The Hot Stove didn’t take the day off just because it’s Saturday. Much of the day’s conversation centered around the Marlins, who are among the teams who are heating things up heading into next week’s GM meetings in Orlando. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro learned that the Marlins may be in serious talks with the Padres regarding outfielder Cameron Maybin. The club has also discussed the former top prospect with the Royals, Frisaro noted on Twitter. Beyond the Marlins, there were plenty of whispers around the league on Saturday. Here’s a rundown:
– The Cards could pursue free agent Juan Uribe
aggressively, ESPN’s Buster Olney
suggested on Twitter. Olney highlighted Uribe’s versatility and ability to play third base or shortstop.
– Atlanta officially outrighted right-hander Kenshin Kawakami to Double-A Mississippi, effectively removing him from their 40-man roster while they continue to search for potential trade possibilities according to multiple media reports. The Braves have quite a bit of money tied up in Kawakami, with roughly $6.7 million left on his contract.
– The Nats have signed right-handed reliever Tim Wood
to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training, according to a Tweet from FoxSports.com’s Jon Morosi.
Wood appeared in 44 games over the last two seasons with the Marlins, with a 4.32 ERA.
– Free agent Aubrey Huff has been on the market for a week now and the first basemen figures to be a subject of interest for several teams. As late as Saturday morning though, Huff’s first choice is still to stay with the Giants, his agent told FoxSports.com
— Bailey Stephens