Roundup: All eyes on Little Rock

The Winter Meetings almost entirely concluded in Florida on Thursday, aside from one last convening in Arkansas. There, in Little Rock, the Rangers braintrust were to meet with Cliff Lee, the biggest name left on the free-agent market.

MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reported that the Yankees on Thursday ratcheted up their offer to seven years and an unknown number of dollars — presumably $160 million or more — leaving the Rangers left to try and match. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reported that the Texas camp isn’t all too optimistic they can do that.
From around the league:
  • The Mariners have signed catcher Miguel Olivo, The Associated Press reported. The deal is believed to be for two years and more than $7 million. According to a tweet from John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse, Seattle also has offered a contract to outfielder Laynce Nix.
  • ESPN reports that the Red Sox have made an offer to non-tendered Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, who is also being sought by American League East rivals Toronto and New York.
  • The Twins traded shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Brendan Harris to the Orioles for a pair of Minor League arms, Brett Jacobson and Jim Hoey, MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier reported.
  • The Cubs are in talks to try to land Matt Garza for the Rays, but it’s not an easy task, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reported.
  • Houston reached a one-year deal with left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Rowland-Smith, 27, spent the previous four seasons with the Mariners, going 12-17 with a 4.57 ERA.
  • The Royals are close to landing Melky Cabrera, the former Braves outfielder, MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel reported. Cabrera would be reunited with another ex-Atlanta outfielder, Jeff Francoeur, who just signed with the club as well.
– Evan Drellich

3 Comments

Sadly, the last time Little Rock had this much attention in the baseball world, it was the about the death of Mike Coolbaugh. Let’s hope for better news this time.

Sadly, the last time Little Rock had this much attention in the baseball world, it was the about the death of Mike Coolbaugh. Let’s hope for better news this time.

Cabrera and Francoeur will not be “reunited”. They both are former Braves outfielders, but at different times. They have never played on the same team.

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