Report: Tigers in serious talks with Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann | WAS
(November 28, 2015 11:33 PM EST)
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report the Tigers are in discussions with Jordan Zimmermann.
Morosi and Rosenthal are hearing from multiple sources that the talks have become serious. Detroit is looking for an ace after losing Max Scherzer last offseason and David Price at the trade deadline. Zimmermann is among the top arms in this year's free agent class and should earn a nine-figure deal when all is said and done. The two-time All-Star has also been linked to the Dodgers.
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Bowden: Rays 'determined' to move Boxberger
Brad Boxberger | TB
(November 28, 2015 10:58 PM EST)
According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Rays are "determined" to trade Brad Boxberger and it will be a "surprise" if they don't.
Bowden adds that the Rays feel his trade value "will never be higher" after collecting 41 saves this past season. Ideally, the Rays would use Boxberger to acquire a hitter, though his mediocre 3.71 ERA could limit outside interest. Bowden lists the Astros, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Orioles, Tigers and Yankees as potential fits for Boxberger.
Heyman: Carl Crawford on the trading block
Carl Crawford | LA
(November 28, 2015 10:22 PM EST)
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is hearing the Dodgers could make Carl Crawford available in a trade this offseason.
Once a perennial All-Star and among the best all-around outfielders in baseball, Crawford has faded into mediocrity while battling injuries the last several seasons. Teams probably won't be lining up for a 34-year-old who batted .265 last year. Crawford's exorbitant salary will make it even harder to move him. Trading Crawford would give the Dodgers more money to spend on Zack Greinke but for now, it's a pipe dream.
One executive calls Papelbon 'untradeable'
Jonathan Papelbon | WAS
(November 28, 2015 5:17 PM EST)
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was told by one executive that Jonathan Papelbon is "untradeable."
Papelbon just turned 35, his $11 million salary is far from a bargain and he's gained a reputation for being a clubhouse headache. That's three strikes right there. Of course, he's still one of the best closers in baseball and there's bound to be at least one team willing to look past those shortcomings. Papelbon has one year left on his contract.
Mariners willing to pay $24 million for Iwakuma
Hisashi Iwakuma | SEA
(November 28, 2015 4:54 PM EST)
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mariners are willing to offer Hisashi Iwakuma "around $24 million" for a two-year deal.
That's a fair offer for a pitcher entering his age-35 season, though Iwakuma might push for a three-year deal. Iwakuma turned down his qualifying offer, so the Mariners will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere.
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Heyman: Orioles not impressed by Parra
Gerardo Parra | BAL
(November 28, 2015 4:37 PM EST)
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said "word is" the Orioles weren't impressed by Gerardo Parra after acquiring him in a midseason trade and it would be a "surprise" if they re-signed him.
Parra was terrific for the Brewers this year but his production fell off a cliff once he joined Baltimore at the trade deadline. The Orioles are all-in on re-signing Chris Davis and could easily let Parra fall through the cracks. The Mets and Royals have both checked in on Parra this offseason.
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Minors home run king Mike Hessman retires
Mike Hessman | DET
(November 28, 2015 3:27 PM EST)
Mike Hessman announced his retirement from professional baseball on Saturday.
The 37-year-old slugger is the U.S. all-time leader in minor league home runs with 433. He played in only 109 games in his major league career, the last of which coming in a 32 game stint with the Mets in 2010. For his 19 years in the minor leagues, Hessman slashed .233/.316/.466 with 433 home runs and 1207 RBI in 2095 games. Hessman has indicated that he'll join the coaching ranks, though didn't specify where.
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Indians have spoken to OF Shane Victorino
Shane Victorino | LAA
(November 28, 2015 12:19 PM EST)
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have spoken to free agent outfielder Shane Victorino.
The 35-year-old has dealt with a wide array of injuries that have limited him to just 101 games the past two seasons. When healthy though, he's exactly the type of player that the Tribe could use while Michael Brantley recovers from his injury, a strong defensive outfielder who can play all three positions and who gets on base at an above average clip.
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Byung-ho Park traveling to meet with Twins
Byung-ho Park | INT
(November 28, 2015 11:42 AM EST)
According to Naver Sports, Byung-ho Park is scheduled to travel to the United States on Sunday to meet with the Twins.
The Twins, who won the rights to exclusively negotiate with a $12.85 million bid, have until 5 p.m. ET on December 8 to work out a deal, or Park will remain the Nexen Heroes in the Korean Baseball Organization. It's presumed that he's heading to Minnesota to take a physical in advance of a deal being finalized and announced next week. He's expected to earn a contract in the range of $20-$30 million.
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MLB to investigate Yasiel Puig's altercation
Yasiel Puig | LA
(November 28, 2015 9:08 AM EST)
Major League Baseball announced Friday that they will investigate the physical altercation between Yasiel Puig and his sister at a Miami nightclub as part of their new domestic violence policy.
Puig allegedly shoved his sister during an argument on Wednesday night before fighting with a bouncer who escorted him from the club. Under the new policy, Commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to fine or suspend Puig even if he isn't convicted of any crime. Though immensely talented, the 24-year-old outfielder continues to cause problems off the field.