With all of the MLB rumors that emerge during the winter meetings, it is inevitable that some of them are total nonsense. Trade proposals are thrown out there, and some are quickly rejected.
A number of teams are linked to free agents even if it is highly unlikely that they will end up signing these players. This constant stream of rumors is part of what makes the winter meetings fun, but it also makes it difficult to determine what is true and what is false.
The following are some of the craziest rumors that have been brought to light so far. There will certainly be more as the MLB offseason continues.
Garrett Jones had the best season of his career in 2012 as he batted .274 with 27 home runs and 86 RBI. The 31-year-old has been a good producer throughout his career, but he has never been close to the elite level.
Therefore, it would not make sense that the Pittsburgh Pirates would get an elite prospect in a trade for him. That did not stop the Pirates from asking the Seattle Mariners for Taijuan Walker (h/t Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).
Walker was the fourth-best prospect in the minors at the end of the 2012 season, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.
Not surprisingly, the Mariners turned this offer down.
It is known that the New York Mets want a large package in return if they are going to deal R.A. Dickey this winter. They are shooting for the stars, and they have already been shot down because of ridiculous demands once.
According to Joey MacDonald of ESPN Boston, the Mets wanted Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. from the Red Sox for Dickey. At the end of the 2012 season, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com rated Bogaerts as the 31st-best prospect in baseball, and he ranked Bradley Jr. as the 39th-best prospect.
Boston had no interest in this proposal from the Mets since Dickey is set to become a free agent after the 2013 season.
Ike Davis may have struggled during parts of the 2012 season, but the team is not looking to replace him at first base. The New York Mets are interested in Mark Reynolds, but because Davis is at first base, they are looking at him as an outfielder (h/t Ken Davidoff of The New York Post).
Reynolds has played a grand total of three innings in the outfield in his major league career. He only played 23 games in the outfield while he was in the minor leagues. It is a bit laughable that the Mets want to use him as an outfielder.
According to Davidoff, Reynolds is likely out of the Mets' price range, and they will not end up signing him.
A number of teams are interested in Justin Upton, so it is not surprising that a crazy rumor has popped up surrounding him. The Philadelphia Phillies have a need for an outfielder, so it could make sense that they are interested in Upton.
However, the rumored offer of Cliff Lee for Upton that was mentioned by Pedro Gomez of ESPN just didn't seem right. This rumor was debunked within a few hours of it coming to light. Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly spoke with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who explicitly stated that the rumor of Lee to the Diamondbacks was false.
David Price took home the American League Cy Young award in 2012 after he went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 205 strikeouts. Over the past four seasons, Price has been a huge part of the Tampa Bay Rays success.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN (Insider required), the Rays could consider dealing Price this winter because of the fact that he is going to get expensive during arbitration, and the team will likely not be able to lock him up with a long term deal.
Price is incredibly important to the Rays, and they would need a massive return in order to deal him. It is hard to see a team coming up with a package of prospects that would blow the Rays away and convince them to move Price.