Results tagged ‘ free agents ’

Cubs looking at Webb

Add the Cubs into the mix of teams looking at free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.
Fanhouse’s Ed Price reported Saturday night that Chicago has had contact with Webb’s agent and is “seriously” considering the former Cy Young winner.
Webb, 31, reportedly has also drawn interest from the Dodgers, Pirates, Twins and Rangers. Webb missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2009, but he could be a high-reward signing if healthy in 2011.
– Evan Drellich

Zaun wants a Tampa return

If he has his way this offseason, 16-year veteran catcher Gregg Zaun will return to his stomping grounds from two seasons ago, Tampa Bay.

Zaun, 39 and a free agent, told Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he’d like to play for the Rays in 2011. That could be a crowded situation to squeeze into, though: The Rays have John Jaso and Kelly Shoppach under contract, and while Dioner Navarro is arbitration eligible, he’s likely to be non-tendered.
A backup most of his career, Zaun played 34 games for the Rays in 2009 before signing a one-year, $2.15 million deal with Milwaukee for 2010. He hit .265 with a pair of homers in 102 at-bats this past season. 
The Brewers declined a $2.25 million club option on Zaun a week ago, paying a small buyout instead and making him a free agent. Zaun once said he wants to become the oldest catcher to play in the Majors. 
– Evan Drellich

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, MLB.com’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.
  • FoxSports.com’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 MLB.com’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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