Two of Robinson Cano’s representatives met on Tuesday with Yankees president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman, according to a report by the Associated Press. Despite the meeting, however, the two sides apparently remain very far apart, according to the report’s source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez of CAA Baseball met with the Yankees brass on Tuesday — and may meet again on Wednesday. Cano, himself, did not attend the meeting.
Cano’s camp remains set, for the time being anyways, on asking for the 10-year, $310 million contract that Cano said he would seek this offseason. The Yankees have said they won’t be offering up that caliber deal, but Tuesday’s meeting seems to indicate that the two sides are at least making progress.
Rumors surfaced on Tuesday that said the Mets had recently inquired about Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. Though the Mets insist that “inquiry” was nothing more than a four-word exchange at the General Manager Meetings earlier this month, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the team remains in the market for a power-hitting corner outfielder.
With Braun seemingly not a viable option, the Mets are putting their focus on the likes of Curtis Granderson and Nelson Cruz, among others. Cruz is reportedly seeking a four-year, $75 million deal after missing the final 50 games of the 2013 regular season while serving a 50-game PED-related suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal. Cardinals Jhonny Peralta, who served the same suspension for his Biogenesis connections, recently netted a $53 million deal with the Cardinals.
A number of other rumors were circulating Tuesday, including:
- The Rockies reportedly asked the Angels about slugger Mark Trumbo, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Though considering Colorado’s main trade piece is center fielder Dexter Fowler and the Angels are in the market for pitching help, the Rockies seem more likely to reach a deal with the Royals. Colorado has already missed out in its pursuit of Jose Abreu, Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz, but the Rockies would still like to add a power hitter and bullpen help — and that’s where the Royals come in. The Royals are reportedly willing to move relievers Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, as well as right-hander Wade Davis, who the Rockies tried to acquire from Tampa Bay last offseason before the Rays shipped him to Kansas City.
- Despite the Rangers’ recent acquisition of Prince Fielder, the club is still considering keeping Mitch Moreland, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Texas is said to be tossing around the idea of using Moreland, who made all 129 of his starts this past season at first base, at multiple positions — including designated hitter, first base and the outfield — against right-handed pitching.
- After going back-and-forth on the Mariners’ supposed interest in first baseman Mike Napoli, Rosenthal is reporting that the Mariners are indeed interested in the free agent slugger. It remains up in the air just how serious of a push Seattle will make for Napoli, but the Mariners are said to also be interested, on various levels, in a number of other marquee free agents, including Cruz, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo.
Alfonso Soriano could soon be making a return to the Bronx.
The Yankees are currently working to acquire the Cubs outfielder and a deal is close, according to George King of the New York Post. There are still a number of wrinkles to be worked out with the deal, including how much of Soriano’s remaining contract will be paid by the Cubs, as well as Soriano needing to waive his no-trade clause.
Soriano, who turned down a trade to the Giants last season, is owed approximately $25 million through the end of next season. The Cubs are willing to cover most of that, but are asking for a mid-level prospect in return, according to the report.
Soriano’s bat would add some much-needed pop to a Yankees lineup that ranks 12th in the American League in runs scored, 13th in home runs and 14th in batting average.
The Cubs outfielder is hitting .256 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs. Ten of those homers have come in Soriano’s last 20 games, including eight already in the month of July.
Soriano made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 1999 and went on to hit .284 with 98 home runs, 270 RBIs and 121 stolen bases over parts of five seasons in pinstripes. As a member of the Yanks in 2002, he led the American League in runs (128), hits (209) and stolen bases (41).
* The Rangers, who scouted the Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton earlier this month, had a scout at Thursday’s Tigers-Indians game, reportedly to check out the Indians’ Shin-Soo Choo according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. With the Rangers scoring the fewest runs of any American League club this month entering play Friday, general manager Jon Daniels could be interested in adding another power bat to the lineup ahead of Tuesday’s deadline. According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, however, Texas may have to look elsewhere with the Indians now likely to hold onto Choo.<p>
* It appears the Angels haven’t given up on Rays starter James Shields just yet according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, though one source with knowledge of the team’s thinking described the Angels’ chances of acquiring a starter as “below average and diminishing” as of Thursday. Rosenthal reports the Angels – who he says are also still in the mix for the Brewers’ Zack Greinke — are not the only team still interested in Shields despite his recent slump. He also lists the Rangers, Braves, Dodgers and Cardinals as potential suitors.
* Though the Rockies currently sit in last place in the National League West, don’t expect them to be major sellers at the trade deadline reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman reports that Colorado wants to keep both Michael Cuddyer and reliever Matt Belisle, though the Rockies could be willing to part with Marco Scutaro, Jason Giambi, Rafael Betancourt, Matt Reynolds and Jonathan Herrera.
* The Dodgers have already landed Hanley Ramirez and remain in talks for the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster — and they’re still interested in more, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. Knobler writes that the Dodgers have expressed interest in acquiring either Justin Morneau or Josh Willingham of the Twins, though the Twins have said it’s unlikely they part with Willingham. It’s also possible that a potential Dempster deal could expand to include either Alfonso Soriano or Bryan LaHair.
- Paul Casella
Though Cliff Lee has notched just one win so far this season, the Phillies still consider the lefty an integral part of their future and do not plan to trade Lee ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
According to Heyman’s report, trading Lee would somewhat negate the recent signing of Cole Hamels to his six-year deal. This week’s sweep of the Brewers and the club’s 8-3 record in its last 11 games are also likely contributing factors to keeping Lee.
General manager Ruben Amaro seemed to confirm the notion that Lee will be staying put through the season with his comments Friday.
“I may have, but that is what the plan is right now,” Amaro said when asked if he had said this week that he plans to keep the rotation together through the season. “Plans can change, but that’s what the plan is right now.”
The southpaw’s contract would present a bit of an obstacle on the market, as well, considering it guarantees around $97 million through 2015, not to mention he has 21 teams on his no-trade list. Texas, one of the eight clubs not on that list, has scouted Lee, but appears more interested in landing Zack Greinke, Josh Johnson or James Shields.
- As the mystery surrounding Cole Hamels’ future continues, ESPN’s Jayston Stark reports the Phillies are making a strong push to sign the left-hander before the trade deadline. With contract length having been the major obstacle in negotiations to this point, the Phillies are reportedly now willing to offer Hamels a six-year deal. According to Stark’s report, the Phillies have basically put trade talks on hold regarding Hamels, as they push to lock him up.
- While the Dodgers are now working with a healthy Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports the club is looking to add another bat to the roster. Though they’ve already talked to the Cubs about pitchers Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster, Heyman reports they’ve also inquired about a plethora of hitters, including Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Josh Willingham, Michael Cuddyer, Corey Hart, Aramis Ramirez and Chase Headley. The Phillies and Brewers aren’t sellers as of yet and, according to Heyman, the Twins and Rockies don’t appear ready to part with Willingham and Cuddyer, respectively. That leaves Headley as the most logical option on that list, but a number of teams remain insterested in the Padres third baseman, including the Indians, Orioles and Diamondbacks.
- Accordng to a tweet from ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Cubs are still working to trade Dempster as soon as possible, though it apparently won’t be to the Red Sox. Stark’s tweet indicated that a source has said the Red Sox are out of the running for Dempster, but remain interested in Garza.
- Paul Casella