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Roundup: The Tigers have arrived to the GM Meetings

It was the Marlins who staked their claim in Orlando on Tuesday, when they traded Dan Uggla to the Braves and agreed on a three-year contract with John Buck. Wednesday is the day of the Tigers, apparently. The club agreed on a three-year, $16.5 million contract with setup man Joaquin Benoit, according to reports. Also, Detroit is said to be going after power-hitting lefty outfielder/first baseman/potential designated hitter Adam Dunn. first reported the two sides were quickly coming together on a
deal, but followed up by saying nothing is imminent just yet.

Here’s more from the second full day of the General Managers Meetings …

* Diamondbacks new general manager Kevin Towers is apparently kicking the tires on a potential trade of franchise player Justin Upton.
The Red Sox, according to USA Today, are said to be the ideal
candidate, but the New York Post wrote that the Marlins and Rays — and
perhaps the Yankees — are prime candidates.

* White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times that he would’ve let manager Ozzie Guillen go
to the Marlins if they would’ve given up the specific high-level player
he sought. Reinsdorf didn’t say who, but he denied it was Mike Stanton.

* In need of a lefty bat, the White Sox have engaged in talks with Hideki Matsui,
according to Matsui expressed interest in a return to the
Angels, but they’d like to keep DH a revolving door with so many
veterans in their lineup. 

* Six to eight teams have spoken to free-agent starter Carl Pavano, according to The Washington Post, which names the Nationals as one of them. The Marlins, a source told, are another.

* The Athletics traded speedy outfielder Rajai Davis to the Blue Jays in exchange for Minor Leaguers Trystan Magnuson and Daniel Farquhar, the club announced. Toronto also released right-hander Shawn Hill.

* The Rockies have expressed interest in A’s third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, according to The Denver Post, which added that Jose Lopez, Jorge Cantu and Ty Wigginton are also on the club’s radar.

* Brandon Webb is also reportedly drawing interest. According to, the Dodgers, Pirates, Twins and Rangers have shown interest in
the right-hander.

* Seven to eight teams are reportedly interested in Jorge de la Rosa,
who is one of the top free-agent starters once you get past Cliff Lee.
The Rockies are a team that would like to keep him, but not if he gets an offer eclipsing four years.

– Alden Gonzalez

Rockies, De La Rosa in holding pattern

The general managers meetings in Florida offer a good time for teams to survey the free-agent landscape. And according to the Denver Post, things are about as expected with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, a player the Rockies want to keep. Interest is strong: former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle has taken over the Pirates and identified De La Rosa as his top target, according to the newspaper, and the Nationals, as reported by’s Bill Ladson last week, and Orioles are already in the mix. The Yankees and Rangers could jump in, depending on what happens with lefty Cliff Lee. The paper says the key, as has been the case all along, is if the offers are at three years, the Rockies will compete — and they offer an environment in which De La Rosa has been successful. If it goes beyond three years, De La Rosa is likely gone, and the Rockies could look for a free agent such as Carl Pavano or Javier Vazquez, or seek a trade.

The paper also reported that the Rockies are unlikely to re-sign right-handed hitting utility man Melvin Mora, who wants a contract quicker than the Rockies want to move on him. With the Athletics not looking to trade Conor Jackson, the Rockies could take a look at the Nationals’ Josh Willingham or the Angels’ Mike Napoli for right-handed hitting help.

Thomas Harding

Roundup: On the eve of GM Meetings

As the league’s general managers slowly descend upon their annual meeting in Orlando early this week, expect the Hot Stove to start to sizzle. Many have said that this year’s market, with the earlier window to exclusively negotiate with a team’s own free agents, has speed up the process a bit. That being said, let’s kick off what promises to be an exciting week with a look at comings and goings around the league. 
- The Phillies were able to reach a deal to re-sign Jose Contreras, the club officially announced on Tuesday. Contreras and the Phils agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal,’s Todd Zolecki reported. The contract is also said to include performance incentives and an option for the 2013 season. 
- Reliever Taylor Buchholz was claimed by the Red Sox off waivers from the Blue Jays on Monday, both clubs announced. Buchholz, who will be arbitration eligible this season, was designated by the Rockies in September before landing in Toronto. Here’s more details from’s Ian Browne.
- Cliff Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker tells’s Alden Gonzalez that he still hadn’t decided if he was attending the  general manager’s meetings this week. Braunecker suggested that the purpose of the meeting is usually to help establish the market for a free agent and it’s been fairly well defined for Lee.
- The D-backs signed Geoff Blum to a two-year deal, the club announced on Monday. Blum, who hit .267 with limited at-bats in 2010, is expected bolster Arizona’s bench. GM Kevin Towers has expressed repeatedly his preference for veteran hitters in the bench role. 
Check back for more Hot Stove news later on 
Bailey Stephens

Lee’s agent unsure if he’ll attend GM Meetings

Darek Braunecker, the agent for ballyhooed free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee, is still unsure whether or not he’ll attend the General Managers’ Meetings in Orlando, Fla., which kick off Monday night and end Thursday.

He’s not sure it’s worth it.

“This year, it’s GMs only, no support staff, no assistant GMs; nobody other than the GMs and owners are coming in,” Braunecker, who will make a decision about attending later on Monday, told

“Significant changes are going to limit the kind of things we’ve been able to do in the past. If we deem it’s beneficial, we’ll go. If not, we won’t go. … The bottom line is those Meetings serve different purposes for different agents and people.”

Braunecker re-stated Monday that negotiations regarding Lee are still in the “initial stages,” adding: “I don’t know how to handicap that; it’s hard to say. I think there’s a process that obviously we go through with each of these situations.”

More on shortly.

– Alden Gonzalez

De la Rosa could be backup SP for Yankees

If the Yankees can’t land top free-agent target Cliff Lee, they may turn their attention to another lefty starter. The New York Daily News wrote on Friday that New York has expressed interest in former Rockies pitcher Jorge de la Rosa, who’s considered by many as the top free-agent starter behind Lee.

De la Rosa, who turns 30 in April, went 8-7 with a 4.22 ERA through 20 starts in Colorado last season. Over the last four years, he has gone a combined 42-36 with a 4.80 ERA while averaging 24 starts and 142 innings per season.

– Alden Gonzalez

Jeter, Yankees have weekend meeting in Tampa

NEW YORK — Prior to flying to Arkansas for a meet-and-greet with the highly coveted Cliff Lee, the Yankees’ brass was in Tampa, Fla., over the weekend, meeting with Derek Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, about his future in pinstripes, multiple local media outlets reported.

Present at the meeting were owner Hal Steinbrenner, president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman, but no contractual figures were exchanged, according to reports.

Jeter, 36, is coming off the final year of a 10-year, $189 million contract. Though there is little doubt the Yankees’ captain will return to the Bronx to finish out a potential Hall of Fame career, some expect the signing process to take a while because of the potential value and tenure of his new contract.

Talking points at the meeting revolved around the possibility of Jeter eventually switching positions — though he has said he’d like to remain at shortstop for the remainder of his career — and the leadoff man’s spot in the lineup down the road, reports indicated.

Jeter, who made $21 million in 2010, is said to be seeking a four-year deal, while previous reports have stated the Yankees wouldn’t be willing to commit more than three years.

– Alden Gonzalez

Yanks going to Arkansas to court Lee

The Cliff Lee sweepstakes took an interesting turn on Monday morning as multiple outlets are reporting that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is traveling to Arkansas to meet with Lee on Wednesday. MLB Trade Rumors first reported Cashman’s visit on Twitter, and has confirm the report.

One of most high-profile free agents this offseason, Lee is reportedly drawing interest from seven to eight teams. In addition to the Yankees, who haven’t made their desire to sign the left-hander a secret, the Rangers, Cubs, Red Sox, Phillies, Angels and Astros have all been mentioned as potential suitors. 
Stay tuned to as more information develops. 
Bailey Stephens

Roundup: Lee speculation continues

While the announcement of American League Gold Glove stole the stage on Tuesday afternoon, the Hot Stove season didn’t stop. For the third straight day following the official opening of free agent season, Cliff Lee rumors continued to swirl. We’ll take a look at who is reportedly joining the mix for the talented left-hander along with other whispers around the league on Tuesday. 
- The number of teams who are interested in Lee has increased to seven-eight teams. The Yankees and Rangers are among the favorites, no matter who you ask, but the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Red Sox have all been mentioned as potential suitors. On Tuesday, though,’s Jon Heyman suggested on Twitter that the Astros could be making a run at Lee. 
- Jeff Francoeur, who some have suggested as possible fit for teams who are looking for a right-field platoon player, is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent by the end of the week, Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi tweeted. 
- Pitcher Eric Hacker, who won 16 games last season for the Giants’ Triple-A team, signed a Major League deal with the Twins on Tuesday,’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Twitter. Hacker had been a six-year free agent. 
-Victor Martinez is becoming something of a hot commodity as the Boston Globe is reporting that six teams have inquired about the catcher’s services. The identity of those six teams isn’t known, but as the Globe report points out, early interest came from teams like the Tigers, Rockies, Blue Jays, Mariners, Rangers and Orioles.
Stay tuned for more Hot Stove updates from
--Bailey Stephens

Cliff Lee will take his time

The drop-off between Cliff Lee and the rest of the free agent starting pitching market is sizable, and that allows the left-hander a certain amount of comfort as his representatives approach the task of securing a large contract this winter.

Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, told The Associated Press Monday that his camp is only “gathering information” at this point, and that no deal is expected to be reached quickly.
“This one certainly is a little bit unique in that he’s clearly the best player on the free-agent market and not a lot of other things are going to impact our position on Cliff,” Braunecker said.
Braunecker may not even attend next week’s General Manager’s meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., not needing to drum up interest in Lee. There is also no need to take Lee on a tour of the cities where he could pitch next year. 
The Yankees and Rangers are thought to be among his most interested suitors, while the Phillies, Brewers, Cubs, Nationals and Angels could also jump in. 
“We’re going to take it on of kind of a team-by-team, case-by-case basis. I don’t expect Cliff to be flying all over the country,” Braunecker said. “We’re really in just the infancy stages of it all. We don’t really ever handicap the timing of any of this stuff. We believe that when the right deal presents itself, we’ll be prepared to act. And when that might be, that’s anybody’s guess at this point.”
– Bryan Hoch

Roundup: Lee gets a late-night ring


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Baseball’s biggest spenders showed no hesitation in going after this year’s biggest name on the pitching market. According to multiple reports, the Yankees contacted Cliff Lee‘s agent practically right away once free agency officially began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

That the Yankees are targeting Lee, who went 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA between Seattle and Texas and went to the World Series for a second straight season, is no secret. The question is whether they’ll offer enough to woo him away from the American League Champion Rangers, or any other suitors – the Nationals, anyone?

  • The Tigers have agreed to terms with shortstop Jhonny Peralta on a two-year, $11.25 million contract,’s Jason Beck reports. The deal is expected to be announced in the next couple days, and comes with a third-year club option and buyout.
  •’s Ken Rosenthal reported late Sunday that Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million offer to keep his talents in South Beach. Potentially a free agent next winter, Uggla is arbitration eligible is this year. Rosenthal writes that Uggla turned down the offer in part because another free agent with similar numbers is likely to command more money: Jayson Werth.
  • As’s Anthony DiComo wrote last week was an expected move, reports confirmed Sunday that Boston bench coach DeMarlo Hale is to interview for the Mets’ manager job early this week. Hale, 49, has been with Boston for the last five years.

– Evan Drellich


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