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The Reds haven’t brought in much outside help this offseason, but they’ve still been among the busiest teams in baseball. Their mission is keeping guys in-house. The club had already inked starter Bronson Arroyo to a three-year, $35 million extension. Then, late Thursday night, the club agreed on a six-year, $51 million contract with Jay Bruce, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon.
Now, they’re apparently turning their attention to Joey Votto and Johnny Cueto.
The Reds have been wanting to sign Votto, the reigning National League MVP, to some sort of extension, but ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick believes it won’t be for the six years that Bruce got. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds have also had preliminary discussions with Cueto about a long-term deal.
Here’s more from around the league on Friday …
* All was quiet on the Cliff Lee front as of Friday afternoon. The Rangers on Thursday presented Lee with a wide array of complex offers, and now, they wait. The Yankees had recently upped their proposal to seven years, but good friend CC Sabathia will give Lee his space, too. Is the ballyhooed left-hander agonizing over his decision right now? C.J. Wilson doesn’t think so. He thinks Lee is deer hunting.
* Young, non-tendered catcher Russell Martin could be close to making his decision. The Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays have been reported to have serious interest, with New York taking “an aggressive approach,” ESPN.com’s Buster Olney wrote via Twitter. He is said to be deciding between those three American League East teams.
* The Orioles made potential closer Kevin Gregg a two-year offer worth $8 to $10 million, according to the Baltimore Sun. Gregg seems to be negotiating with several teams right now. The question is whether the O’s would give him a chance to be their ninth-inning man.
* A few signings made today: The Royals got Melky Cabrera to be their center fielder; the Orioles resigned veteran infielder Cesar Izturis; the Brewers picked up catcher Wil Nieves; and the Braves officially signed lefty reliever George Sherrill.
* According to Olney, Jorge Cantu is one of the first basemen “seriously being considered” by the Diamondbacks. Cantu was a solid run-producer in the middle of the Marlins’ lineup the last two-plus years, but struggled while playing sparingly with the Rangers towards the end of the 2010 season.
– Alden Gonzalez
The Orioles, according to The Baltimore Sun, made free-agent reliever Kevin Gregg a two-year offer worth $8 to$10 million during the Winter Meetings.
Gregg, who served as the Blue Jays’ closer last year, also has interest from the Nationals, Pirates, Mariners and Red Sox, FOXSports.com reported recently.
The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 3.51 ERA, 1.390 WHIP and went 37-for-43 in save chances through 59 innings with Toronto in 2010. The Sun said Gregg is still negotiating with the O’s, who “still think they have a shot.”
One big factor in the negotiations could be whether Gregg would have the opportunity to close. Baltimore may choose to go with Koji Uehara in that spot.
– Alden Gonzalez
With Andy Pettitte headed for the disabled list and expected to miss four to five weeks, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Monday that Sergio Mitre will take Pettitte’s spot in the rotation.
According to multiple reports, the Blue Jays have made late-inning relievers Kevin Gregg, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor available. This should not come as a surprise, considering all three are eligible for free agency at season’s end and are not part of Toronto’s long-term plans.
Gregg has converted 20 saves in 23 chances for the Jays since taking over the role Frasor occupied at the start of the season. As things currently stand, Downs would qualify as a Type A free agent, while Gregg and Frasor would be eligible as Type B. That means all three could potentially net compensation picks in the 2011 Draft.
Gregg, 32, is under contract for $2.75 million this and his deal with the Jays includes either a $4.5 million club option for 2011 or an $8.75 million club option for the 2011-12 seasons. Downs — one of the better left-handed specialists over the past few years — is earning $4 million this year, while Frasor is under contract for $2.65 million.
The Marlins front office is weighing which direction to go by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
The club is tinkering with being out of realistic playoff contention. Already there are internal rumblings about moving the squad in a different direction. The Marlins would like to get more athletic and become better defensively. To do so, they may wind up reshaping a number of core pieces.
If trades are on the horizon, a name to keep an eye on is Leo Nunez.
With 18 saves in 23 attempts, Nunez impressed scouts in Atlanta on July 4 with the way he attacked the zone. The 26-year-old brought his fastball in at 97 mph, and the team wants him to rely more on the fastball than tossing too many changeups. Nunez was equally impressive on Monday, collecting a save at Dodger Stadium.
Now the Marlins are also in the market for bullpen help. So parting with their best reliever wouldn’t help the team’s chances in 2010. But if the focus is improving in 2011 and beyond, another team may be willing to overpay for Nunez.
The right-hander turns 27 in August, and he’s would be entering his second season of arbitration. He is making $2 million this year, and traditionally the Marlins don’t pay relievers more than $2.5 million.
They may have to in years to come. But the Marlins also have had success finding and grooming closer candidates. They converted Kevin Gregg from a long reliever to closer, and he held the job in 2007-08.
Should Nunez be traded this season, Clay Hensley would be a candidate to close the remainder of the season.
– Joe Frisaro
Solidifying their bullpen is a top priority for the Marlins. So it isn’t surprising that word leaked out that the team has interest in Pirates veteran Octavio Dotel.
According to FanHouse.com, the Marlins have asked the Pirates about Dotel’s availability. This is true. But that doesn’t mean the team has more interest in Dotel than a high number of other relievers who might be available.
The Marlins feel they are in the same boat as 20 other teams all looking for the same thing. Their interest in Dotel is considered on par with any number of possibilities.
With the Marlins sinking more out of the race, their chances of mortgaging a prospect for a quick fix is remote.
Several teams have informed the Marlins that they are seeking prospect Logan Morrison in return on any possible trade. Morrison, who is playing first base and outfield at Triple-A New Orleans, is close to being untouchable. Morrison, the team feels, will be a lefty bat similiar to Mets rookie Ike Davis.
While Morrison doesn’t have Davis’ power, the club believes he will hit for a higher average.
The team has some internal relief candidates they are likely to consider promoting in the next few weeks or months. A hard-throwing reliever who is close to being big league ready is right-hander Jhan Marinez, a 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic. Marinez is at Double-A Jacksonville.
Marinez throws in the upper 90s and he has a power slider.
Jose Ceda, who was acquired after the 2008 season from the Cubs for Kevin Gregg, is another internal reliever the Marlins feel is getting closer to being ready. Ceda missed all of last season with a shoulder injury.
– Joe Frisaro