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Joe Torre‘s name re-emerged on Saturday, not in candidacy for a position as manager but executive, leading a day of otherwise smaller moves on the hot stove.
MLB.com’s Barry Bloom reported that Torre, who retired as the Dodgers manager after last season, is seriously considering joining Major League Baseball as executive vice president of baseball operations.
The 70-year-old Torre speculated during the 2010 season that he might spend the coming years in an advisory position with the Dodgers, return to broadcasting or focus on his family and charitable foundation. After three-decades worth of managing in the big leagues — and four World Series titles with the Yankees — he was adamant that he was not actively looking for a new on-field managing opportunity.
Torre has never held an executive role before, but he is a part of a committee convened by Commissioner Bud Selig to consider on-field changes.
On-the-field news Saturday carried no names as esteemed as Torre’s, but saw a few American League clubs improve:
- MLB.com’s Scott Merkin confirmed that the White Sox signed left-hander Will Ohman to a two-year, $4 million deal, bringing the 33-year-old back to the town he began his career with on the Cubs. Ohman split last season between Baltimore and Florida, going 0-2 with a 3.21 ERA in 42 innings over 68 appearances. Left-handed hitters have a career .208 mark against him.
- The A’s swung a deal that brought over right-hander Guillermo Moscoso from Texas and sent Minor League right-hander Ryan Kelly to the Rangers. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, the A’s waived a former third overall draft pick Phil Humber to make room on their 40-man roster. Humber’s tenure with Oakland lasted only a few weeks after he was claimed off waivers in December.
- MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported a similar space-clearing move Saturday: the Phillies designated one southpaw, Sergio Escalona, for assignment to make way for another, J.C. Romero. Romero re-signed Thursday.
- There are some conflicting reports about whether the Yankees are still going after Rafael Soriano. Soriano said this week he’s open to a non-closing role, but general manager Brian Cashman has told the Journal News that the Yankees won’t surrender their first-round draft pick — as is necessary to sign a Type-A free agent like Soriano — for any remaining free agents this offseason. SportsIllustrated’s Jon Heyman, however, reported on Twitter Saturday that the Yankees are still in the mix for the Rays closer.
- The eight-player Matt Garza deal, Friday’s headliner, became official Saturday afternoon. The Cubs get Garza, outfielder Fernando Perez and left-hander Zachary Rosscup from the Rays for right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, catcher Robinson Chirinos, infielder Hak-Ju Lee and outfielders Sam Fuld and Brandon Guyer. MLB.com’s Peter Gammons reported Friday night that the Rangers were in talks to land Garza as well.
On the eve of the Winter Meetings, attention around the league is turning to the big prizes of the free agent market. That’s right, the sweepstakes for Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth and others could be about to kick into high gear.
It’s no secret that the Rangers and Yankees are two of the major players in the Lee market. It could come down contract years, as the Rangers will likely only go as far as a five-year deal, the Boston Globe reported on Sunday. The Yankees, on the other hand, could offer up a sixth year to seal the deal, the report suggested.
While a large number of free agents could sign during next week’s Meetings, negotiations with Crawford could take time, because of the number of interested parties, The Globe also noted. The Angels and Red Sox have long been seriously interested in acquiring Crawford, while the Yankees’ interest is newer. The Bombers could be touching base with Crawford to drive the price up for the Red Sox, Joel Sherman of the New York Post speculated on Sunday.
Outside of the heavyweights, there are plenty of names that could come off the board soon. Here’s at Sunday’s action around the league:
- Looking for another catcher to supplement Chris Iannetta, the Rockies have interest in Bengie Molina, Trey Renck of the Denver Post tweeted on Sunday. Another option for the Rockies is former Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, but he represents more of a long shot, according to Renck.
- The A’s have less than 24 hours to reach an agreement with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Twitter Sunday. The negotiating window isn’t set to expire at midnight, but the two sides would have to agree by then to allow time for the physical. Not long after the A’s won the rights to negotiate with Iwakuma earlier this offseason, talks reportedly came to an impasse, making a deal appear unlikely.