Shin-Soo Choo CF/RF CIN 2 Hrs
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed Saturday that it would be "very difficult" to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo in this free agent market.
With the types of dollars and long-term contracts that are being thrown around this offseason, there simply isn't room in the budget for the Reds to hand Choo over $100 million. The Tigers, Rangers, Red Sox and Mariners appear to be the most likely landing spots for the 31-year-old outfielder.
Dan Uggla 2B ATL 3 Hrs
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Yankees have no interest in trading for Braves second baseman Dan Uggla.
The Yankees are now forced to explore the market to fill the void at second base left by Robinson Cano's departure, but Uggla won't be one of the names they consider. Omar Infante is believed to be the preferred option for the Bombers.
Edward Mujica RP BOS 3 Hrs
Red Sox signed Edward Mujica to a two-year, $9.5 million contract.
The two sides reached an agreement earlier in the week, the official announcement was just pending a physical which Mujica took on Thursday. He's likely to work in the eighth inning as a setup man in front of closer Koji Uehara.
Hanley Ramirez SS/3B LAD 4 Hrs
A contract extension for Hanley Ramirez could be imminent after he posted a picture of himself on Instagram with the caption ""To Los Angeles.. Good news!!!!" on Friday.
The two sides have been in the process of negotiating a long-term extension, and the belief is that the only reason Ramirez would be flying to Los Angeles would be to sign on the dotted line. The deal is rumored to be in the range of six years and more than $100 million.
Omar Infante 2B DET 4 Hrs
Andrew Marchand of ESPN believes that Omar Infante is a logical choice to end up with the Yankees after Robinson Cano's departure.
Infante already received a contract offer from the Yankees earlier in the offseason, but indicated he didn't want to sign with the team unless he was assured he would play everyday. Now with a gaping hole at second base, Infante stands as the finest option on the free agent market, and would also provide insurance at third base if the suspension of Alex Rodriguez holds up.
Andy Dirks LF/RF.. DET 4 Hrs
According to Lynn Henning, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed this week that they are not yet ready to name Andy Dirks as their starting left fielder for the upcoming season.
For all intents and purposes the club is still seeking an upgrade to the position through free agency or trade, and remains one of the most likely landing destinations for Shin-Soo Choo. If the Tigers strike out on the open market, Dirks would stand to be the primary beneficiary and would see most of the action in left against right-handed pitching.
Orioles signed OF Francisco Peguero to a one-year contract.
Financial details have not yet been disclosed. The 25-year-old will battle for a reserve outfielder role with the O's during the spring, and could be a dark horse candidate to win the starting job in left field. He slashed an impressive .316/.354/.408 with three homers and 30 RBI in 70 games with Triple-A Fresno in 2013.
Brett Anderson P OAK 5 Hrs
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rockies and Athletics discussed a potential trade involving Brett Anderson, but the two sides were unable to find a match.
While the Rockies are in clear need of an upgrade or two to their rotation, Rosenthal notes that the talks for Anderson are unlikely to continue. The oft-injured 25-year-old southpaw has generated a lot of buzz in recent days, with the Yankees, Blue Jays, Indians, Twins and Mariners all rumored to be interested in acquiring his services.
T. J. McFarland RP BAL 5 Hrs
Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that T.J. McFarland could be a candidate to secure one of the final spots in the rotation this spring.
Showalter noted that McFarland is having a great season in the Venezuelan Winter League. The 24-year-old lefty was a Rule-5 selection from the Indians, and worked out of the bullpen for the O's this past season posting a 4.22 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 58/28 K/BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings.
J. A. Happ SP TOR 6 Hrs
Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet believes that J.A. Happ could become a trade chip for the Blue Jays if they are intent on creating payroll flexibility.
The 31-year-old southpaw will earn $5.2 million in 2013, and has a team option for $6.7 million in 2015, making him a relatively inexpensive option for teams looking for rotation help.