MLB Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Free Agent Rumblings Around Baseball

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Michael Bourn #24 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after he struck out swinging with bases loaded in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field on September 6, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With the exception of Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse, the MLB free-agent market is dry.

There are still a multitude of grizzled veterans who can come off the bench and provide depth in certain areas, but there remains little star power left on the open market.

Let's check in with the latest rumblings around baseball.


Travis Hafner in Pinstripes?

The New York Yankees have been quiet this offseason, but the Bronx Bombers could be adding a DH very soon, as's Bryan Hoch reports the Yankees are interested in acquiring free-agent power hitter Travis Hafner.

Following the departures of Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez, New York is in desperate need of a DH and power hitter, especially on the heels of Alex Rodriguez's latest blunder.

Given his age (35), Hafner would probably be offered a one-year deal. New York likely wouldn't need to pay Hafner too much, making this a solid deal for the Yankees.

Hafner hit just .228 with 12 HR and 34 RBI in 66 games with the Cleveland Indians last season, but has four consecutive seasons of at least 24 HR and 100 RBI from 2004-2007.

I like this move for the Yankees.


An Offer for Joe Saunders?

Joe Saunders will pitch in 2013—it's just a matter of where.

According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, Saunders has a one-year deal on the table with the Minnesota Twins, but has yet to respond.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Saunders has a two-year deal on the table, but that it's not from the Baltimore Orioles, who Saunders spent part of the 2012 season with:

A couple different industry sources -- and, admittedly, none directly involved with the negotiations -- have told me that Saunders has a two-year offer on the table. The speculation is that it is worth roughly $15 million or so, and isn’t from the Orioles.

The fact that there's a team out there willing to pay a guy with a 4.15 career ERA—including a combined 4.00-plus ERA last season—roughly $15 million over two years is absurd.

Whether it's with the Twins, who might've upped their offer to two years, or with another team besides Minnesota that has emerged as a suitor for the 31-year-old lefty, it appears Saunders will find a home in 2013.


The Latest on Michael Bourn

Thought to be one of the most coveted free agents this offseason, Michael Bourn still finds himself without a club to play for this season.

As for the latest updates on the speedy center fielder?

The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that the New York Mets and Bourn had a "secret visit" with the free agent last week:

It was more a getting-to-know-you session than a dollars-and-cents negotiation, at a time when the dollars and cents remain among the most significant hurdles in doing a deal.

Bourn already declined an offer by from Atlanta in November for a reported one-year, $13.3 million.

You can't blame Bourn for not wanting to ink a lowly one-year deal, but he needs to seriously begin weighing his options before he has to settle for an unfavorable offer.

Sherman writes that the Mets don't have any plans of signing the 30-year-old free agent.

So there's that.


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