Roundup: Bucs appear to have hired Hurdle

Managerial developments dominated the news Sunday as the Pirates have agreed to terms with Clint Hurdle to become their new manager, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch has confirmed. With Hurdle out of the picture, the Mets’ position appears to be down to Terry Collins and Bob Melvin. Deciding on a manager could free up these teams to be more active on the free agent market. There hasn’t been a ton of action so far, but as the league’s general managers prepare to meet this week in Orlando, the Hot Stove figures to be heating up. Here’s a rundown of whispers from around the league on Sunday. 

- It’s no secret that the Angels figure to be major players in the free agent market, with perceived interest in Carl Crawford, Adrian Beltre and Rafael Soriano. Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported that his sources wouldn’t be surprised if the Halos ended up with all three.  The Angels could also be approached by several teams at this week’s meetings about some of the talent in their deep catching pipeline, Fox Sports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reported on Twitter Sunday.
- While the Cards will likely be looking to make some significant changes to their lineup this offseason, that change is more likely to come at the shortstop position than at second base or center field, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Sunday. Heading into the week’s meetings, GM John Mozeliak is exploring possibilities that could give the club more offense out of the middle infield and Ryan’s .223  season average didn’t help his cause. 
- With a large budget this offseason, the Tigers are expected to make a play for some of the top-tier talent. Whether or not they’ll land a Crawford or a Jayson Werth remains to be seen, but Sherman suggested that several league execs believe the Tigers will make a play for two big bats from the top level of available talent. That level also would include Adam Dunn or catcher Victor Martinez
That’s all for now. Stay tuned to the MLB.com Hot Stove blog for the latest. 
– Bailey Stephens

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