In the early going of the Hot Stove season, the Marlins and free agent pitcher Javier Vazquez had been talked about as a potential fit. On Saturday, the Marlins confirmed their interest in Vazquez publicly when manager Edwin Rodriguez said on the Marlins Insider Radio Show that he had met with Vazquez in Puerto Rico prior to the show. Rodriguez is said to be very familiar with Vazquez, having known the right-hander since he was a teenager. Vazquez earned $11.5 million with the Yankees in 2010 and it isn’t known how much of a bargain he might be for next season. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reported that Vazquez is said to be seeking a three-year, $33 million deal. That’d seem to indicate that the veteran isn’t expecting much of a pay cut.
Beyond Vazquez, let’s take a look at some other talk around the league:
– The Orioles enjoyed a productive trip to the GM meetings, MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli
reported on Saturday. The club continues to have talks with Koji Uehara
, Ty Wigginton
and Cesar Izturis
. The O’s remain focused on their goal of bringing in a power bat for one of the corner infield spots, a player like Adrian Beltre
or a Paul Konerko
. Who they acquire to fill this role will likely determine the status of Wigginton and Izturis, according to Ghiroli.
– Don’t be surprised if the Phillies bring in a veteran pitcher to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation against Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer suggested on Saturday. Kendrick was mostly inconsistent in the role in 2010. Gelb suggests Zach Duke, who was left off the Pirates 40-man roster on Friday, could be the type of established pitcher the Phils are looking for.
– Stay tuned to MLB.com for all the Hot Stove action.
— Bailey Stephens