11/22 Nightly roundup
The Hot Stove burned quite a bit on Friday, as a handful of deals went down throughout Major League Baseball.
The biggest was a swap between the Cardinals and Angels that sent third baseman David Freese and right-handed reliever Fernando Salas to Anaheim for center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk.
In New York, the Mets addressed their outfield situation by signing outfielder Chris Young to a one-year deal. The contract is pending a physical, which Young will undergo next week.
Other news and notes from across the league:
- Shortstop Jhonny Peralta has received multiple four-year offers, according to Peter Gammons.
- The Mets remain interested in outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
- Chris Capuano and Gavin Floyd interest the Twins, reports Mike Beradino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Although the Yankees are still interested in retaining second baseman Robinson Cano, the top free agent on the market, they are still addressing other needs are engaged with five or six other free agents, general manager Brian Cashman said. Here’s a breakdown of who and what the Yankees are looking at.
- News within this Rays’ notebook: Tampa Bay is expected to bring back all of its coaching staff, as well as catcher Jose Molina, who is reportedly close to a deal to remain with the Rays.
- Blue Jays reliever Sergio Santos is hopeful his injuries are in the past. The 30-year-old has appeared in just 35 games in the last two years since being acquired from the White Sox.
- MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli answers fans’ questions in her Inbox, including inquiries about the rotation.
- MLB.com’s Jason Beck writes the Tigers still need to address their rotation despite shredding payroll in the Prince Fielder/Ian Kinsler deal.
- Former Royal Mike Sweeney helped the Royals land left-hander Jason Vargas.
- Pitching prospect Alex Meyer is rising in the Twins organization.
- The Indians released their Spring Training schedule.
- The Rangers are searching for another big bat to join Fielder, who will be introduced at a Monday afternoon press conference.
- The Angels have to look elsewhere for pitching help with Vargas now in Kansas City.
- A’s prospect Jeremy Barfield is moving from the outfield to the mound.
- Former hitting coach Jim Eppard has returned to the Angels as a Minor League hitting instructor. The Angels also hired Nick Francona, Terry’s son, as a coordinator of Major League intelligence, a role in which he will help Major League player information coach Rick Eckstein in helping to coordinate and build advanced scouting plans for each series
- The Mariners are looking at free-agent closers Brian Wilson and Grant Balfour, according to FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal.
- Angels GM Jerry DiPoto told MLB Network Radio that Ernesto Frieri will remain the team’s closer, tweets Mel Antonen.
- The Braves hired former Indians and Rangers general manager John Hart as a senior advisor in the baseball-operations department.
- MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo for a Q&A. Among the issues discussed are the club’s organizational depth and potential roster moves.
- New Marlins hitting coach Frank Menechino plans to stress a strong mental approach at the plate.
- Braves outfielder Joey Terdoslavich is working hard in winter ball, while second-base prospect Tommy La Stella is impressing in the Arizona Fall League.
- Ron Darling agreed to a multi-year contract extension to remain part of SNY’s Mets broadcast team.
- The Cubs finalized their 2014 coaching staff, highlighted by the hiring of former Major Leaguer Bill Mueller as hitting coach.
- Pittsburgh’s Andrew Lambo, an outfielder last season, is honing his defensive skills at first base in Venezuela.
- Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario, a 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder, has a bright future.
- MLB.com’s Chris Haft writes that the Giants will sign another starting pitcher relatively soon. The club is still talking with right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, but other options include righties Dan Haren and Bronson Arroyo.
- The Rockies officially inked right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
- The Padres announced their Spring Training schedule.
– Cash Kruth