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Padres ready to make moves?

Aside from trading for Marlins CF Cameron Maybin last month, it’s been a quiet winter for the Padres.

Well, aside from watching free agents Jon Garland, Miguel Tejada and Yorvit Torrealba sign elsewhere.

It looks like the Padres have reached a deal with right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang, who is a San Diego native and said Thursday that he would love to pitch at PETCO Park. I imagine it’s going to be a one-year deal, maybe with a mutual option.

Harang, effectively, would take the spot left by the departure of Garland.

So what’s next for the Padres? How about dealing first baseman Adrian Gonzalez? It could happen, as an online report Friday stated the Padres are talking to the Red Sox.

It’s a forgone conclusion that Gonzalez, a free agent after the season, won’t finish the 2011 season with the Padres. Until recently, it looked as though the team was prepared to take him into the regular season.

Perhaps that has changed. If so, the Padres, who won’t likely have a payroll exceeding more than $40 million or so, would be asking for a handful of prospects. The Red Sox have plenty and Padres GM Jed Hoyer — who used to be the assistant GM in Boston — knows the farm system well.

We figured to hear a lot about Cliff Lee, Carl Pavano and Carl Crawford at the Winter Meetings next week in Florida. Could we hear more about Gonzalez?

– Corey Brock, MLB.com

Roundup: Tigers snatch V-Mart from Red Sox

The arbitration deadline was expected to rule the day, but
it wound up being the Tigers that made the big splash. In a rather surprising
turn of events in this offseason, coveted free-agent catcher Victor Martinez
said no to the Red Sox and wound up agreeing to a four-year,
$50 million contract
with the Tigers.

The agreement, which a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com, is probably still pending a
physical and should be completed shortly.
At that point, the Tigers would officially be able to add Martinez to a middle
of the lineup that includes fellow Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera.

Here’s more from around the league Tuesday …

* After a bounce-back year that saw him make $3 million, Aubrey Huff inked
a two-year contract reportedly worth $22 million with the Giants. The
deal also includes a club option for 2013.

* Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert that
of all the clubs expressing interest in outfielder Justin Upton, only
“two or three” teams
have the players to make a deal work. Towers
says he seeks Major League-ready players in return, not just prospects.

* The Yankees prefer to give standout free-agent closer Mariano Rivera
just a one-year deal worth upwards of $18 million, according to Yahoo! Sports.
But Rivera, 41 next week, seeks two guaranteed years at that rate.  

* As for the Yankees’ other aging pitcher, Andy Pettitte is leaning towards a return to the Bronx, according to the Twitter account of Newsday’s Kevin Davidoff.

* And as for the free-agent pitcher the Yankees hope to land, an industry source told Yahoo! Sports on Monday that New York offered Cliff Lee a six-year contract worth nearly $140 million. But Lee seeks a seventh year.

* Jarrod Washburn, the 36-year-old left-hander who sat out all of last season, “continues to generate interest as a free agent,” according to Yahoo! Sports. The Brewers are believed to be one of the teams that have contacted his agent.

* Arbitration Day is in full swing. So far, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Adrian Beltre and Paul Konerko have been among the ranked free agents being offered arbitration, while Derek Jeter, Mike Lowell, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon have been among those who have not. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET.

– Alden Gonzalez 

Cliff Lee’s payday is coming

It is no secret that the Yankees are willing to dig deep to get Cliff Lee into pinstripes for next season and beyond, but the Boston Globe has a ballpark number for the contract the Bombers are thinking of right now – five years at approximately $115 to $120 million, the newspaper reported Sunday.

It is generally thought that no one will be able to outbid the Yankees for Lee – not even the Rangers, as team president Nolan Ryan acknowledged last week. That doesn’t necessarily mean Lee will decide to head to the Bronx, and his agent, Darek Braunecker, has said that he expects the process to go on a while longer. The Nationals are also thought to be interested.
Lee’s friend, CC Sabathia, squeezed an extra year out of the Yankees when his contract was being negotiated after the 2008 season. New York pounced out of the gate to deliver a six-year, $140 million deal to Sabathia, which eventually became a seven-year, $161 million pact that was agreed upon at the Winter Meetings.
– Bryan Hoch

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.
SI.com first reported the two sides were quickly coming together on a
deal, but ESPN.com 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 SI.com. 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 MLB.com, 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
ESPN.com, 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 MLB.com’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, MLB.com’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 MLB.com’s Ian Browne.
- Cliff Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker tells MLB.com’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 MLB.com. 
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 MLB.com.

“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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com as more information develops. 
Bailey Stephens
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