As Major League Baseball heads into the final weekend before Monday’s General Manager Meetings in Orlando, no big moves have occurred.
Just talk and speculation.
Multiple reports have free-agent outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo searching for deals around $100 million — also a reported target number of right-hander Ervin Santana.
Among Friday’s top reports, from FoxSports.com and MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal, is the Dodgers listening to offers for outfielders Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. Within the same piece, Rosenthal speculates about the much-talked-about fit between the Rockies and Cardinals about shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Here’s a full rundown of Friday’s news and notes:
- The Yankees appear to be going all in on Japanese righty Mashairo Tanaka, according to Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan.
- Mike Napoli, who was extended a qualifying offer from the Red Sox, has a multi-year offer in hand from the Red Sox but is expected to test the free-agent market, according to Passan on Twitter.
- Here’s a breakdown of what the Blue Jays and general manager Alex Anthopoulos are looking to accomplish at the General Manager Meetings. Toronto is the market for starting pitching, a second baseman and possibly a starting catcher.
- The Yankees will retain all of their coaches for next season.
- New Tigers manager Brad Ausmus won’t be tied to a new- or old-school approach in his first season in the dugout.
- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers are getting some interest from other teams about first baseman Mitch Moreland, while they are waiting to hear back from right-hander Colby Lewis on an offer. Daniels also confirmed reports that the Rangers are willing to listen to their middle infielders.
- MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby writes that the Angels don’t need a complete overhaul this offseason.
- New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon’s first order of business is to build a coaching staff. After that, he plans to travel to a handful of players’ homes this offseason to introduce himself.
- Offseason goal No. 1 for the Rangers: reload offensively.
- The Rangers and Astros will play a pair of exhibition games at San Antonio’s Alamodome next March.
- The New York Daily News’ Andy Martino reports the Mets have shown preliminary interest in Curtis Granderson.
- The Cubs are looking for quality pitching on the free-agent market, a search that also will include looking for a closer.
- Also: Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein met with season-ticket holders on Friday.
- The Reds and catcher Brayan Pena on a two-year deal. That means a trade of Ryan Hanigan might be on the horizon.
- The Brewers are cautiously optimistic about an agreement between Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the state of Tennessee for a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds, Milwaukee’s Triple-A affiliate.
- MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince breaks down a key offseason for the Giants.
- Earlier in this space, our Thomas Harding broke down how Beltran would look in Rockies pinstripes.
- Here’s an update on a few young Rockies players playing winter ball.
– Cash Kruth