Roundup: Add New York to Crawford’s suitors

The Yankees were again the hot stove headliners on Friday,
but not because of Derek Jeter. Not for talks with Cliff Lee, either.

According to an ESPN report, the Yankees have given “serious
signals” that they’re going to bid on Carl Crawford, the free agent Rays
outfielder who’s a reported favorite to land in Anaheim or Boston.

It’s possible that New York simply wants to drive up the
price for its competitors, namely Boston, who reportedly put in an offer for
closer Mariano Rivera before he agreed to a two-year deal to stay in
pinstripes. The Yanks, too, could be looking to improve their outfield, but to
sign all three of Jeter, Lee and Crawford would seem a tall task.

Whatever the motive, the timing of the Yankees’ interest in
Crawford entering the public realm 
— right before the Winter Meetings kick off Monday in Florida — is worth

As for Rivera, another ESPN report on Friday indicated that
the Red Sox had a plan in place had he elected to jump ship and join the Red
Sox: Jonathan Papelbon could have been non-tendered.

The rest of the league was busy too on Friday, when a pair
of trades went down, some signings seemed close, and some signings were

  • The Reds and Bronson Arroyo agreed to an extension
    that will keep him in Cincinnati through 2013. He’s owed a total of $35 million
    including a club option the Reds had already picked up for next season.
  • The White Sox traded veteran reliever Scott
    to the Braves for a Minor League arm, right-hander Kyle Cofield.
    Linebrink, 34, is a free agent after the 2011 season.
  • The Brewers traded right-hander Carlos Villanueva
    to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later.
  • Josh Byrnes,
    the former D-backs general manager, has joined the Padres as a senior vice
    president for baseball operations. He’s reunited with Jed Hoyer, whom he worked
    with in the Red Sox front office. The Padres may also be close to signing Aaron
    , according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.’s Corey Brock
    reported the Padres’ interest in Harang on Thursday.
  • General manager Sandy Alderson said Friday the Mets
    have not yet extended contract offers to free agent pitchers Chris Young or
    Jeff Francis, but the team remains in talks with both.
  • Russell Martin has six suitors, according to
    his agent Matt Colleran, including among them still, the Dodgers. Martin was
    non-tendered by Los Angeles on Thursday, and the two sides are about $800,000
  • Detroit agreed
    to a minor-league deal with former Royal John Bale, who pitched this year with
    the Hiroshima Carp in the Japanese Central League.
  • On the day Adam Dunn officially joined the White
    Sox, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo wished the slugger well in a
    statement: “The Washington Nationals wish Adam Dunn and his family the best of
    luck and good will in Chicago.  Adam contributed much to the Nationals and
    to the Washington, D.C. community.  He will be missed, but will remain an
    important figure in the early history of this franchise and will always be a
    part of the Nationals baseball family.”

— Evan Drellich

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