The MLB’s Winter Meetings are officially in the books. Marquee free agents such as Robinson Cano, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury have found new teams, and we aren't that far off from hearing the magical words of pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
However, there are still plenty of moves to be made before the season gets underway. Let’s dig into a few December rumors.
Twins Interested in Bronson Arroyo
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press passed on the following nugget regarding Minnesota’s position in the race for Bronson Arroyo:
Second person with direct knowledge tells me #mnTwins remain strongly interested in signing Bronson Arroyo as well.— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) December 15, 2013
This is particularly notable because the Twins have already committed to revamping their starting rotation this offseason. Ricky Nolasco, Mike Pelfrey and Phil Hughes have already been added to the fold for Minnesota, and if this traditionally small-market club adds Arroyo it will be spending a large amount of cash on pitching.
According to the Twins' official website, GM Terry Ryan suggested the team isn't done adding pitchers:
There's still some quality out there. Anybody looking for pitching has choices, and that's a good thing. We were fortunate enough to get a couple of those guys early, and now we'll have to see exactly what opportunities are still out there for us. Everybody knows we're looking for pitching.
Arroyo is an innings-eater that would certainly help the Twins compete against the likes of Detroit in the division. Whether he is worth the money or not for Minnesota remains to be seen.
Braves in on Gavin Floyd
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the following regarding the Braves and what seems like an imminent deal with pitcher Gavin Floyd:
#Braves are the "mystery team" that's been talking with Gavin Floyd. Believed to be close to a deal, but not finalized yet.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) December 14, 2013
This would be a calculated risk for Atlanta because Floyd missed much of last season following Tommy John surgery. He will almost certainly not be ready by Opening Day, but when healthy he is capable of racking up the strikeouts and giving Atlanta solid chunks of innings.
He won’t be an ace for the Braves, but Floyd has the chance to be a valuable asset at the back end of the rotation in the race for the postseason. The more pitching depth Atlanta can accumulate, the better off it will be in the long run.
Marlins Looking for Help at the Hot Corner
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Miami is actively pursuing someone to occupy third base for 2014.
The Marlins were long thought to be interested in Juan Uribe, but he recently signed with the Dodgers and was taken off the board. Frisaro floated the name Eric Chavez out there for Miami, but he won’t be that cheap even at the ripe age of 36.
That could leave Casey McGehee and Wilson Betemit as potential options for the Marlins, although they may look internally as well.