12/5 roundup

The biggest free agent available dominated the Hot Stove on Thursday, as second baseman Robinson Cano reportedly flew to Seattle to visit with the Mariners.

Cano, 31, is the top free agent on this year’s market, a five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner with 204 career home runs.

ESPN Desportes quoted a source as saying the Mariners would be willing to go up to 10 years and $230-$240 million for Cano, who reportedly has been offered seven years at about $170 million by the Yankees.

FOXSports.com is reporting that Cano asked for $240 million, but the Mariners have not offered more than $200 million.

From Wednesday: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is keeping quiet.

The Yankees, meanwhile, are still talking with Cano.

“Look, we’re still talking,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said at Yankee Stadium, where the club was introducing new catcher Brian McCann. “Nobody has given up. We’re still talking, but obviously we’re a decent distance apart. We’re just going to have to see, day by day. That’s all we can do.

More than rumors happened Thursday, as numerous deals went down:

  • The Royals acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from the Brewers for left-hander Will Smith. Here’s the Royals’ side, the Brewers’ angle and MLB.com’s Phil Rogers writing the trade is a win-win for both clubs.
  • The Red Sox signed right-handed reliever Edward Mujica for two years and $9.5 million.
  • The Dodgers resigned reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year, $10-million deal.
  • The Marlins have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical, with Rafael Furcal, who will play second base.
  • The Rangers inked a trio of Minor League free agents, including righty Jose Contreras, who turns 42 on Friday.
  • The Cubs signed left-handed reliever Wesley Wright to a reported one-year, $1.425-million deal that also includes him being under team control in 2015.
  • The White Sox and right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario agreed to a one-year deal.

In other news, Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball continue to close in on a deal that would revise the current posting system.

Other notes from around the league:

AL East

  • The Yankees officially introduced catcher Brian McCann.
  • Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda “wants to come back” for a a third season in the Bronx.
  • The Rays resigned right-handed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo to a one-year deal.
  • Within this Blue Jays notebook: Toronto is looking to upgrade its rotation but is content with its production at second base.
  • Orioles reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers questions in this inbox, including who takes over the closer role for the recently-traded Jim Johnson.

AL Central

AL West

  • Infielder Willie Bloomquist is excited to return to Seattle.
  • Astros manager Bo Porter is pleased with the club’s acquisition of outfielder Dexter Fowler.

NL East

  • Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy is confident he’ll be at full strength by the time Spring Training starts after missing much of the past two seasons rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
  • The Phillies signed Wil Nieves to serve as backup catcher and also inked right-hander Jeff Manship to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
  • The Marlins likely won’t deal from their young pitching depth.
  • Among other things, Mets reporter Anthony DiComo breaks down the pros and cons of the club pursuing free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson in this inbox.

NL Central

  • New Cubs manager Rick Renteria finally made it to Wrigley Field to be formally introduced.
  • The Cubs plan on keeping top prospect Javier Baez at shortstop at this stage in his development, as Cubs reporter Carrie Muskat writes in this notebook.
  • Cardinals reporter Jenifer Langosch fields fan questions in this inbox, including her thoughts on when prospect Oscar Taveras will be ready for the bigs.

NL West

  • Right-hander Daniel Hudson is optimistic he’ll return to the D-backs.
  • With Dexter Fowler in Houston, Carlos Gonzalez is a candidate to leadoff for the Rockies.

– Cash Kruth

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