Source: #Mets “moving forward” on Granderson, have cooled on Nelson Cruz.
#rangers are a team that could look at jp arencibia, 1 of the elite of the non-tenders. big power.
Clubs that have talked to #Pirates believe James Loney emerging as their top choice at 1B. Heard they've also asked on Adam Lind & Moreland
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Source tells me Nelson Cruz could emerge as Yankees' target if they miss out on Carlos Beltran.
Sources: #Rangers won't pursue a reunion with free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who they dealt away in 2010.
Source: Nathan deal with #Tigers is in $20M range for two years.
Sources: Dodgers have remained in contact with multiple teams on possibility of Matt Kemp trade. SEA, BOS, TEX among those with interest.
According to @JeffPassan the A's have traded Michael Choice TX for Craig Gentry; Choice better bat &power potential. Gentry better FLD & Arm
Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers made a major trade Monday night. They appear to be on the verge of making a major free-agent signing Tuesday. Free agent closer Joe Nathan will sign a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com appears..." December 03
CBSSports.com "Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a deal with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, according to sources. The Red Sox needed a veteran to catch their championship team, and ultimately they liked the idea of a Pierzynski, an excellent offensive catcher who has respected..." December 03
Oakland Tribune "The A's continued their pre-winter meetings roster overhaul Tuesday with the trade of former first-round pick Michael Choice to the Texas Rangers in exchange for veteran outfielder Craig Gentry, a career .280 hitter who is a stolen-base threat, and pitcher Josh Lindblom. Oakland is also sending..." December 03
Jim Johnson trade was an obvious salary dump for Baltimore. Source said Orioles could be using money to pursue outfielder Nelson Cruz.
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
MLB.com "With more catchers coming off the market, the Rangers are looking at Kurt Suzuki to partner with Geovany Soto behind the plate for them in 2014. Suzuki was the Athletics starting catcher from 2008-12 before being traded to the Nationals. The Athletics then acquired him on Aug 23, this past..." December 03
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Even with A.J. Pierzynski set to turn 37 later this month, the Minnesota Twins could find it difficult to lure their former catcher without a multiyear offer. "I'd be extremely shocked if he doesn't get at least two years," a baseball operations person from an American League club said Monday..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
MLB.com "The Rangers are expected to tender contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players before Monday's 10:59 p.m. CT deadline. Players who are not tendered contracts before that deadline will become free agents. The main reason clubs might non-tender players is because they are eligible for..." December 02
Hardball Talk "Joe Mauer is officially moving to first base next season and the Twins aren’t quite sold that Josmil Pinto is ready to be an everyday catcher, so the goal is to bring in a new backstop this winter. And the wheels have already been put into motion. According to beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III of..." December 01
MLB.com "Advantage, Texas Rangers. David Price is the biggest name on the trade market -- headed to arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays for the third time and two years away from free agency. He's priced himself out of his franchise's economic model -- his projected salary of $13 million would take up..." November 30
Fansided "Free agent utility man Brent Lillibridge is starting to pick up some interest from a couple teams this Winter. Last season between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, Lillbridge hit just .119/.133/.136 across the line with just five RBI’s in 59 total at bats. Lillibridge started out the..." November 30
San Francisco Chronicle "Two weeks before baseball’s winter meetings, the A’s might be revving up for action. There were rumblings on Tuesday that Oakland is currently working on several fronts, potentially looking at trade possibilities while still eyeing the free agent market. One major-league source told me that the..." November 27
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
CBSSports.com "The Twins are said by people familiar with their situation to have inquired about just about every available starting pitcher. Although Bronson Arroyo, Ricky Nolasco and ex-Twin Matt Garza have been linked to the Twins most often, they've also inquired about other top starters like Ervin Santana..." November 26
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
CBSSports.com "Free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz had to be heartened by Jhonny Peralta's $53 million deal, as Cruz is the better of these two Biogenesis-connected players. It shouldn't come as a shock that, according to sources, Cruz is said to seek about $75 million over four years. And it shouldn't come as..." November 26
CBSSports.com "Not only did the Mets have internal discussions about embattled superstar Ryan Braun as previouslyreported, but they actually inquired about him with Milwaukee as well – if ever so briefly – before their suggestion was summarily rebuffed at the GM Meetings. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson,..." November 26
At moment, #Rangers leaning toward keeping Moreland and playing him at DH/OF/1B vs. RHP. Their plans may change based on what else they do.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said as of now the plan is for Leonys Martin to leadoff for Rangers.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Traveling across the country hasn’t been the easiest thing to do the past few days, but Prince Fielder showed up Monday for a news conference introducing him as the Texas Rangers’ new first baseman. No one should have been surprised based on Fielder’s track record. Showing up for work, putting..." November 25
SB Nation "The Tampa Bay Rays are interested in trading for Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The possibility of the team making a move for him has increased now that Texas has acquired Prince Fielder to play first base. Tampa Bay's first baseman in 2013,..." November 24
CBSSports.com "The Rangers are bringing back starting pitcher Colby Lewis on a minor-league deal -- with an invite to major-league camp -- the club announced Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lewis, 34, hasn't pitched in the majors since July 18, 2012, as a torn flexor tendon in his..." November 23
The #Rangers say they won't give up on Mitch Moreland, but 1B is no longer an option.
Detroit News "Nothing about Prince Fielder has ever been small. Not his power, not his talent, not his body, not his signing as a free agent with the Tigers two years ago. And now, not his departure as a Tiger. The Tigers on Wednesday traded their slugging first baseman to the Rangers and cash..." November 21
Rangers say Yu Darvish’s nerve inflammation in his back has subsided, and he should be fine for his offseason work. Good news.
New York Post "Yankees officials have played a game in recent months trying to imagine who could make a blockbuster offer to Robinson Cano, and have eliminated pretty much every possibility. The one consistent worry has been the Rangers and, perhaps, Texas moved into a better position to make such a..." November 21
MLB.com "The Rangers have added infielder Luis Sardinas to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Today was the deadline to add to the 40-man roster. The Rangers also added pitcher Ben Rowen and Lisalverto Bonilla to the roster. Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man..." November 20
Brian McCann expected to start visiting teams he's talking with in the next 2 weeks;NYY/TEX/BOS among more than half-dozen teams interested.
Dallas Morning News "Outfielder David Murphy, one of the players acquired during the Texas Rangers’ summer of swapping in 2007, is finalizing a two-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, according to a source. The deal is expected to be worth in excess of $10 million in total value. Murphy, 32, had his worst season..." November 20
Gammons Daily "Luis Sardinas obviously is not the only trade chip in the Rangers’ search for power. There have been a lot of rumors concerning retooling the offense that dropped to 7th in the league in runs—in a hitter-friendly ballpark. One rumor that keeps cropping up is for the Rangers to send Ian Kinsler to..." November 19
Dallas Morning News "The Texas Rangers have signed right-hander Zach Russell to a minor-league contract. Russell, 24, became a minor-league free agent after spending seven years in the St. Louis organization. He reached the Double-A level for the first time this season, going 0-2 with an 8.16 ERA in 14 1/3 innings...." November 18
Joe Nathan told us he likes Tigers,Angels,Yanks are possible fits for him he likes all three situations. Sirius 209 XM 89.
CBSSports.com "The Rangers are considering a run at top-tier free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo but have apparently ruled out the other top free agent outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury. Texas needs to replace the offense provided by Nelson Cruz, and assuming the Rangers don't re-sign Cruz, Choo fits the bill...." November 18
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
SB Nation "Texas has said they are not looking for pitching, but rather that they want to strengthen their offense. Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says the team has had internal discussions about all the top level free agents on the market, including Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury, reports Jim..." November 17