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As Hot Stove season cranks up, one of the hottest names in the rumor mill is D-backs outfielder Justin Upton. But according to our own Steve Gilbert, Arizona GM Kevin Towers said on Thursday he is “in no rush” to deal the talented 25-year-old, who is coming off a down year.
While Towers is having discussions about Upton at the General Manager Meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., they are still preliminary and figure to take time, if they go through at all. The D-backs are looking for Major League-ready players, rather than prospects, in exchange for Upton, a two-time All-Star who is signed through 2015.
In other news:
- The Dodgers, looking to go the free agency route for help in their starting rotation, have Hiroki Kuroda and Anibal Sanchez at the top of their list, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
- Sources have told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that Sanchez’s agent is asking teams for a contract in the $90 million range over six years. Besides the Dodgers, the teams interested include the Tigers, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Rangers.
- The Mets continue to talk to third baseman David Wright and pitcher R.A. Dickey about contract extensions, our own Anthony DiComo reports. But New York also is looking into trading Dickey, a leading Cy Young Award contender, according to Heyman.
- There is a possibility the Rays could trade two starting pitchers this offseason, but it’s more likely the club will deal only one, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. David Price and James Shields are among the candidates to go.
– Andrew Simon
Kirk Gibson waited until Friday morning to make up his lineup. Here it is:
Bloomquist ss, Johnson 2b, Upton rf, Young cf, Miranda 1b, Mora 3b, Montero c, Parra lf, Kennedy p
The Wall St. Journal reported Friday that the D-backs have offered former Mets general manager Omar Minaya a job as a special assistant to new GM Kevin Towers, though Minaya is “in no rush to decide” whether or not to accept the offer.
The Mets dismissed Minaya last month and still owe him more than $1 million next season.
–Anthony DiComo (Twitter: @AnthonyDiComo)
NEW YORK — The D-backs have agreed on a trade late Friday night that would send catcher Chris Snyder to the Pirates pending approval by the commissioner’s office according to a baseball source.
It is not clear what the D-backs would get in return or how much money is changing hands in the deal, but that is what would have to be approved by Major League Baseball.
Snyder is due $5.75 million next year with a club option worth $6.75 million for 2012 with a $750,000 buyout.
Snyder is hitting .231 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 65 games this year.
It’s been quite a change of direction for the club with regards to Snyder. Following the 2008 season, the club inked him to a contract extension and he looked like their catcher going forward.
A back injury, though, sidelined him two months into the 2009 season and Miguel Montero filled in for him and was so impressive with the bat that Snyder was relegated to a backup role.
– Steve Gilbert
The D-backs are likely not done dealing yet.
The team would still like to move catcher Chris Snyder and reliever Chad Qualls and are open to dealing first baseman Adam LaRoche.
In addition, they will listen to offers on right-hander Edwin Jackson, who will be a free agent after the 2011 season.
“If we could get a player back that could help at the Major League level immediately as well as help restock the farm system we would listen,” Hall said of a possible Jackson deal.
As of Monday afternoon, though, there had been no discussions of a three-team deal for Jackson involving the White Sox and the Nationals.
– Steve Gilbert
The Roy Oswalt saga continued on Monday as multiple media reports emerged suggesting that both the Cardinals and Phillies looked to be moving away from acquiring the Astros’ ace. The Astros are reportedly looking for a big return, which makes the possibility he’ll be dealt before Saturday’s deadline far from certain.
ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark suggests on Monday that the Astros are understandably hesitant to deal Oswalt to a divisional contender, but even so, Stark isn’t sure they have the prospects to land the ace anyway.
More reports from FoxSports.com emerged on Monday afternoon reporting from an unamed source that Oswalt may not approve a trade to the Phillies. As a result, the report suggested, Oswalt could choose to wait until the offseason and select the highest bidder.
The Dodgers, seen as another viable option for Oswalt, reportedly bristled at the idea of giving up James Loney or Matt Kemp.
But Oswalt is far from being the only key valuable commodity out there. Here’s a look at some other news from Monday.
-With their strong week, the Marlins have reached a point where they are unsure about how they will move forward at the Trade Deadline. One Florida-area beat writer reported on Monday on Twitter, though, that teams are inquiring about Chris Volstad. There was already talk of multiple teams, including the Rangers, interested in Jorge Cantu. So it will be interesting to see where the Marlins land on their decisions.
- Amidst media reports that the Mets and Royals were discussing a possible trade for Jeff Francoeur, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reported that the Mets are wary of losing Francoeur and needing another outfielder again if Carlos Beltran should go down. Stark also reported on Twitter on Monday that Kansas City has no interest in Francoeur, Ollie Perez or Jose Guillen or whoever.
- Aside from Ted Lilly, the Cubs have a few other valuable trade chips in Derrek Lee or Kosuke Fukudome. FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Twitter on Monday that the Cubs would pay part of his $4 million salary and “quite a bit” of $13.5 million salary next year. A source told Stark that it’s unlikely that Lee would OK full-no-trade clause at this point.
Keep checking MLB.com’s Hot Stove Blog for the latest trade rumors heading into Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline!
– Bailey Stephens
Teams have inquired about RHP Edwin Jackson, but the D-backs would be hesitant to deal both Jackson and Dan Haren.
Jackson’s salary jumps from $4.2 million this year to $8.35 million next year, the final season of his contract. Haren is due $12.75 million in 2011 and 2012 with a club option in 2013 for $15.5 million.
“I think preference would be to keep both or at least one of them,” D-backs team president/CEO Derrick Hall said. “But again anything is possible because if you’re getting enough in return you would have to consider it.”
– Steve Gilbert
D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall acknowledged that the club is listening to offers for ace pitcher Dan Haren, but he made it clear that they did not feel an urgency to move the ace right-hander.
“It would need to be in our opinion an A-plus deal,” Hall said. “I think ideally what we would ask for is Major League ready pitching be it starters and or bullpen and prospects. Volume doesn’t matter, it doesn’t need to be four, five or six guys, it’s really about the quality.”
Hall said that even if the team does trade Haren, it does not mean that it is giving up on contending in 2011.
“I think it depends on what we get in return,” Hall said when asked about possible fan reaction to a deal. “If it appears to be a cash dump, it’s not a good message, which is not what we’re looking to do. As I’ve said before if a deal can’t get done for Haren and he’s on our team next year I’m fine with that. If we can get three or four pieces that can bring value now and are also controllable for a number of years than we’d have to consider it. If we bring in the right pieces and explain ourselves fans will understand that it was a move to improve our team now.”
Haren has two years and an option year left on his current deal. He has a partial no-trade clause that would allow him to reject a trade to 12 teams.
– Steve Gilbert