|12.30.10 at 11:01 am ET|
Although Royals closer Joakim Soria has a no-trade clause in his contract, the pitcher told a Mexican newspaper that he would not block a trade to the Bronx if the opportunity arose. Soria told Vanguardia that his agent listed the Yankees among other teams as a strategy, but if the Royals were willing to part with the All-Star closer, Soria would welcome a trade to the Yankees, or any other team interested.
Soria has recorded 132 saves to go along with an impressive 2.01 ERA in four years with the underachieving Royals, and would potentially be used as a setup man for Mariano Rivera, the 41-year-old closer, before eventually taking over Rivera’s role. Rivera signed a two-year contract worth $30 million to remain in New York this offseason.
|12.30.10 at 10:58 am ET|
While most big-name free agents this winter already signed to new contracts, several of the second-tier free agents remain unsigned, like third baseman Adrian Beltre and pitcher Carl Pavano. Pavano has reportedly narrowed his choice down to two teams: the Twins and the Nationals, the Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune reports.
Pavano, 34, is seeking a three-year deal, which seems to be the hold up. Pavano won 17 games in 2010 with the Twins, but he struggled to live up to a four-year, $39 million contract with the Yankees previously.
|12.29.10 at 2:45 pm ET|
The report suggests that the A’s made several offers to Beltre, who is believed to be looking for a five-year, $85 million contract. If the A’s are indeed out of the running it would seem that the Angels are the clear leaders in the Beltre derby, though Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are still an option for the third baseman, who hit .321 with 28 home runs and 102 RBI for the Red Sox in 2010.
|12.29.10 at 10:41 am ET|
The agent for Octavio Dotel said the reliever has an agreement for a one-year deal with the Blue Jays worth $3.5 million. The agent, Dominic Torres, told ESPNdesportes.com that the team will have a $3.5 million option in 2012.
Dotel, 37, saved 22 games appearing for the Pirates, Dodgers and Rockies last season.
|12.29.10 at 6:43 am ET|
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said Tuesday that he has been exchanging text messages with Andy Pettitte and he believes that the pitcher is “leaning toward retirement.”
“I think, like everyone else [thinks], if he’s leaning one way, he’s probably leaning towards retiring,” Teixeira said on Tuesday at a news conference to kick off Thursday’s Pinstripe Bowl game at Yankee Stadium. “I think that’s what he’s publicly said. It’s no secret right now. That’s probably where he’s leaning. But in a month and a half, a lot can happen.”
|12.28.10 at 3:19 pm ET|
Heyman lists the Blue Jays, Rays, Rockies, Mariners, Twins, Pirates, Phillies, Brewers, Yankees and Mets as teams with an eye on the left-hander, who remains unsigned as the new year draws closer. Fuentes has pitched for three of the teams on that list, as he broke into the majors with the Mariners before spending the next seven years in Colorado. He finished last season with the Twins after being acquired from the Angels and allowed three hits and no runs in nine appearances for Minnesota.
Fuentes had a career-high 48 saves with the Angels in 2009. His 2.81 earned run average between the Angels and the Twins last season was the third-best mark of his career. He posted ERAs of 2.73 and 2.75 in 2008 and 2003, respectively.
If the Red Sox were to bring in the 35-year-old, he would join Bobby Jenks as another major addition to the Sox’ bullpen. The Sox signed Jenks to a two-year, $12 million deal earlier this month.
|12.28.10 at 1:02 pm ET|
During an interview on Dallas radio station SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket, Rangers president Nolan Ryan stated that his team may have interest in free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, but would have to move some pieces around.
Ryan said regarding Beltre, “Well, when you have a player of his caliber out there, you have to have an interest if it’s realistic within what your budget is and how he would fit into your ball club and how you would hit him in the lineup and stuff of that nature. So, obviously with our ball club, it wouldn’t be nearly as clear-cut as somebody else, say whether it be the Angels and the rumor is that Oakland has made him offer. I would say if you looked at the free agent market right now, he’s probably the premier free agent that’s still unsigned.”
Beltre signing with the Rangers would be the best-case scenario for the Red Sox due to the fact that both the Angels’ and A’s first-round picks are protected, not allowing the Sox to receive them as compensation for the third baseman signing with another team. (For more on that, click here.)
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