Don’t start fitting Brandon Webb for a Cubs uniform. There was a report that the Cubs and Rangers have jumped ahead of the Nationals in the bidding for the right-hander, who has not pitched since one start in April 2009. The Cubs have checked Webb’s medical records — he’s been sidelined with shoulder issues — but it doesn’t appear to be a good match. Webb may want to pitch in Chicago but he most likely would have to give the Cubs the type of discount Kerry Wood did (one year, $1.5 million plus incentives).
— Carrie Muskat
Dan Wheeler signed on with his hometown club on Saturday,
joining the Red Sox and leading an otherwise low-key day around the league.
The right-handed Wheeler grew up in Warwick, R.I., and
rooted for Boston as a kid.
little part of me that’s always wanted to wear the Red Sox uniform, there’s no
question about that. The first goal was to make it [to the Majors], now that
I’m going to have a chance to put that actual uniform on, I’m real excited
deal and joins Bobby Jenks in a revamped Red Sox bullpen.
reunited with Carl Crawford, his teammate in Tampa Bay from 2008-10.
three players, all of whom will receive big league spring training invites: right-hander Seth McClung, outfielder Endy Chavez, and
infielder Brian Barden. Colorado also added a spring training invitee, signing
first baseman Mike Jacobs to a Minor League deal.
has received a “significant” offer from the Angels, their owner Arte
Moreno told the Los Angeles Times. The Times speculated
that the offer is for five years, $70 million, while Beltre is believed to be
seeking a six-year, $90 million deal.
Hairston brothers, Scott and Jerry, as well as Marcus Thames as candidates for
left field, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reported.
Although Bill Hall has signed with Houston, the Dodgers have been in contact with Marcus Thames and Scott and Jerry Hairston as possible free agent candidates for left field. Hall was at the top of the club’s list because of a combination power and versatility (he can also play the middle infield). Thames has had seasons of 26 and 25 home runs, but hit only 12 this year with the Yankees. Scott Hairston lacks Thames’ power and hit only .210 this year for San Diego. He hasn’t played the infield since 2008. Jerry Hairston has even less power than his brother and hit .244 with the Padres in 2010, playing primarily in the infield. — Ken Gurnick
Royals right-hander Zack Greinke has asked to be traded, Fox
Sports reported on Friday.
Greinke also changed representation earlier in the day, as
he fired his agents at SFX and hired Jeff Berry and Casey Close of CAA,
according to the report.
A high-ranking executive from another team also told the Web
site that the pitcher “really wants out of K.C.” Royals general manager
Dayton Moore, however, declined comment.
Greinke, 27, won the Cy Young in ’09 and has a career 60-67
record with a 3.83 ERA in seven seasons with Kansas City.
– – Rhett Bollinger
The Astros have reached an agreement with the versatile Bill Hall, sources confirmed to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart on Friday. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, Hall will become the Astros’ new second baseman on a one-year contract that’s worth about $3 million and includes a mutual option for 2012.
Hall, 31 on Dec. 28, signed with the Red Sox last offseason as a utility man but wound up playing in 119 games and getting nearly 400 plate appearances due to a rash of injuries. In that time, the right-handed hitter batted .247 with 18 homers and 46 RBIs while appearing in left field (55 games), second base (51), right field (nine), center field (seven), shortstop (six), third base (five) and even pitching an inning.
For his nine-year career – which saw him spend his first seven-plus years with the Brewers – Hall is a.250 hitter with a .310 on-base percentage and 122 homers. Of his 940 games in the field, 155 have been played at second base.
— Brian McTaggart
It turns out Orlando Hudson may be team-less no more.
Hudson broke the news himself on MLB Network Radio that his next destination is San Diego, and FOXSports.com reported that the Padres and the free-agent second baseman agreed to terms on a two-year, $11.5 million contract.
Hudson — a two-time All-Star joining his fourth team in four years — will fill the role played last year by David Eckstein, who’s a free agent and said recently that the Padres have not contacted him about a return.
Here’s more from around the league …
* The Yankees, according to multiple reports, have agreed on a two-year contract with veteran reliever Pedro Feliciano. Feliciano, the former Met who has led the Majors in appearances each of the last three seasons, joins Boone Logan to give the Yanks two lefties in the bullpen.
* Reigning World Series MVP Edgar Renteria was none-too-thrilled with the $1 million offer the Giants tendered him this offseason. “That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect,” Renteria told ESPNdeportes.com. “A total disrespect.” Renteria has previously stated he’d like to finish his career with the Marlins or Cardinals.
* The Astros reached an agreement with the versatile Bill Hall to be their starting second baseman, sources told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the two sides agreed on a one-year contract worth about about $3 million and with a mutual option for 2012.
— Alden Gonzalez
The New York Post reports the Mets have inquired about Cubs pitcher Tom Gorzelanny. The lefty made $800,000 last year, and will receive a raise through arbitration but would still be a fairly economical addition. Gorzelanny was 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 29 games (23 starts) last season with Chicago. You can never have enough pitching, but the Cubs do have a surplus with Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Carlos Silva, plus up and coming youngsters such as Casey Coleman, Chris Carpenter, Chris Archer and Thomas Diamond.
— Carrie Muskat