James Loney 1B TB 22 Hrs
The Rays, Brewers and Pirates are in on James Loney, a source tells Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Rubin hears those three teams are in the heaviest on the 29-year-old, with the Rays and Brewers potentially resorting to dealing for Ike Davis should they miss out on Loney. Rubin also says Loney is still looking for a three-year deal -- it was previously reported he wanted between $27 and $30 million -- but that he's unlikely to get anything over two years. Loney is looking like the next domino to fall in the free agent first baseman market.
Tomo Ohka P TOR 22 Hrs
The Blue Jays and Tomo Ohka have a verbal agreement on a minor league deal, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.
The 37-year-old Ohka has been pitching in the independent league and has reinvented himself as a knuckeballer. Davidi speculates Ohka could start at Double-A New Hampshire next season.
Brandon Phillips 2B CIN 23 Hrs
The Yankees rejected a Brandon Phillips-for-Brett Gardner trade offer from the Reds, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
The Yanks are in the market for a second baseman, but they're on the record as being in no hurry to deal Gardner. The Reds have been hot and cold on dealing their 32-year-old second baseman, but Ken Rosenthal recently reported the team isn't ruling it out. They've been said to have interest in the Yankees' center fielder, but the two sides have yet to match up on a deal.
Josmil Pinto C MIN 23 Hrs
Josmil Pinto has been taken off the Aragua Tigers roster of the Venezuelan Winter League.
A sore right shoulder had limited Pinto to just three at-bats since November 16. It's unclear whether he suffered a setback or if the team just decided to shut him down. The Twins recently proclaimed a willingness to go into next season with the Pinto as their starting catcher, so it's likely they're just exercising caution with the 24-year-old.
Rickie Weeks 2B MIL 23 Hrs
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish is hearing the Marlins have some interest in Rickie Weeks.
Earlier this offseason Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Scooter Gennett is penciled in as the team's starting second baseman next season, so the 31-year-old Weeks looks to be on the outs. Weeks is due $11 million in 2014 and has a vesting option for 2015. There hasn't been much buzz that the team is shopping Weeks, but he could likely be had for the right offer.
Bronson Arroyo SP CIN 23 Hrs
The Reds have met with Bronson Arroyo recently but don't expect to retain him, sources tell ESPN's Jayson Stark.
There is no shortage of interest in Arroyo, and the Reds are telling teams they're expecting one of his other suitors to land the 36-year-old. The Pirates were also recently rumored to be out of the running. That leaves the Twins, Giants, Orioles, Phillies and Dodgers -- at least -- as teams in the running for the right-hander.
Justin Smoak 1B SEA 23 Hrs
The Astros inquired about Justin Smoak but the talks went nowhere, per the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich.
The first baseman was presumed to be available after the Mariners signed Corey Hart and acquired Logan Morrison from the Marlins, but the team isn't actively shopping the 27-year-old. Smoak hit .238/.334/.412 with 20 home runs last season, and M's general manager Jack Zduriencik has already come out and said the switch-hitter has a place on next year's team. It likely won't stop teams from calling, though.
Jordan Walden RP ATL 24 Hrs
The Braves and Jordan Walden avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.49 million contract.
Walden, 26, posted a 3.45 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 47 innings in his first year with the Braves. The right-hander missed the playoffs with groin and shoulder soreness but should be ready for spring training.
Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY 24 Hrs
The Rays are interested in Kevin Youkilis, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Youkilis fits what the Rays are looking for as a player on the rebound, Topkin continued. The 34-year-old played in just 28 games this past season, batting .219/.305/.343. Youkilis is said to want to play close to his California home, so it's unclear how open he might be to the Rays' advances.