MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Top Players

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MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Top Players
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Most of the big names have come and gone on the MLB free agent market, but there are still some good players out there. 

Nick Swisher

Swisher is the best outfield bat on the market. As a result, he's been linked to numerous teams.

The Cleveland Indians are hot on the trail of the vivacious outfielder. Swisher is from Ohio, and the Indians have a standing offer out to him, according to Jordan Bastian of

Additionally, Buster Onley of ESPN says that the Indians might be the favorite to sign Swisher:

If he does sign with Cleveland, Swisher could be receiving a deal for four years and $60 million, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN:

The Mariners are also interested in Swisher's services. He would replace Ichiro, who ironically, is going to replace Swisher in New York. 

However, it looks like Swisher is, alas, not interested in Seattle, according to Jon Heyman of CBS:

Michael Bourn

Michael Bourn is the other hot outfielder on the market, and is being courted by a number of teams. The Giants are one that could be interested, according to CBS. The Giants are looking at other outfielders as well.

If the Dodgers trade Andre Ethier, Bourn could be an option as a replacement, writes Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, but they would first have to find a trading partner for Ethier. The Dodgers would have to eat some of the contract, though.

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Perhaps somewhat concerning for Bourn is that many MLB executives don't know what's going to happen with him. As Buster Onley noted,

One logical destination would be the Texas Rangers, especially now that Josh Hamilton is gone. Jon Heyman reports that,

It would seem that Bourn's market will pick up once Swisher's status is determined.

Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse is one of the better starting pitchers remaining on the market, and there are plenty of teams interested in his services.

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One team is the Boston Red Sox, who are in dire need of starting pitching help. Jon Heyman reports that,

Lohse would help the Sox, although he has seen most of his success in the National League. Still, the Red Sox would be very interested if Loshe would be willing to accept a three-year contract, reports Gordon Edes of

The Royals have interest in Loshe, who would help bolster a revamped pitching staff. However, as Danny Knobler reports, they would need to shed salary to make the finances work:

The Angels clearly don't mind spending money, and they would be willing to dole out some cash to Lohse, as Jon Heyman reported. 

Rafael Soriano

Soriano is the best closer on the market, but he has not seen that much action.

The Tigers, who desperately need relief help, but it doesn't look like owner Mike Ilitch is willing to spend money for Soriano:

Soriano's agent, Scott Boras, has been in contact with the Giants about the closer, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle  But the Giants have a closer in Sergio Romo, and if anything, Soriano would serve as a set-up man.

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The Dodgers might continue their free-spending ways and pony up for Soriano, despite the presence of Brandon League:

Still, no matter where Soriano ends up, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated writes how it is was a mistake for Soriano to opt-out of a $14 million contract with the Yankees:

There is a saying closers like to promote that "not just anybody can close." That may be true -- some guys prefer lower leverage spots. But many pitchers can close. Over the past 10 seasons, 91 different players have posted 25 saves in a season. Ninety-one! It's not an especially rare commodity. The clubs are finding that out. And Soriano is finding out that a market correction is occurring. To get his big money, Soriano will have to re-set that market.

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