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.
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