The first day in December saw little Hot Stove action, yet plenty is on the horizon with the Winter Meetings in Orlando fast approaching. Here’s a quick roundup of what was happening around the baseball world on Sunday.
* Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees are roughly $80 million apart on a new contract, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. Cano has reportedly asked for a nine-year deal at $28 million a year, with a vesting option for a 10th year at $29 million. After previously offering the second baseman a seven-year deal worth $160 million, the Yankees upped their offer to $170 million.
* The Twins are in talks with free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune. Pierzynski was a third round draft pick of the Twins in 1994 and spent the first six years of his career with the club.
* San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes told MLB.com’s Corey Brock that the team could be done filling their off-season needs soon. “In the next week or two, there could be some activity,” Byrnes said Saturday. The team’s main attention is on finding a left-handed hitting outfielder.
- Quinn Roberts
The Rangers acquired Cubs right-hander Matt Garza on Monday in exchange for third baseman Mike Olt, pitchers C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm and at least one player to be named later.
Righty Neil Ramirez could be the player to be named if he has no further issues with his right shoulder. The Cubs could also choose two other players.
Garza is expected to join the Rangers on Tuesday and is tentatively scheduled to start against the Yankees on Wednesday.
After almost two weeks of negotiations between the clubs, the Rangers landed Garza, who is 6-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 11 starts this season. He began the season on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle in his left rib cage and was activated on May 21. He is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last five starts.