I don't really see it happening, but I was told last night Yanks were still in on Choo.
Foxsports.com "For much of the offseason, many in baseball expected the Cincinnati Reds to trade second baseman Brandon Phillips. A deal, however, appears increasingly unlikely, according to major league sources. The Reds discussed Phillips with the New York Yankees earlier in the offseason, and later..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLB.com "The D-backs, Rays and Reds pulled off a three-team trade on Tuesday that will send reliever Heath Bell and catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays. The Reds will receive left-hander David Holmberg from the D-backs, with Arizona receiving right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash..." December 04
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
Yankees have made offer to FA infielder Omar Infante, in addition to Drew, Ellsbury, Choo, Beltran, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.
Source: Tigers are hot for a left-handed outfield bat; Shin-Soo Choo is their top target.
I'm not sure about the particulars but apparently Heath Bell might be involved in this three-team trade with the Rays, Reds and Dbacks.
Reds did not invite Brandon Phillips to Redsfest and sources continue to insist that he will traded between now and the end of the WTR Mtgs
The Ryan Hanigan deal that agent Tom O'Connell negotiated with the Rays is for three years,$11 million. Great payday for the veteran catcher
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
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
ESPN.com "A Mets official downplayed the team's interest in Bronson Arroyo, now suggesting a meeting may or may not take place with the free-agent pitcher. The team insider characterized the Mets' actual interest in Arroyo as "not super high." ESPNNewYork.com, relying on a source familiar with the..." December 02
Hardball Talk "It was reported on Thanksgiving that the Twins were still pursuing Bronson Arroyo even after adding Ricky Nolasco and now Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears that the Mets are “heavily involved” in talks with the free agent right-hander. No deal is believed to be imminent, but Mets general..." November 30
parra gets $5.5M for 2 yrs with #reds
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
Hearing Twins remain very high on Bronson Arroyo. Might still be possible to get him on a two-year deal.
Some rival evaluators believe that Shin-Soo Choo will now land in Detroit, to play LF. We'll see.
Also hearing the Mets like Phil Hughes better than Bronson Arroyo at this point.
"Bronson Arroyo is not out of our picture" after the signing of Tim Hudson according to Giants AGM Bobby Evans
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
Bronson Arroyo told us that the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Twins and Orioles have all expressed in him but he has yet to get an offer XM 89
Sources: #Reds, free agent Skip Schumaker agree on two-year deal, pending physical.
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
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
Bronson Arroyo continues to talk with the Giants, among other teams.
The @Rangers sign INF Adam Rosales to 1-year contract for 2014.
CBSSports.com "A Yankees contingent, led by managing partner Hal Steinbrenner, met with the agents for Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, Brian McCann and presumably other free agents at the baseball GM Mettings here as the Yankees endeavor to remake only their second non-playoff team..." November 13
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Talks between the Twins and veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo are heating up. Negotiations had yet to commence as of Tuesday evening, according to a person with direct knowledge, but the Twins have been going over Arroyo's medical records and have discussed guarantee language with his..." November 13
Michigan Live "It certainly didn't take Brayan Pena a long time to find a new home. The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the former Tigers backup catcher, who wasted little time on the free-agent market. Pena, 31, is expected to undergo a physical on Tuesday in Cincinnati and..." November 12
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates entered the offseason with offensive voids at shortstop, first base and right field. Now they also must find a hitting coach. Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell has left the organization to become the bench coach with the Cincinnati Reds, a Pirates official confirmed Tuesday morning. Fox..." November 12
Cincinnati Enquirer "Bronson Arroyo hasn’t packed up the last of his things in his Mount Adams apartment. It’s not because he thinks he’ll return to the Reds or Cincinnati in the spring, it’s just that he doesn’t know where he’s going to be next year. In a perfect world, Arroyo said this week, he’d retire as a Red,..." November 11
MLB teams say Scott Boras seeking a Shin-Soo Choo contract worth more than Jayson Werth's $126M deal with #nationals.
Boras is trying to push Choo as a $90 million player, according to a person who spoke to the agent.
Hardball Talk "Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Reds have signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year contract. The financials aren’t available and its all still pending a physical to be performed in Cincinnati on Tuesday, but other than that they got themselves a backup catcher. Pena was with the..." November 08
Depending on how the offers develop from other teams, the Giants are well-positioned in the bidding for Bronson Arroyo.
MLB.com "All year long, they went deep and they found the gaps, and baseball's best batsmen of 2013 connected one more time on Wednesday night, collecting The Silver Slugger Awards for their offensive performances this season. With the Yankees' Robinson Cano picking up a fourth consecutive silver bat..." November 07
Clarification on something I reported earlier. #Mariners want Ellsbury or Choo plus starting pitcher. Not on Napoli, but will seek RH bat.
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Bronson Arroyo will turn 37 in the early stages of spring training, but that hasn't dissuaded the Twins from calling to express preliminary interest in the free-agent right-hander. According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, the Twins have yet to make a formal offer for..." November 07
CBSSports.com "The Yankees, looking to set themselves up in case star second baseman Robinson Cano signs elsewhere, have checked in with the Reds regarding Brandon Phillips and also asked about free agent second baseman Omar Infante. Phillips is said to be available in the right trade, but word is, the..." November 06