be 100 percent by spring training.
Kemp is still in rehab mode following surgeries on his shoulder and ankle in October. His leg is still in a boot, so a clear timetable for his return to game action won't be known until he starts running. His rehab situation adds another complication to a potential trade.
Brett Tomko SP ARI 7 Hrs
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Brett Tomko is looking to make a comeback in MLB.
Tomko, who turns 41 next April, spent this past season with the independent York Revolution and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 as a member of the Rangers. The vteran right-hander is hitting 92-94 mph on the radar gun while pitching in the Dominican Winter League, so he's hoping someone will give him a minor league invite.