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Like fellow pitcher David Price, Homer Bailey has seen his name come up in trade rumors this offseason because of his climbing salary and upcoming free agency.
The Reds would like to sign the right-hander to a long-term extension before he hits the open market next winter, as MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon writes, but general manager Walt Jocketty acknowledged that Bailey’s asking price will make that difficult.
In other news from around the league on Monday:
- Sheldon also examines the remaining group of free-agent center fielders and reports that the Reds have not reached out to Nyjer Morgan, who played in Japan last season.
- MLB.com Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch tackles several fan questions in his latest inbox column, including the club’s options at third base and closer.
- Veteran left-hander Johan Santana, who is coming off shoulder surgery, could be headed toward a reunion with the Twins.
- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin offered an explanation as to why his team is having one of the more quiet offseasons in the Majors.
- MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo takes a look at the Mets’ biggest areas of need with Spring Training approaching quickly.
- The Orioles have interest in free-agent righty Bronson Arroyo, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
- Olney also reports that free-agent lefty Chris Capuano is willing to be patient as he looks for a two-year contract.
- The Mariners are considering making more additions this offseason, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network. But the front office will need to persuade ownership in order to snag the likes of Price, Masahiro Tanaka or Nelson Cruz.
- The Indians added depth to their roster, signing veterans Scott Atchison and Jeff Francoeur to Minor League deals that will allow them to compete for spots in the bullpen and on the bench, respectively.
- Two catchers signed Minor League deals, with Taylor Teagarden going to the Mets and Humberto Quintero going to the Mariners. Also, outfielder Chris Dickerson signed a Minor League deal with the Pirates.
— Andrew Simon
Could a reunion be in store for the Twins and their former ace?
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Minnesota is still “a real possibility” for former Twins and Mets left-hander Johan Santana.
Santana, coming off another major shoulder surgery at 34 years old, broke into the Majors with the Twins in 2000 and pitched for Minnesota until 2007. During that stretch, he won two American League Cy Young Awards (2004, ’06) while compiling a 93-44 record and 3.22 ERA.
The Twins traded Santana to the Mets before the 2008 season and have “continued to discuss Santana internally,” according to the Daily News report, which also notes that he has received interest from about 12 teams.
Santana didn’t pitch last year while recovering from shoulder surgery. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last week that the lefty was “getting closer” to selecting which Minor League contract to accept. Cafardo also noted that Santana still lives in Fort Myers, Fla., the Twins’ Spring Training home.
The Twins have been on a mission this offseason to upgrade their rotation, which was easily the worst in the Majors in 2013. Minnesota’s starters posted a 5.26 ERA and struck out fewer than five batters per inning.
As MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger pointed out in his Inbox, the Twins have locked down four-fifths of their 2014 starting rotation — Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey — with Samuel Deduno currently considered the favorite to secure the fifth spot.