More and more moves continue to happen around the majors, and despite the winter meetings coming to an end, there are still a couple of players in need of either a contract or a new home.
I'd like to take a look at 10 players who are currently still holding their "for rent" signs, and give you the latest news regarding them.
All news is current as of Monday, 7 a.m.
The Latest: According to Buster Olney on Twitter, the Blue Jays would have to give up Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider in a Zack Greinke trade and that just isn’t going to happen.
It is assumed by many that there isn’t going to be any move on Greinke —at least by Toronto—until Cliff Lee makes up his mind.
But that’s just the American League.
There is a new floating rumor that the Milwaukee Brewers could still make a move for Zach Greinke, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The only issue is the Brewers supposedly are on Greinke's no-trade list.
As it stands right now, all talks with Greinke have stalled for the moment.
The Latest: According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expects Prince Fielder to be with the Brewers in 2011.
"I expect him to, yes," said Roenicke. "With somebody as high quality a player as he is, I don't think those guys move as often as you think they will."
Fielder, in a down season, batted .261/.401/.471 with 32 homers and 83 RBI this past season. It’s rumored Fielder will make around $14 million through the arbitration process this winter and will be a free agent after the 2011 campaign.
As it stands right now, he is likely to remain a Brewer for at least one more year.
The Latest: Good lord, where do I begin with this one! The Yankees are rumored to be firm on their latest offer to Cliff Lee—rumored to be seven years for roughly $161 million—and the Rangers are holding their own against the Bronx Bombers.
Oh, not enough?
There is supposedly a “mystery” third team now involved in the bidding wars, but to be honest, there has always been a mystery (un-identified) team in the mix since day one.
As it stands right now, team president Nolan Ryan believes that Lee may not make a decision until today (Monday) at the earliest.
LAST MINUTE UPDATE: The Nationals are now said to be out of the bidding wars according to their website.
The Latest: According to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "the Twins have to match the best offer to keep (Carl) Pavano."
According to the report out of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Pavano has told teammates and club officials that he wants to stay with the Twins.
As it stands right now, it is speculated that Pavano wants a three year deal worth roughly $10 million a year, and it is unclear if Minnesota has offered such a deal. If they haven’t, they may just lose their current inside track.
The Latest: There has been a bevy of teams showing interest in Matt Garza including the Rockies and Rangers, but the most intriguing report comes from AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price.
According to Price on Friday a source has told him that he [the source] is "certain" Rays right-hander Matt Garza will be traded this winter, probably to the Cubs.
The Cubs are interested in another sure handed pitcher despite Garza’s sub-par 2010 performance, and with the Rangers obviously focused elsewhere, and the Rockies pretty much out of the mix, it isn’t a farfetched idea.
As it stands right now, everything is gridlocked.
The Latest: One of the more interesting articles I have read over the past couple of days regarding player news comes from Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Times-Review. Basically, Biertempfel says that Reds outfielder Jay Bruce’s six-year, $51 million contract extension helps bring Andrew McCutchen’s market value into focus.
He explains that Bruce was eligible for arbitration this year as a “Super Two” player — a player with less than three years service time who are among the top 17 percent for cumulative playing time in the majors in this class of players and were on the major league roster for at least 86 days in the previous season.
McCutchen is not such a player.
As it stands right now, the Pirates will have to make a decision soon only because McCutchen’s price tag is sure to rise the longer they wait. McCutchen may not be Jay Bruce, but he is one of the better outfielders in Pittsburgh right now.
The Latest: The ongoing saga of reliever/closer Kevin Gregg finding a new home may come to an end as soon as this week.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have made a two-year offer to free agent Kevin Gregg worth between $8-$10 million.
As it stands right now there has been no word of whether or not Gregg has accepted but the chances are pretty good. The O’s could entice Gregg with the offer of being a closer, and since he is a Type B free agent, he wouldn’t cost the O’s any draft picks.
The Latest: Grant Balfour is still on the market after declining arbitration in Tampa at the end of November.
Balfour is a Type A free agent, and despite his commanding line—2.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 that he posted over 55 1/3 innings—he might wind up having trouble finding a home simply due to his baggage.
As it stands right now the Red Sox has shown some interest, but are waiting to see if Matt Guerrier accepts their offer.
The Latest: Another Minnesota Twins the Red Sox are interested in is Jesse Crain, but the Twins are also reported as interested in keeping him as well.
The problem for the Twins is they may not be able to keep him, and the problem for the Red Sox is that they could wind up trying for Brian Fuentes or Matt Guerrier.
As it stands right now there has been little movement from either club regarding Crain.
The Latest: Derrek Lee has suddenly become one of the most popular names on the free market right now, despite a pedestrian 2010 season.
It is now being reported that the Orioles, Athletics, Blue Jays, Padres, Nationals, and Diamondbacks have all expressed interest in free agent first baseman Derrek Lee’s services according to SI.com's Jon Heyman (via Twitter).
As it stands right now the rumor is Lee wouldn’t mind playing for Arizona, but Washington would not only make more sense, but they would obviously be a better contending team.
Playing for Washington could mean whether or not the Nats go for Lee or Adam LaRoche.