Rumors Fly at Day 1 of MLB Winter Meetings, Still Plenty of Moves to Be Made


Rumors Fly at Day 1 of MLB Winter Meetings, Still Plenty of Moves to Be Made11:25 p.m.: Theo Epstein said on Monday that the Red Sox will look for a bat that can handle left-handed pitching. Perhaps that bat will be that of Magglio Ordonez.

According to CSNNE’s Sean McAdam, the Sox are expressing interest in signing Magglio Ordonez.

The outfielder hit .371 against lefties in 2010 with the Tigers.

10:45 p.m.: On the other hand, Ken Rosenthal is now reporting that the Yankees would be unwilling to give Cliff Lee a seven-year deal.

Rosenthal cites a source that said the Yankees do not plan on giving him the seven-year pact he’s coveting and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed that shortly thereafter. He added via Twitter: “Yankees have internally said 7 yrs is dealbreaker with Lee, would go to 6, perhaps, to finish off a deal”

10:30 p.m.: Whoever ends up with Cliff Lee will end up the impressive left-hander for a long time.

According to Ken Rosenthal, it’s going to take a seven-year deal to get the 32-year-old to sign on the dotted line.

The Yankees and Rangers remain the biggest favorites to land Lee, and the Yankees have reportedly expressed a willingness to give Lee the seven-year deal.

10 p.m.: The news is starting to slow some as the night winds down, but Fox’s Jon Morosi has some news on Jeff Francis.

Morosi says there are several teams — Nationals, Pirates, Mets, Mariners Rockies and Rangers among them — that have expressed interest in the left-handed pitcher.

8:40 p.m.: The latest round of reports on Zack Greinke have the Royals asking for a whole lot in return for their ace.

MLBTradeRumors has The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reporting that KC is still in talks with Texas for the righty, but Dutton says that the Royals are still wanting more for the Cy Young winner.

What’s it going to take for the Blue Jays to acquire Greinke? High-level prospects Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider, for starters.

8:25 p.m.: Now that Yankees GM Brian Cashman is no longer dressing as an elf, it’s time to get back to business.

Part of that business is finding out whether or not the 2011 version of the Yankees will feature Andy Petttite. If the season started today, it looks like it wouldn’t.

Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger reports that Cashman recently checked in on Pettitte and the lefty is still leaning toward retiring.

7:45 p.m.: Peter Gammons speculated on Red Sox Hot Stove Live that former Red Sox minor leaguer Matt Murton would be a great fit for the Sox.

Murton, who was part of the deal that sent Nomar Garciaparra to Chicago, recently broke Ichiro Suzuki’s hit record in Japan. He also still has another year left on his contract in Japan.

Because of those factors, he “probably can’t get out” of that contract, tweets Gammons.

Of course, as Gammons pointed out on NESN earlier Monday night, the Red Sox have been down that path before when they acquired Kevin Millar.

7:37 p.m.: Adam MacPherson of the Providence Journal is reporting that there are 12 teams that have inquired with the Red Sox about recently non-tendered pitcher Taylor Buchholz.

7:30 p.m.: Buster Olney’s at it again. This time, it’s in regards to young Oakland starter Trevor Cahill.

Olney hears the A’s are trying to ink the 22-year-old to a multiyear extension, definitely a worthwhile investment. He went 18-8 last season with a 2.98 ERA.

7:20 p.m.: It was reported earlier in the day that the Red Sox had expressed interest in obtaining reliever Brian Fuentes and we now have an idea as to what that may cost.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the lefty reliever is looking for $6-8 million per season.

7:09 p.m.: MLBTradeRumors has posted a tweet from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic saying the Diamondbacks have made an offer to Mike Hampton — yes, that Mike Hampton.

The 38-year-old lefty threw 4 1/3 innings in 10 games for the D-Backs in 2010.

6:55 p.m.: For what it’s worth, Hall of Famer Peter Gammons just said on Red Sox Hot Stove Live that a contract extension for Adrian Gonzalez has “absolutely not been done, but it will get done.”

6:50 p.m.: According to Ken Rosenthal both the Red Sox and Yankees are “definitely on” Dodgers catcher Russell Martin.

Buster Olney tweeted earlier that Martin would prefer to be closer to the East Coast (he’s from Ontario) and that the Red Sox and Yankees were interested.

Rosenthal also reports that the Mets and Blue Jays are interested as well, but to lesser extent.

6:09 p.m.: ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets that the Yankees and Cliff Lee’s agent met on Monday, but surprisingly, no money was discussed.

Probably safe to assume that if Lee signs at the meetings, it won’t be until the end, if that.

6:05 p.m.: Former MLB player and current ESPN analyst is the latest person to chime in on how destructive Adrian Gonzalez could be to opposing pitchers while playing in Boston.”To me, this guy has a chance to put up MVP numbers every year he’s in Boston,” Kruk said on an ESPN special from the winter meetings. “And it wouldn’t surprise me if he made a run at the Triple Crown.”

5:57 p.m.: Minutes later, Fox’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that a Dodgers source has told him there is “zero” legitimacy to Fielder-to-Los Angeles talks.

Well alright.

5:55 p.m.: SI’s Jon Heyman just tweeted that the Brewers are meeting internally to discuss the possiblity of moving Prince Fielder.

However, he did also mention that he couldn’t confirm the earlier rumors of a potential trade involving Fielder heading to L.A. in exchange for James Loney and Jonathan Broxton.

5:45 p.m.: The Orioles are now in on the discussions for Nats outfielder Josh Willingham.

Per MLBTradeRumors, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the O’s are having discussions about possibly orchestrating a trade for Willingham.

The O’s would likely move Willingham to first, across the diamond from Mark Reynolds whom they picked up earlier on Monday from Arizona.

The Red Sox were also vaguely connected to Willingham as well on Monday.

5:28 p.m.: Not really news or a rumor, but Casey Kelly, the former No. 1 prospect in Boston’s farm system, took time on Monday to thank Red Sox Nation before he heads to San Diego.

Kelly tweeted this on Monday afternoon following the press conference announcing the Adrian Gonzalez trade:

“I want to thank the Boston organization and redsox nation for all the support sad to leave but excited for the opportunity that’s has happen”

5:20 p.m.: With Adrian Gonzalez now in Boston, the Red Sox obviously have no real reason to acquire Prince Fielder, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are emerging as a potential trade partner with Milwaukee for the slugger.

According to ESPN L.A.’s Tony Jackson, the two teams are discussing a deal that would send Fielder to Los Angeles in exchange for first baseman James Loney and closer Jonathan Broxton.

5:15 p.m.: The Red Sox didn’t have much competition it seems in acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, but they did have some.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted that the Chicago White Sox were willing to part ways with Gordon Beckham, but were unable to match the package the Red Sox were willing to give up.

Nightengale also reports that the Mariners were in on talks with the Pads for Gonzalez.

4:45 p.m.: Sandy Alderson doesn’t look to be afraid to shake things up in the Big Apple. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, a Mets team official is saying that everyone is open to being moved — even David Wright, Jose Reyes or Carlos Beltran.

4:39 p.m.: Add the Nats to the long list of teams to have spoken with team Lee already

4:19 p.m.: In perhaps the craziest rumor of the day, Heyman is reporting that the Phillies are interested in bringing back Cliff Lee, “but they won’t outbid Yankees.”

We’ve heard that one a few times before.

The Red Sox have also spoken with Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, according to WEEI.

4:17 p.m.: The Yankees are reportedly interested in signing Matt Diaz to serve as the team’s platoon outfielder, says Fanhouse.

Diaz, who was non-tendered by the Braves last week, would be a nice right-handed option for both Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson in the outfield.

4:08 p.m.: According to Ken Rosenthal and sources close to WEEI, the Red Sox and Gonzalez have agreed on a seven-year, $154 million extension.

3:50 p.m.: With the Sox likely out of the Beltre sweepstakes — unless of course, they plan on sliding Youk both across and out — the Angels have become almost a lock to snag Beltre.

In fact, Peter Gammons recently tweeted that Beltre is “sitting on the Angels’ doorstep, if so they choose.”

3:41 p.m.: Rosenthal just tweeted a correction to his earlier report of the Mora deal.

The D-Backs have inked him to a one-year, $2.4 million deal — not two-year, $4 million.

3:35 p.m.: Just hours after dealing away a strikeout machine in Mark Reynolds, the Diamondbacks may be adding a one to the roster — but this is the kind of strikeout machine they’d like to have.

According to Olney, the D-Backs are interested in adding free-agent reliever J.J. Putz to their bullpen, specifically to close out games.

3 p.m.: The Blue Jays aren’t just reportedly looking to bolster their staff as the Jays are also interested in Carlos Pena as a first-base option, reports Gordon Edes.

2:56 p.m.: It sounds like Zack Greinke will be on the move this offseason.

Heyman tweets that if he were in charge of the Jays, he would cough up Travis Snider and Kyle Drabek (who went 14-9 for Double-A New Hampshire in 2010 and was the key player in the Roy Halladay deal with Phillies) for the Royals’ ace.

2:39 p.m.: A big thanks to TC for his latest from Florida, which can be seen below.

Padres manager Bud Black on Gonzalez: “He has the ability to hit the ball with power to straight-away left field.”

On the three prospects the Padres are getting from the Red Sox: “They’re young. A lot of potential. Probably a lot closer to the big leagues than a lot of people think.”

2:37 p.m.:
In the probably what Reds fans don’t want to hear department: “[Aroldis Chapman] has No. 1 starter stuff. but he has No. 1 bullpen stuff, too.”

This latest tweet from Stark may not sit well with Reds fans, who probably want to see him as the club’s ace.

2:34 p.m.: There are a handful of teams interested in Russell Martin, claims Heyman.

Among them? Your Boston Red Sox.

Along with the Sox, the Yankees, Blue Jays and Mets are all believed to be asking about Martin.

According to Heyman’s “lobby talk,” Martin is still considered a full-time, reliable backstop.

2:18 p.m.: The Cubs, Nats and Rangers are all willing to take a shot at Brandon Webb, says Jerry Crasnick.

2:10 p.m.: The Yanks aren’t just sitting back and watching the Sox steal the MLB headlines.

According to Olney, the Yankees are expecting to meet with Cliff Lee and his people on Monday afternoon. Stay tuned.

2 p.m.: Rosenthal believes that Carl Crawford won’t be a member of the Red Sox in 2011.

He states that because of the Gonzo signing and Jayson Werth’s contract with the Nats, Crawford will be asking north of what the Sox can afford.

After all, Crawford is two years younger and has arguably more weapons than the Nats’ new slugger. Rosenthal expects Crawford to seek a contract in the $150 million range, which was inflated after seeing a player like Werth getting $126 million for seven years.

In the same blog, Rosenthal states that a source indicates that the Sox have flirted with the idea of moving Youkilis to left field and signing Adrian Beltre.

1:55 p.m.:
The Halos are putting on blinders when it comes to closers not named Rafael Soriano.

Olney is reporting that the team is focued on the former Rays closer, who is expecting between $30-40 million.

1:45 p.m.: The Yanks and Rangers aren’t the only clubs going after southpaw Cliff Lee.

The ace’s agent, Darek Braunecker, held court on Tuesday but didn’t tip his hand too much.

He did, however, tell reporters that they have visited with “significantly more clubs” than just the Rangers and Yankees, according to Bryan Hoch.

1:43 p.m.: In a smaller signing, the DBacks and Melvin Mora have agreed on a two-year, $4 million deal, reports Rosenthal.

1:22 p.m.: With Victor Martinez, Derek Jeter and Jayson Werth off the market, Adrian Beltre is one of just a few top-of-the-line sluggers still available.

But he’s available at a pretty hefty price, according to Rosenthal as Beltre’s asking price is five years, $85 million.

Olney, however, tweets that the former Sox third baseman wants five years, “north of $70 million.”

Heyman claims it could get up to the $90 million mark for five years.

1:13 p.m.: Tony Lee met up with Jed Hoyer in Orlando to speak about what the Padres GM thinks Gonzo can do at the Fens. Check out his interview here.

1:11 p.m.: Be sure to check out the A-Gon news conference, in its entirety, by clicking here.

1:02 p.m.: The Padres are wasting no time filling the A-Gon void, as Jayson Stark is reporting that Hoyer is looking at Adam LaRoche and Derek Lee as viable replacement options.

1 p.m.: The Yanks are in on the Bill Hall sweepstakes, reports Heyman.

The Bombers join six others interested in the former Sox utility guy.

12:52 p.m.: This just in from Tom Caron, who spoke with Padres GM Jed Hoyer at the winter meetings in Orlando:

“In our one-on-one conversation, Hoyer told me he was ‘never all that worried’ about the deal falling apart [Sunday], even after the 2 p.m. deadline had passed. The 2 p.m. deadline was real, imposed after agreement in principal had been reached. An extension was easy to grant, so deal was able to get done.

“While Hoyer wasn’t worried, he said the Red Sox probably were at some point [Sunday] afternoon. In the end, Hoyer said ‘these deals always fall apart before they come together.'”

12:36 p.m.:
The Red Sox, as well as five others, are reportedly interested in former O’s pitcher and current free agent, Koji Uehara, according to sources close to the Baltimore Sun.

Along with the Sox and Orioles, the Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals are all interested in the Japanese reliever.

Baltimore is likely the only club who would use him as a closer.

12:19 p.m.:
Just hours after introducing Adrian Gonzalez to the city of Boston, the Red Sox and the first baseman have reportedly agreed on a eight-year, $161 million extension, according to Jon Heyman’s sources.

12:15 p.m.: The O’s and DBacks have made the Mark Reynolds deal official. While Reynolds heads to B’More, pitchers David Hernandez and Kam Mikolio will be heading to the desert, pending physicals, reports Heyman.

12:12 p.m.: For you Twitter followers,’s Red Sox reporter Tony Lee is in Orlando getting all the latest at the winter meetings. You can (and should!) follow him here.

11:58 a.m.: Pads fans everywhere are turning in their Gonzalez jerseys on Monday but the Friar faithful can hang on to their Heath Bell unis, according to GM Jed Hoyer.

Jon Heyman reports that Hoyer has confirmed that Bell will be the Padres’ closer in 2011.

11:50 a.m.: Red Sox Nation is yearning for Carl Crawford, but the Sox may be looking at a smaller name to join the outfield mix.

Jayson Stark of reports that the Sox “have always liked” Josh Willingham, who played the last two seasons for the Washington Nationals after breaking in with the Florida Marlins.

The 31-year-old hit .268 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs in 114 games in 2010. Since the Nats just tossed a few sacks of greenbacks at Jayson Werth, they may be interested in unloading Willingham, who made $4.6 million in 2010 and will be a free agent following the 2011 season.

11:30 a.m.: The Rockies are pretty serious about their CarGo as the club has reportedly offered 25-year-old outfielder Carlos Gonzalez “7-to-10 years this winter,” writes Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

The Rox recently signed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a seven-year, $134.5-million extension. CarGo, represented by Scott Boras, just completed his first full season in the bigs. Renck speculates that the Rockies’ informal offer was roughly $80 million over seven years.

11:21 a.m.: The Twins, who won the rights to negotiate with infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, are hoping to agree to a three-year deal.

The 26-year-old middle infielder led the Pacific League in batting with a .346 average this season. He racked up 206 hits — the most for a Pacific League player since Ichiro in 1994. Although he’s considered a MLB second baseman, it’s believed he can play a little shortstop as well.

11:15 a.m.: Jeff Francoeur is being poked and prodded by the Royals, Phillies and Rockies, according to Rosenthal, who points out he’ll likely get the most playing time in Kansas City.

11:04 a.m.: Getting back to Konerko — who led all free agents in 2010 with 39 homer — White Sox GM Jerry Reinsdorf told reporters “[Konerko] belongs in Chicago” and that he hopes Konerko signs with the ChiSox by the end of the week.

10:56 a.m.: The O’s may be adding a bat (and strikeout artist) in Mark Reynolds, as multiple sources are reporting that the deal between Baltimore and Arizona is nearing completion, or “making progress,” according to Brittany Ghiroli.

10:47 a.m.: The Sox are reportedly looking into lefty reliever Brian Fuentes, according to the Herald.

10:33 a.m.: The Sox may have made one of the biggest splashes this offseason by trading for Gonzo, but the team still has some holes to fill or upgrade.

According to our pal Nick Cafardo at the Globe, the Sox may be interested in adding another right-handed bat to play left field. Cafardo lists Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Quentin and even Jermaine Dye — who didn’t play last season — as possible targets for the Sox front office.

If you had the choice to add any of these three to the Sox’ outfield, which one would you pick?

10:22 a.m.: The A’s have lost out on pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, as there is a report out of Japan suggesting Iwakuma will return to the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

The A’s and the hurler had a window to negotiate, and although Susan Slusse, who covers the Oakland A’s for the San Francisco Chronicle, reported that the two sides were talking Monday, Kyodo believes the Golden Eagles have retained the pitcher and a news conference is slated for Wednesday.

The 28-year-old righty has gone 39-15 with a 2.68 ERA in the last three years for the Tohoku Rakuten in the Japan Pacific League.

10:15 a.m.:
The PTBNL in the Sox-Pads deal for Adrian Gonzalez was thrown in as just that — a throw in, according to Buster Olney.

Olney “heard” that the player is a “ssecondary prospect, not frontline.”

9:54 a.m.: The Rays are expecting to unload a few big names this offseason, but not all of which will be in the form of free agents.

According to Buster Olney, the Rays are looking to trade shortstop Jason Bartlett. The market for middle infielders is pretty thin, and despite his down year in 2010, the Rays could get some talent for the $5 million man.

The Rays have 25-year-old Reid Brignac ready to step in as the starter. The team could use some bullpen help, as the Rays are expecting to lose Joaquin Benoit (who has already signed with the Tigers), Rafael Soriano, and Grant Balfour.

Tampa is likely to part ways with Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena (whom the Nats are reportedly interested in), as well this offseason.

9:35 a.m.: The Rockies are reportedly interested in the recently Yankees’ non-tendered hurler Alfredo Aceves, says Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

 The Yanks apparently want him back, but through a minor league deal. Aceves appeared in just three games in 2010 due to back pain and a fractured left clavicle (which he suffered from a bicycle accident).

9:21 a.m.: According to a WEEI source, the Sox’ offer was never close to Jayson Werth’s seven-year, $126 million deal with the Nats.

This should shock few, as Werth (a one-time All-Star at the age of 31) was on the Sox’ radar, but not a necessity like a first (or third) baseman was. The report also indicates that the team never even made a formal offer.

9:14 a.m.: Former White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who owns an offseason home in the Phoenix area, may remain in the desert during the 2011 regular season as he and Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers “had extended talks,” according to Fox Sports.

8:48 a.m.: The Brewers and Blue Jays are expected to announce a one-for-one deal on Monday, pending physicals.

According to the Milwaukee Journal, the Brewers traded second baseman Brett Lawrie, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2008, to Toronto for righty Shaun Marcum.

The club has now traded its top prospect twice in less than the last two years for pitching help. In July 2008, the Brewers traded outfielder/first baseman Matt LaPorta to Cleveland in a deal for lefty CC Sabathia.

8:24 a.m.: It could be an interesting week for the Dodgers and GM Ned Colletti. The team has already active this offseason, having signed starting pitchers Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda and Jon Garland, infielder Juan Uribe, catcher Rod Barajas and outfielder Jay Gibbons.

The club still needs a left fielder, and are reportedly in touch with speedster Scott Podsednik, according to the LA Times.

Colletti may scoop up a big-name reliever, as Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier and West Springfield, Mass., native Chris Capuano are also rumored to be on his radar.

8 a.m.:
The MLB excitement won’t just be in the south on Monday morning as slugger Adrian Gonzalez is expected to be announced as a member of the Boston Red Sox today at 11 a.m.

According to a WEEI source, “[Gonzalez] wanted this for a really long time,” referring to being a member of the Sox.

7 a.m.: If Sunday was any indication of what’s to come, baseball junkies will be in for quite the treat when the Major League Baseball winter meetings start on Monday.

The meetings, usually a hotbed for offseason action, have been preceded by some pretty big moves already.

The biggest, especially for Red Sox fans, is obviously the team’s acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez. The Red Sox and Padres finalized their deal, a deal that was reportedly on life support when the Red Sox couldn’t iron out a contract extension with the All-Star. That all changed on Sunday night when it was announced the deal was back on and had been finalized, with the Red Sox announcing a press conference for Monday morning.

On late Sunday afternoon, free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth decided to leave Philadelphia to sign with the Washington Nationals for an insane seven years and $126 million, a deal that should set the mark pretty high for potential deals at the meetings.

Which offseason domino will fall next? Stay with’s live blog throughout the meetings for up-to-the-minute updates from across the baseball world.

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