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11-13-2012, 02:19 PM
I thought I would start a thread to post rumors and news.


In today's Insider-only blog post, ESPN's Buster Olney lists some free agents who are trending upward as the market begins to take shape, including J.P. Howell, Jonathan Broxton, Cody Ross, Jeremy Guthrie, Joe Saunders, Ryan Ludwick, Jason Grilli, Sean Burnett, and Jeff Keppinger. Here are the rest of Olney's rumors...

There has been substantial interest in Broxton so far, and it appears he could receive one of the largest contracts of the relief market.


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) notes that the Reds are looking into two relievers coming off of Tommy John surgery in Joakim Soria and Ryan Madson. Soria will be out until May while Madson should be set to open the season.

11-13-2012, 02:38 PM

Free agent Shane Victorino is on the radar for the Reds and Indians, tweets ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. The Rangers and Red Sox are also among the clubs looking into Victorino as they look to improve their outfield situation.

11-14-2012, 02:35 PM
Victorino update, 8 to 11 teams have interest. Same radar comment which Matt posted.

Victorino, who recently agreed to be represented by agent John Boggs, seeks a contract of more than two years and will consider playing any of the three outfield positions.

The Reds and Indians appear to have Victorino on their radar.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#WljztVKirT3uPWcS.99

11-15-2012, 10:34 AM
An evaluation of the free agency of Ryan Ludwick

Carl Sagan wrote in his 1985 novel Contact, "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." Sagan was referring to our universe, but one would understand if Ludwick feels similarly about Petco Park.

Given the disparity, don't expect to see Ludwick back in the vastness of San Diego or anywhere similar -- Seattle (even with the fences moved in), Oakland, Kansas City, Miami and the Dodgers at the least should be eliminated by this crteria. The Reds don't seem to have much to spend after locking up Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto last season, but Ludwick still fits. The Yankees could tab him as Nick Swisher's replacement. The Red Sox could use him in the same role Cody Ross filled last season. If the Rangers spend the bulk of their free agent budget on pitching, Ludwick would be a good medium-cost replacement for Josh Hamilton.

At 34 years old, with a robust outfield market and his park limitations, Ludwick won't draw a megadeal. But Ludwick has been a solidly above-average player when away from the openness of Petco Park, and he should get paid like it -- perhaps two years, $24 million with an option for a third year gets it done.

Potential Suitors: Reds, Red Sox, Rangers, Yankees

Long Shots: Mets, Braves, Rockies

11-15-2012, 01:19 PM

Olney's Latest: Broxton, Guthrie, Hunter, Mariners

There has been substantial interest in Broxton so far, and it appears he could receive one of the largest contracts of the relief market.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/11/olneys-latest-broxton-guthrie-hunter-mariners.html#HdlQGCQbzKeOFP6H.99

11-15-2012, 04:34 PM
Jocketty shoots down some rumors: Bourn, Cozart, Bruce



11-16-2012, 01:57 PM
Melky Cabrera to the Blue Jays for 2 years $16 million. (Link is in Spanish)


11-18-2012, 05:47 PM
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer sees the Reds' 2013 payroll being $92MM, but a team insider tells him the actual number could start with an eight. This would make it difficult, in Fay's opinion, to do anything in free agency except sign a closer or re-sign Ryan Ludwick.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/11/nl-notes-laroche-phillies-reds-cardinals.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook#mQD4GdZSFwp3U878.99

11-18-2012, 06:06 PM
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer sees the Reds' 2013 payroll being $92MM, but a team insider tells him the actual number could start with an eight. This would make it difficult, in Fay's opinion, to do anything in free agency except sign a closer or re-sign Ryan Ludwick.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/11/nl-notes-laroche-phillies-reds-cardinals.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook#mQD4GdZSFwp3U878.99


11-18-2012, 08:25 PM
No discussion, please.

11-21-2012, 06:59 PM

Scott Rolen has told the Reds he may play next season, but he isn't ready to make a final decision tweets Stark. The team wants him back in some role.

11-26-2012, 11:40 PM

Giants Likely To Non-Tender Brian Wilson
By Steve Adams [November 26 at 8:47pm CST]
Brian Wilson has saved 171 games for the Giants dating back to 2006, but now, following his Tommy John surgery earlier this year, it appears likely that he'll be non-tendered, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

As Schulman notes, teams must pay arbitration-eligible players at least 80 percent of their previous salary, which would mean the minimum offer the Giants can make Wilson is $6.8MM. That's a hefty price tag for a closer coming off Tommy John, even if he was elite at his peak. The Giants would like to non-tender Wilson and re-sign him to a one-year deal with a lower base salary, but Wilson isn't as open to that scenario.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#F9P9gyvoxPHxPCDu.99

11-27-2012, 08:44 AM
you want to fight!!:D

You can fight but you can't discuss fighting.

Meanwhile the Angels are apparently close to signing Ryan Madson to a one year deal. Madson hopes this is closer than his resigning with the Phillies last year.


The Los Angeles Angels are close to a deal with free agent righthanded reliever Ryan Madson, major-league sources told CBSSports.com.
The deal is believed to be for one guaranteed year. Madson, from nearby Moreno County, was looking for a chance to close, and he should have that with the Angels. He missed the 2012 season after having Tommy John surgery.

The Reds showed interest, as well, but are deep in talks with Jonathan Broxton now. Madson, a Temecula, Calif. resident, used Angels doctors while he rehabbed this year.

11-27-2012, 04:05 PM

At least seven teams -- the Reds, Indians, Yankees, Rangers, Giants, Rays and Red Sox -- are believed to be interested in Shane Victorino, one of four excellent center fielders in a strong but still developing market.

Several teams are believed willing to go at least three years for Victorino, who publicly said months ago he was thinking about five years. An uncharacteristically unproductive second half probably prevents a five-year deal, but he's going to do OK, considering the number of teams interested.

11-27-2012, 04:06 PM

As timing goes, Jeff Keppinger's could not have been much worse.

Primed to capitalize on a breakout 2012 season in which he hit a career-high .325, the free agent infielder recently suffered a break in his right fibula tripping down some stairs at his house. The break, described as a small one in the calf by major-league sources, has been repaired surgically. He is at home recuperating.

Keppinger is said by sources to hope to be ready by mid-January and certainly by the start of spring training. Interested teams, aware of the injury, have been perusing medical reports. Keppinger's agent Keith Grunewald has been said to be very transparent about the injury, though Grunewald declined to comment to CBSSports.com.

11-27-2012, 04:26 PM

Madson to Angels.

11-28-2012, 06:11 PM
Braves To Sign B.J. Upton
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [November 28 at 4:49pm CST]
4:49pm: It's a five-year, $75.25MM contract, Rosenthal reports (on Twitter).

Upton declined a qualifying offer from the Rays, which means the Rays are now eligible to obtain a top pick in the 2013 draft. The Braves will surrender their first round draft pick to sign Upton, though that selection won't go directly to Tampa Bay.

11-29-2012, 02:19 PM
Rockies will discuss Fowler and Cuddyer.


11-29-2012, 04:35 PM
Denard Span to the Nationals for Alex Meyer (former Kentucky Wildcat). He's more or less comparable to Robert Stephenson for us.

BREAKING: @Nationals acquire OF Denard Span from @Twins for Minor League RHP Alex Meyer.

11-29-2012, 06:48 PM

Reds Notes: Span, Latos, Bailey, Ludwick
By Mark Polishuk [November 29 at 5:45pm CST]
With B.J. Upton now a Brave and Denard Span now a National, the Reds' outfield/leadoff hitter options are thinning out, writes MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. The Reds tried to acquire Span from the Twins at last year's trade deadline, though Sheldon hadn't heard anything about the Reds continuing their pursuit for Span this winter. Sheldon believes Michael Bourn and Angel Pagan are too expensive for the Reds and Shane Victorino may be as well, though Cincinnati is one of at least seven teams who have shown interest in Victorino's services.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#O1MbpHYSfdAkSk4W.99

11-29-2012, 08:00 PM
Tomorrow, November 30, is the non-tender deadline. Teams declining to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players allow them to become free agents. The non-tender date is earlier this year, apparently under the new CBA.

This could result in last minute trades (like tonight) of arbitration eligible players - trade them rather than let them go for nothing. And it opens up a new group of free agents for this off-season.

11-29-2012, 08:34 PM
From Twitter:

@Ken_Rosenthal Source: #Pirates reach agreement with Russell Martin, pending physical.

11-29-2012, 09:08 PM
Tomorrow, November 30, is the non-tender deadline. Teams declining to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players allow them to become free agents. The non-tender date is earlier this year, apparently under the new CBA.

This could result in last minute trades of arbitration eligible players - trade them rather than let them go for nothing. And it opens up a new group of free agents for this off-season.

In this vein, Brian Wilson is scheduled to be nontendered, according to multiple baseball writers on Twitter

11-30-2012, 04:26 PM
This MLBTR piece says the Nats may be shopping Morse:


11-30-2012, 05:55 PM

American League Non-Tenders
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [November 30 at 4:50pm CST]
Here are today’s American League non-tenders. All decisions must be in by 11pm CDT tonight. Be sure to track all tender decisions using MLBTR's Non-Tender Tracker. Related resources include our list of non-tender candidates, our projected arbitration salaries and our arbitration eligibles series.

The Indians announced they non-tendered Jack Hannahan, Rafael Perez and Chris Seddon
The White Sox announced that they've non-tendered right-hander pitcher Anthony Carter and infielder Dan Johnson.
The Red Sox are expected to non-tender outfielder Ryan Sweeney, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he's been informed he'll be non-tendered.
The Royals announced that they won't tender outfielder Derrick Robinson a contract for 2013 (Twitter link). Robinson has no MLB experience so he wasn't arbitration eligible.
The Tigers announced that they will non-tender Daniel Schlereth. The left-hander was limited to six appearances this past season, which he mostly spent on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. Schlereth was not yet arbitration eligible.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#TJpCKy53tGj0jRzm.99

11-30-2012, 05:55 PM

National League Non-Tenders
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [November 30 at 3:57pm CST]
Here are today’s National League non-tenders. All decisions must be in by 11pm CDT tonight. Be sure to track all tender decisions using MLBTR's Non-Tender Tracker. Related resources include our list of non-tender candidates, our projected arbitration salaries and our arbitration eligibles series.

The Braves will non-tender Jair Jurrjens and Peter Moylan.
Mike Pelfrey has been informed he'll be non-tendered by the Mets, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports (on Twitter). The Mets were expected to non-tender Pelfrey.
The Phillies plan to non-tender Nate Schierholtz, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports (on Twitter).
The Pirates will non-tender Jeff Karstens, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (on Twitter). Technically the Pirates are designating Karstens for assignment, Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (on Twitter).
The Brewers have non-tendered left-hander Manny Parra, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (on Twitter).


Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#TJpCKy53tGj0jRzm.99

11-30-2012, 10:32 PM

Nationals Non-Tender John Lannan
By Mike Axisa [November 30 at 9:28pm CST]
The Nationals have non-tendered John Lannan, reports Bill Ladson of MLB.com (on Twitter). The left-hander was projected to earn $5MM during his third trip through arbitration this winter according to Matt Swartz.

Lannan, 28, made only six starts for Washington this year. He pitched to a 4.13 ERA with 4.7 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in 32 2/3 innings while spending most of the season in Triple-A despite a hefty $5MM salary. Lannan posted a 4.30 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 while in the minors.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#CFxQISAqBcCgTi4L.99

12-02-2012, 06:51 PM
Sources tell FoxSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal the Reds like Dexter Fowler and the Rockies like Homer Bailey. Now the question is whether their mutual interest crystallizes into trade discussions during the Winter Meetings.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/cincinnati_reds/index.html#mLy86P6FF2PATQWq.99

Wonderful Monds
12-02-2012, 08:00 PM
Morosi also mentions in passing that the Reds are interested in Cody Ross

12-03-2012, 04:17 PM
From Tim Brown:

Source: Pagan gets $40m over four years with Giants.

12-03-2012, 04:42 PM
The Mariners have checked in on Ryan Ludwick, among other hitters, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#QtoOEEvZTgYxA58Y.99

12-03-2012, 04:43 PM
In discussing Dexter Fowler with the Braves, the Rockies asked for Mike Minor, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (Twitter link).
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#QtoOEEvZTgYxA58Y.99

12-03-2012, 04:45 PM
Although the Twins seem to be looking at plenty of pitching options in free agency, the team has also been more active in trade talks than expected, says Crasnick. Teams with pitchers on the block have approached the Twins about both Ben Revere and Josh Willingham.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#QtoOEEvZTgYxA58Y.99

12-03-2012, 05:14 PM

Free-agent reliever Joakim Soria close to signing two-year deal with #Rangers, sources tell me and @jonmorosi.

12-03-2012, 05:45 PM
Angel Pagan returning to Giants


12-03-2012, 06:13 PM
Reds have offer out to Ludwick.


12-03-2012, 09:38 PM
From Peter Gammons yesterday

Peter Gammons ‏@pgammo

Clear 'Backs will lobbytalk Upton if Gregorius, Bogaerts, Simmons or Profar is avaliable, whivh none on, thus far

12-03-2012, 10:27 PM

12-03-2012, 10:58 PM
On a side note, the Reds and Red Sox do not appear to be in on Youk.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#jcRzTi6Kk6Jd33rd.99

12-04-2012, 09:02 AM
The Indians are looking for a package of four prospects in return for Asdrubal Cabrera. A deal that would have sent Cabrera out of Cleveland in exchange for an MLB pitcher and two prospects fell apart when the Tribe asked for a third minor leaguer to be included.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#DGeSmZBLBZdamI8h.99

12-04-2012, 09:02 AM
The Yankees are willing to listen to offers for Curtis Granderson
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#DGeSmZBLBZdamI8h.99

12-04-2012, 11:12 AM
Nationals Agree To Sign Dan Haren
By Luke Adams [December 4 at 10:05am CST]

The Nationals have reached an agreement to sign Dan Haren, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The deal will be for one year and $13MM, pending a physical.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#3rb1bQm6l2iqWDtq.99

12-04-2012, 12:55 PM
Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick

#Redsox, #Cubs and #Yankees also checking in on Victorino. #Braves and #reds .. not so much. #Phillies interest is tepid.

Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick

The Pagan & Bourn deals appear to be helping Victorino's market. He's now looking at a 3- or 4-year contract.

12-04-2012, 01:04 PM
The Indians have emerged as a prime suitor for Victorino, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

12-04-2012, 01:07 PM
Corey Brock ‏@FollowThePadres

The #Padres have no interest in trading 3B Chase Headley. GM Josh Byrnes not ruling out extension:

12-04-2012, 01:52 PM
#Dbacks RT/ @JimBowdenESPNxm: Rangers considering signing Hamilton then trading Andrus for Upton and playing Profar at SS.

12-04-2012, 02:06 PM
Dusty says Hamilton, "Has a lot to learn about baseball" before getting promoted. Can't say how soon he'll be up.


12-04-2012, 02:10 PM
Sources: #Rangers, Hamilton making progress. Deal, if reached, likely would be 4 yrs. But still possible another team could beat TEX offer.

12-04-2012, 02:52 PM
Sources: Jason Bay headed to Seattle.

Sources: Because of the aforementioned story, Reds fans everywhere exhale in relief.

12-04-2012, 04:14 PM
Nick Cafardo ‏@nickcafardo

Red Sox front runners on Shane Victorino. Offered three year $38 mill deal.

12-04-2012, 04:41 PM
Oh-oh! Big deal looming?

Pedro Gomez ‏@pedrogomezESPN

Phillies and Diamondbacks are discussing Justin Upton for Cliff Lee. Money coming to AZ would also be involved.

12-04-2012, 04:42 PM
The return the Twins received for Denard Span has somewhat hampered the Indians' efforts to trade Shin-Soo Choo, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports explains in a pair of Twitter links.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#lBvlj4dskatcrqy8.99

12-04-2012, 04:57 PM
Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick

Things are moving fast with Shane Victorino. Source says #redsox are in "good position'' to seal the deal.

12-04-2012, 04:58 PM
Nick Piecoro ‏@nickpiecoro

Dbacks source tells me the Upton/Lee stuff "hasn't been discussed" and is "off base."

12-04-2012, 05:12 PM
High Cheese ‏@HighCheese

Ruben Amaro with a strong denial of the Lee-Upton report. "I don't comment on rumors but that one is Absolutely and unequivocally false."

12-04-2012, 05:13 PM
John Fay ‏@johnfayman

#Reds talked to Ludwick, waiting hear back. "We're in the ballpark," Jocketty said. It's a 2-year deal. "I think they understand that."

12-04-2012, 05:14 PM
John Fay ‏@johnfayman

#Reds have talked to Arizona. Kubel, Parra, Upton are reportedly available. I don't think Reds could afford Upton.

12-04-2012, 05:15 PM
John Fay ‏@johnfayman

#Reds have talked to Bailey about a long-term deal. Plan to talk to Latos also.

12-04-2012, 05:39 PM
Reported on MLBTradeRumors Victorino to Red Sox, three years, 37.5 million, to play right field.

12-04-2012, 08:40 PM
Reported on MLBTradeRumors Victorino to Red Sox, three years, 37.5 million, to play right field.

Could Victorino open the door to a Jacoby Ellsbury deal?


Way too much for Victorino, BTW.

12-04-2012, 10:08 PM
Jim Duquette of MLB.com hears that Ryan Ludwick is looking for a two-year, $14 million deal.

It's a reasonable expectation after he batted .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs this past season while making just $2.5 million. The Reds would like to retain him, but they could have some competition. The Mets and Mariners are showing interest.


12-05-2012, 12:34 AM
Yunel Escobar was traded from the Marlins to the Rays for minor league INF Derek Dietrich.

Sent from my LG-VS700

12-05-2012, 01:41 AM
Way too much for Victorino, BTW.


12-05-2012, 10:01 AM
Ben Revere's name has surfaced as a possible trade candidate, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Revere became the Twins' projected center field starter with the trade of Denard Span to the Nationals, so Morosi believes Minnesota might need to get a center field back in order to move Revere.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#Tc5eeL2wcRR6IhCm.99

12-05-2012, 11:04 AM

The Reds have talked to Jack Hannahan. He hit .244/.312/.341 with four home runs and 29 RBI in 318 at-bat for Cleveland last year. He played mostly third, but he also played seven games at shortstop. He can first base as well.

He’s a 32-year-old, left-handed hitter. The Reds need bench help.

Reds/Flyers Fan
12-05-2012, 06:42 PM
Sam Lecure was a guest on with Tracy Jones on WLW this afternoon and Jones told Lecure that he's hearing that the Reds are interested in Jacoby Ellsbury. Lecure responded that he hadn't heard anything but that it would be exciting to see a player like that in CF in Cincinnati.


12-05-2012, 09:28 PM
Wildman Walker posted this on his facebook:

"i've learned through 2 souces at the baseball winter meetings in nashville, that the reds are on the verge of acquiring centerfielder jacoby ellsbury (a true leadoff hitter)
in exchange for oufielder drew stubbs and minor league pitching prospect
daniel corcino.
stay tuned."

12-05-2012, 10:35 PM
The Los Angeles Angels added another piece to their rotation Wednesday, agreeing with free agent Joe Blanton on a two-year contract worth $15 million, according to a source.

The guaranteed deal includes a club option for a third year, the source said.

The Angels also bolstered their bullpen Wednesday, agreeing to a two-year contract with left-handed reliever Sean Burnett.


12-06-2012, 09:20 AM

The Yankees' offer to Youkilis is for one-year and $12MM, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch (on Twitter).

12-06-2012, 09:49 AM
Red Sox deny Ellsbury is on the block.


12-06-2012, 10:08 AM
Rockies take Danny Rosenbaum from Nationals - Loveland kid, XU product, WTG!

12-06-2012, 12:19 PM
The Phillies acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Twins, reports MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Pitcher Vance Worley is going to the Twins in the deal, tweets Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/12/phillies-acquire-ben-revere.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#2btgSOIl2qcfg8ju.99

12-06-2012, 12:36 PM
Cardinals sign LOOGY Randy Choate


12-06-2012, 02:02 PM
"We came here with great anticipation and optimism on doing certain things. When they don't work out, it's a little disappointing. But we're certainly not through with trying to improve the club. This was such an odd Winter Meetings, very odd. There weren't a lot of trade discussions. I think the free agents and clubs trying to make these multiteam deals slowed things down." -- Jocketty

12-07-2012, 10:24 AM
Kevin Youkilis must decide whether to accept a two-year, $18MM contract to play for Terry Francona and the Indians or take a one-year, $12MM deal to play for the Yankees, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney writes (on Twitter).
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#FPSKQsGo07uAjUGW.99

Will M
12-07-2012, 11:52 AM
Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the White Sox are listening to offers for Dayan Viciedo and Alejando De Aza.
Gonzales says they're looking for either a big left-handed bat or prospects in return. Not surprisingly, the Mariners -- who have been connected to pretty much every hitter on the market -- have expressed interest in Viciedo, while the Reds are considering De Aza. Vicedo belted 25 homers in 2012 but also had an ugly 120/28 K/BB ratio. De Aza hit .281/.349/.410 with nine homers and 26 steals.

12-07-2012, 12:20 PM
Rosenthal suggesting a possible Fowler for Leake/Stubbs package.


12-07-2012, 03:52 PM
Rays Still Seek Catcher
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [December 7 at 2:45pm CST]
The Rays continue “poking around” for a catcher, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). They asked at least one team about the possibility of working on a three-way trade that would send Devin Mesoraco from Cincinnati to Tampa Bay.

Mesoraco, 24, appeared in 54 games with the Reds this past season, posting a .212/.288/.352 batting line in 184 plate appearances. He entered the season as the 16th-best prospect in MLB, according to Baseball America. The Rays currently have Jose Molina, Jose Lobaton, Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez as internal catching options.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#yDvrvMmVfF1uqCmc.99

12-07-2012, 03:57 PM
Another writer speculates that the Reds might be interested in a one year deal for Bourn


max venable
12-07-2012, 04:27 PM
old news

12-07-2012, 05:21 PM
Reds To Sign Ryan Ludwick
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [December 7 at 4:07pm CST]
The Reds agreed to sign Ryan Ludwick, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer first reported the Reds were making progress toward a deal with the BHSC client.

The Reds made the free agent outfielder a two-year two-year offer earlier in the week, but Fay reported that at least one other club was being more aggressive on Ludwick. The 34-year-old posted a .275/.346/.531 batting line with 26 home runs in 472 plate appearances for the Reds this past season.

Ludwick ranked 26th on MLBTR's list of top 50 free agents with MLBTR's Tim Dierkes correctly predicting that he would re-sign with the Reds.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#RDk0P4TAdqfthe4t.99

12-07-2012, 05:31 PM
MLBTR reports Reds talking to White Sox about a possible deal involving CF Alejandro de Aza. The link:

12-07-2012, 06:11 PM
Darren Wolfson ‏@DarrenWolfson

#MLB source: #MNTwins are out on free agent 3B Jack Hannahan. Good chance he signs with the #Reds.

12-07-2012, 07:40 PM

Reds To Sign Ryan Ludwick
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [December 7 at 6:28pm CST]
6:28pm: The contract is for two years plus a mutual option for 2015, tweets John Fay.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#k4sLyKQv046Fv7jx.99

12-07-2012, 08:37 PM
Ohio Notes: Hernandez, Bourn, Mesoraco, Hannahan
By Mark Polishuk [December 7 at 6:45pm CST]
The Indians are still pursuing free agent Kevin Youkilis and still trying to work out a multi-team trade involving Asdrubal Cabrera and the Diamondbacks, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). The Tribe is also looking at alternative moves in case Youkilis signs elsewhere or the complicated trade fails to materialize. We collected the latest items about the Tribe's pursuit of Youkilis and Nick Swisher earlier today on MLBTR and yesterday looked at the latest mountain of speculation surrounding this rumored multi-team deal that also reportedly involves the Rangers, Rays, Mariners, Justin Upton, Derek Holland and a number of young players.

The Reds have generated a lot of buzz this offseason as well, so let's check in on the latest from both of Ohio's clubs...

Roberto Hernandez isn't expected to sign soon despite "a good market" for his services, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (via Twitter). The Indians remain interested in re-signing Hernandez, who also has at least four other suitors.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty didn't have any discussions about Michael Bourn with agent Scott Boras during the Winter Meetings, reports MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. Jocketty doesn't see Bourn as a fit in Cincinnati as the center fielder's asking price “would have to really fall."
The Reds aren't going to trade Devin Mesoraco, a team insider tells John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer (Twitter link). The young catcher was rumored to be a target of the Rays, who were trying to involve another club in a three-team trade that would bring Mesoraco to Tampa Bay.

There is a "good chance" the Reds sign free agent infielder Jack Hannahan, a baseball source tells Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities radio (via Twitter). The Twins have dropped out of the running, though such teams as the White Sox, Marlins and Yankees are among the teams known to share the Reds' interest in Hannahan.

As reported earlier today, the Reds agreed to terms with Ryan Ludwick and have talked to the Rockies about a trade for Dexter Fowler.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#Bk3cIGqudqAlda4U.99

12-07-2012, 10:24 PM
Walt mentioned on an interview at Redsfest he had a trade for a leadoff man that fell through late. Ellsbury?

12-09-2012, 07:20 PM
Dodgers sign Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu for $36 million.

For all of the bluster, there was never really any doubt this would get done: the Dodgers signed Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu just before the Sunday afternoon deadline.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that it’s a six-year, $36 million contract that includes an opt out after five years if Ryu tops a certain number of innings.


12-09-2012, 07:32 PM
Walt mentioned on an interview at Redsfest he had a trade for a leadoff man that fell through late. Ellsbury?

Late to the party, but he mentioned Revere by name at one point.

12-10-2012, 11:03 PM

Huge signing! (sarcasm)

The Twins have reached an agreement to sign Kevin Correia, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter). ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first reported that the two sides were nearing a two-year deal, and he adds that Correia will earn $10MM over the life of the contract (Twitter links).
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/12/twins-to-sign-kevin-correia.html#ErFz4bFTu6bBlAOO.99

$10M for Correia? Teach your kids how to play baseball, ASAP. Unreal.

12-11-2012, 11:40 AM

Jon Heyman ‏@JonHeymanCBS

willy taveras had 35 ABs w/ nats in '10. only 30 yrs old. minor-league deal w/ spring inviite, agent burton rocks confirms

This will clear the way for Hamilton to choose where he wants to sign and the off season logjam is broken.

12-11-2012, 11:54 AM
Taveras signed with the Royals btw. Klw left that one bit of info out. :O)

12-11-2012, 12:09 PM
Taveras signed with the Royals btw. Klw left that one bit of info out. :O)


The Royals signed Willy Taveras to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training, MLB.com's Evan Drellich reports (via Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com on Twitter). The 30-year-old outfielder last played for an MLB team in 2010.

Taveras, a client of Burton Rocks LTD, explained in September that he intends to play at the MLB level again. "I just need a chance to get back in baseball," he told Drellich. Taveras has a .274/.320/.327 batting line at the MLB level with 195 career stolen bases. The right-handed hitter has played for the Astros, Rockies, Nationals and Reds in his seven MLB seasons. He played on two NL pennant winners: the 2005 Astros and the 2007 Rockies.

12-11-2012, 03:03 PM
Taveras signed with the Royals btw. Klw left that one bit of info out. :O)
Thank you, Sir. I nearly had a heart attack.

12-11-2012, 04:05 PM

The Reds and Indians are deep in talks on a trade that would send Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati.

The Indians would receive center fielder Drew Stubbs and shortstop Didi Gregorius in return. The Reds are expected to receive another player in addition to Choo.

The Reds plan to use Choo in center field and as their leadoff man.

12-11-2012, 05:59 PM
Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal

Source: #Yankees sign Youkilis, one year, $12M.

12-11-2012, 07:45 PM
Yankees close to signing Ichiro.

TUESDAY, 5:28pm: With Kevin Youkilis in the fold, the Yankees will next look to finalize a deal with Ichiro Suzuki, a source tells Jack Curry of the YES Network (via Twitter). The pact could happen in the next 48 hours.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#Qfe6O3v2zPrxWtHv.99

Only the Yankees could sign Youk and Ichiro and lower the average age of their team.

12-12-2012, 07:25 PM
The Phils may be willing to move a bullpen lefty. Antonio Bastardo or Raul Valdes anyone?

12-13-2012, 01:49 PM
AL West about to change hands?

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal

From Fox Sports West RT @joeontheradio: According to MLB source the Angels are in SERIOUS negotiations with Hamilton. No deal yet.

12-13-2012, 01:51 PM
Red Sox close to deal with Dempster.

12-13-2012, 02:52 PM

Angels To Sign Josh Hamilton
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [December 13 at 1:39pm CST]
1:39pm: It's a five-year, $125MM contract, ESPNDallas.com reports.

Hamilton received and turned down a qualifying offer from the Rangers, which means he'll be linked to draft pick compensation. The Rangers will obtain a compensatory selection for losing Hamilton, and the Angels will have to surrender their top pick (#22 overall) in 2013.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#U8QmHOSm1KMz67wd.99

12-14-2012, 05:26 PM
Ty Wiggington to the Cardinals.


ST. LOUIS -- Free agent infielder Ty Wigginton and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract.

General manager John Mozeliak announced the agreement Friday and said Wigginton gives the Cardinals a right-handed bat "with punch."

The 35-year-old Wigginton, who will make $2.5 million annually, has hit 15 or more homers six times during 11 big-league seasons. He had 22 home runs in 2010, when he was an All-Star with Baltimore.

12-14-2012, 05:27 PM
Anibal Sanchez heads back to Tigers. Cubs rebuffed. 5 years 80 million. Really? For Sanchez? Yikes.


Sanchez reportedly had reached agreement on a five-year, $75 million contract Thursday with the Chicago Cubs, but the deal apparently unraveled and he elected to return to Detroit.

12-14-2012, 05:47 PM

The Angels have a surplus of outfielders following their agreement with Josh Hamilton, and there’s reason to believe GM Jerry Dipoto will make a deal to balance out his roster. The Angels are “very likely” to trade an outfielder such as Peter Bourjos or Mark Trumbo for a pitcher, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). Depending on the return, either player could be moved. Trumbo seems less available than Bourjos, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter).

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#AsGg7v6dss3LAbrK.99

Both Bourjos and Trumbo will remain under team control through 2016 and won't be arbitration eligible until after the 2013 season. Earlier today, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs explained that Bourjos closely resembles Cameron Maybin and suggested he’d be a worthwhile pickup for a team in need of a center fielder.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#AsGg7v6dss3LAbrK.99

12-17-2012, 09:11 AM
Red Sox sign Stephen Drew to 1yr/$9.5MM deal with additional $500K in incentives. Wow.

12-17-2012, 12:42 PM

Blue Jays, Dickey Agree To Extension
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [December 17 at 10:52am CST]
10:52am: Dickey landed in Florida to undergo his physical, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports (Twitter links). Some of the two-year, $25MM extension will be a signing bonus.

10:42am: The sides are in agreement on a two-year, $25MM deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (Twitter links). The agreement is pending a physical, and the trade will be official if and when Dickey passes. The two-year deal would cover the 2014-15 seasons.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#TTYVeewHF32yOqBi.99

12-20-2012, 11:56 AM

Brewers to sign lefthanded reliever Tom Gorzelanny.

12-20-2012, 12:01 PM
I'm not posting every story link. Just go to MLBTR for the info, but here are the updates:

1. Yankees re-sign Ichiro
2. Cubs and Indians fighting it out to sign Edwin Jackson
3. Red Sox and Dodgers have interest in trading for Joel Hanrahan

12-20-2012, 02:01 PM
Reds sign Corky Miller to a minor league deal.

12-20-2012, 02:05 PM

Minor Moves: Adam Greenberg, Corky Miller
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [December 20 at 12:18pm CST]
The latest minor moves from around MLB...

The Orioles agreed to sign Adam Greenberg to a minor league contract, Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com reports (on Twitter). Greenberg's MLB career nearly ended when he was hit on the head with a pitch seven years ago, but the Marlins signed him this past September and he got an official MLB at bat.
The Reds re-signed catcher Corky Miller to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to MLB Spring Training, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports (on Twitter). Miller, 36, spent this past season with the Reds' Triple-A team, posting a .235/.386/.354 batting line in 313 plate appearances. He has ten years of MLB experience, but last appeared in the big leagues with the Reds in 2010.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#24l8FhgAftYL3TGD.99

12-20-2012, 02:35 PM
Wonder if Corky got big league money?

12-20-2012, 03:24 PM
Indians in on Nick Swisher. They likely won't sign EJax AND Swisher, though.

12-20-2012, 03:31 PM
Cubs may be close to getting Jackson, 4 years $52 million


Indians in on Nick Swisher. They likely won't sign EJax AND Swisher, though.

12-20-2012, 03:38 PM
Yep, good call.

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal

Sources: #Cubs, free-agent RHP Edwin Jackson agree on four-year, $52M deal, pending physical. First reported by @CSNMooney

12-20-2012, 05:25 PM

Cincinnati Reds & Washington Nationals continue pursuit of LHR Mike Gonzalez who would fit in nicely with both post-season contenders in '13

12-20-2012, 06:00 PM

Rangers, Pierzynski Close To Deal
By Zach Links [December 20 at 4:30pm CST]
The Rangers and free agent A.J. Pierzynski are closing in on a one-year deal, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The deal is still pending a physical and is not yet done.

The Octagon client met with Rangers brass on Tuesday in Arlington and the club reportedly has done extensive homework on him. Pierzynski would fill a major gap behind the plate for the Rangers, who lost Mike Napoli. The catcher posted a .278/.326/.501 batting line in 520 plate appearances with 27 home runs in 2012. Pierzynski also appeared in 135 games, reaching the 100 games threshold for the 12th consecutive season.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#tx27hUGcuvRcixFX.99

12-21-2012, 12:00 PM
Francisco Liriano, 2 years $14 million with Pittsburgh, apparently


12-21-2012, 12:28 PM
Twins to sign Rich Harden.
Liriano to the Pirates.
Scott Van Slyke clears waivers and Dodgers outright him to triple A.

12-30-2012, 12:04 PM

Take it with a mammoth-sized grain of salt, but the Marlins are listening to offers for Stanton....according to Leatherpants (hence the added salt).

01-18-2013, 09:21 AM
Stubbs avoided arbitration with the Indians.

The Indians avoided arbitration with Drew Stubbs, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports (on Twitter). The LSW Baseball client will earn $2.825MM in 2013 on a deal that includes $50K in performance bonuses.

01-18-2013, 09:23 AM
Stubbs avoided arbitration with the Indians.

From that link theres this story also...


01-18-2013, 11:24 AM
From that link theres this story also...


Stanton link doesn't work.

01-18-2013, 11:54 AM

Lots of mixed signals coming out of Florida.

01-22-2013, 09:37 AM
Cincinnati signs promising 18-year-old Dominican lefty Jacob Constante for $730,000.


The article says he was impressive at the international Prospect League All-Star Game with a live fastball at 92-94 and hard slider at 80-83.

01-22-2013, 11:50 AM

Reds Sign Armando Galarraga
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 22, 2013 at 10:03am CST]
The Reds have signed free agent right-hander Armando Galarraga to a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). SFX represents Galarraga, who turned 31 last week.

Galarraga, who's best known for his near-perfect game in 2010, pitched for the Astros in 2012. He posted a 6.75 ERA with 17 strikeouts and 18 walks in 24 innings for Houston before being removed from the MLB roster in August. He also started ten games at the minor league level, posting a 3.97 ERA in 47 2/3 innings. Galarraga posted a 4.55 ERA in 466 2/3 innings as a member of the Tigers' rotation from 2008-10.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/cincinnati_reds/index.html#qbaGyRgWZAfWTHIi.99

01-24-2013, 09:54 AM
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Braves are close to acquiring Justin Upton:


01-24-2013, 04:11 PM

Diamondbacks Designate Anderson For Assignment
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 24 at 1:25pm CST]
The Diamondbacks announced that they have designated first baseman Lars Anderson for assignment. Arizona's 40-man roster remains full.

Arizona originally acquired Anderson from Cleveland in a three-team trade last month. The 25-year-old appeared in six games for the Red Sox last year, but Boston traded him to the Indians for Steven Wright at the non-waiver trade deadline last July. Anderson, a left-handed hitter, spent most of the 2012 season at Triple-A, where he posted a .250/.353/.396 batting line in 470 plate appearances.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#YZRUKctsg8dptzcG.99