11/28 Hot Stove Roundup
While most were taking the time on Thanksgiving to spend time with friends and family, baseball’s Hot Stove stayed warm. Here’s a quick roundup of what was happening around the baseball world on Thursday:
- After taking care of a deal with lefty reliever Javier Lopez, the Giants have set their sights now on re-signing starter Ryan Vogelsong, MLB.com‘s Chris Haft reports.The Giants have not commented on the matter, but Haft writes that momentum is carrying the two sides toward a one-year deal after the team declined his $6.5 million contract for 2014. The Braves, Phillies and Rangers are also interested in him.
Vogelsong went just 4-6 last year with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts, but went 27-16 with a 3.05 ERA in 2011-12.
- Here’s one name that’s now off the market: Ted Lilly. The veteran left-handed confirmed to MLB.com‘s Ken Gurnick, after conflicting published comments have been reported in recent days, that he is indeed retiring because of chronic neck pain. He was limited to five starts in 2013, but finishes his career with a 130-113 record.
“I am retiring,” Lilly wrote in a text message. “I don’t want to, but I think it is the realistic decision.”
- After making a play for Ricky Nolasco, the Twins appear to be ready to make another move for the starting rotation, and it involves another American League arm. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has reported that Minnesota is likely to turn its attention to free agent Phil Hughes, and George A. King III of the New York Post has reported that Hughes is looking for a two-year deal.
Other teams that are reportedly in on Hughes include the Angels, Mariners and Royals.
- The Rockies have a mountainous hole at first base to fill with the departure of longtime icon Todd Helton to retirement. Colorado is reportedly interested in Justin Morneau taking over there, but the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck reports that James Loney is the team’s backup plan.
Loney had a strong year, hitting .299 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs last season while Morneau spent time in Minnesota and Pittsburgh, helping the Pirates to the postseason.
Renck writes that there’s mutual interest between the Rockies and Morneau because of a number of personal reasons, including his relationship with Michael Cuddyer and offseason home in Arizona.
- Pitcher Guillermo Moscoso has elected free agency, after clearing waivers and declining to accept an outright assignment in the Giants farm system.
- After not pitching in 2013 because of a tired shoulder, two-time All-Star Brad Penny is reportedly looking to make a Major League comeback.
— Joey Nowak