The General Managers Meetings are in full swing and so is the Hot Stove. With everyone in one place, the rumors are flying and teams are staying busy. Let’s jump right into a rundown of the hottest news of the day:
– The Marlins are reportedly close to a deal with free agent catcher John Buck. Nothing official has landed yet, but FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday afternon on Twitter that the Marlins were close to signing Buck to a three year deal and SI.com’s Jon Heyman confirmed via Twitter that the two sides were nearing a deal. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that the deal is worth between $15 and $20 million. More to come on MLB.com from Alden Gonzalez.
– The D-backs have reportedly let other teams know they will listen on Justin Upton. On Tuesday, Rosenthal reported on Twitter that Arizona would listen on Upton, but the return would have to be “big.” Morosi suggested on Twitter that the Braves might be at the front of the line and would have the talented young arms to go get Upton. There were also rumors that the Red Sox might be interested in Upton, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported that his source thought it was more “due diligance than actual trade talk.”
– The Yanks are looking to fill some holes in their bullpen and they are reportedly looking toward veteran left-hander Pedro Feliciano, Newsday’s Ken Davidoff reported on Twitter Tuesday. Feliciano has been a busy guy in recent years, leading the NL in appearances in each of the last three seasons. Over that span, he’s tallied a 3.44 ERA.
– In what’s become somewhat of a saga, the Marlins are reportedly now “aggressively shopping” Dan Uggla, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reported on Twitter on Tuesday. The Braves have expressed interest in the second baseman, Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constution suggested on Tuesday, joining a list of suitors that also reportedly includes the Cardinals, Blue Jays, Nationals and Tigers. It’s not known though, if the Marlins would be willing to trade Uggla to an NL East foe.
– It’s looking more and more like Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus won’t be moved this offseason as Rosenthal and Morosi quote a source that puts the chances of a Rasmus return at “99 percent.”
Stay tuned to the MLB.com Hot Stove for updates.
— Bailey Stephens