MLB Trade Rumors: Latest on Felix Hernandez, David Price and More

Thomas CopainCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2010

MLB Trade Rumors: Latest on Felix Hernandez, David Price and More

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    SEATTLE - AUGUST 05:  Starter Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on August 5, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    MLB Trade Rumors continue to swirl as spring training gets closer, and April 1 is not that far away either.

    With the bigger names off the market, attention now turns to the role players and others either looking for a new home or that might be moved soon. A lot of the focus now will shift to Zack Greinke and the like as possible candidates for relocation.

    Greinke was the hot name even when Cliff Lee was still on the market, though nothing seems to be set in stone yet. But there have been rumors, especially involving the Yankees and the Blue Jays. 

    Here is the latest on Greinke and some other big names.

Zack Greinke

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    ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 11:  Zack Greinke #23 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on August 11, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Greinke's still the big name, and there's been a huge push in the New York media that the Yankees should push harder for Greinke because they missed out on Lee.

    The Yankees have the prospects Kansas City wants, but would New York be a good fit for Greinke, especially with his history and his battle with social anxiety disorder?

    Washington's still rumored to be in, as well as the Blue Jays, who can dangle Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider.

Felix Hernandez

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    TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 23:   Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners points to a fly ball during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 23, 2010 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays defeated the Mariners 1-0. (Photo by
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    Hernandez is young, a flamethrower and an innings eater. That makes him extremely valuable and extremely desired by other teams.

    The Yankees have already called about Hernandez, but Jon Heyman of SI tweeted that Hernandez is not available, making it the second time in six months that the Mariners turned down a Yankee proposal for a trade including a top pitcher.

David Aardsma

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Closing pitcher David Aardsma #53 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after defeating the Texas Rangers 2-1 at Safeco Field on September 19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    That being said, it looks like the Mariners are making their closer Aardsma available. He's a hard thrower and relatively cheap now, but Ken Rosenthal reported that his price will go up, as he is in arbitration.

    With the market flooded with relievers right now, it may be hard for Aardsma to be moved. But a team that perhaps wouldn't want to pay for a Rafael Soriano might come calling to Seattle about Aardsma.

David Price

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 12:  David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during Game 5 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on October 12, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Let me first preface this by saying there are no rumors directly suggesting Price will be moved.

    However, Joe Sheehan of SI made an interesting point in his baseball column, suggesting that Price could be an interesting option to the Yankees, who are desperately looking for pitching. Sheehan suggested that a deal involving Jesus Montero could be good enough to get it done.

    It's an interesting thought. Price is cheap right now, he could be gone in free agency in a couple of years and he would fetch a ton of prospects should the Rays think about moving him. It might be out of the realm of possibility, but it's an interesting thought.

Matt Garza

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    ST PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 26:  Pitcher Matt Garza #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates his no hitter against the Detroit Tigers during the game at Tropicana Field on July 26, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tampa Bay beat Detroit 5-0.  (Photo by J. Meric/
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    Garza's been another pitcher thrown out in rumors, as the Cubs were rumored in one deal. The latest team to be included in the Garza sweepstakes is the Nationals, according to The Washington Post.

    But the Post story clarified that it's not likely the Nats will land Garza or Greinke. The story also states, however, that the Nats have players Tampa is interested in, mostly Ian Desmond.

Josh Willingham

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 27:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Washington Nationals bats against the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game at AT&T Park on May 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Meanwhile, the Nats continued to be active this offseason, as they seem to have finally moved Josh Willingham. ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted today that the Nationals and Athletics have agreed on a deal that will send Willingham to Oakland in return for two prospects.

    It's not officially done yet, but should it go through, the Athletics would finally land the bats they need in Willingham and Hideki Matsui, and it would probably take them out of the running for Adrian Beltre.

Kevin Gregg

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 02:  Jose Molina #8 and Kevin Gregg #63 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees on August 2, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Gregg is one of the better closers available on the market, or at least one of the most desired. A number of teams have been focusing in Gregg, including the Red Sox.

    However, it now seems, at least according to Yahoo!, that the Orioles could be close to landing him. The Baltimore Sun reported that the Orioles are negotiating with Gregg and his agent, and it's looking like he could sign with the O's.

Jonathan Papelbon

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning on September 24, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 10-8. (Photo by
    Andrew Burton/Getty Images

    According to Heyman via Twitter today, the Red Sox are close to landing Bobby Jenks. Olney confirmed that, saying the sides agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with Jenks.

    Of course, with this being the case, that means current Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon is available, according to Heyman. That said, Heyman qualified that because of Papelbon's contract, there's not a ton of interest. But it could be worth watching.

Pedro Feliciano

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17:  Pedro Feliciano #25 of the New York Mets pitches against the Atlanta Braves on September 17, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves beat the Mets 6 - 4.  (Photo by Andre
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    Feliciano was one of the bigger lefty specialists on the market, and now it looks like he'll be headed across town from Flushing to the South Bronx.

    The Yankees have been negotiating with Feliciano, and it was first reported this morning that Feliciano and the Yankees were close to a deal.

    The latest afternoon update was from ESPNNewYork's Andrew Marchand, who reported the two sides are "a little closer," according to Feliciano's agent.

Prince Fielder

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    TOKYO - DECEMBER 15:  Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers visits Minamisuna Junior High School as part of the Major League Baseball (MLB) International Ambassador program to promote the game of baseball on December 15, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by
    Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

    Since the Winter Meetings, the talk of trading Fielder has definitely cooled to the point there's no new developments other than at least the Dodgers being interested.

    With news today that the Orioles will sign Adam LaRoche, it looks like they have moved on and made alternative plans. Milwaukee could very well keep him, but are the Brewers willing to risk that they won't get anything in return for him if he leaves after 2011?

Rafael Soriano

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09:  Pitcher Rafael Soriano #29 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after a 6-3 win against the Texas Rangers during game 3 of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Ge
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    With the Angels now deciding they're set in the bullpen with Scott Downs, one has to wonder if the window has somewhat closed on Soriano right now. There are still a couple of good closers out there competing with him, and perhaps his price might be too high.

    He'll get signed somewhere, especially because of his talent. But you have to wonder where he'll land. Right now, a possibility might be Toronto.