MLB Free Agents 2012: Updating Every Team's Latest Rumor
MLB rumors fly around during the winter. There are rumors about free agents and possible deals and there are at least a few new pieces of information that come up every day.
Teams are often connected to the some of the top 50 free agents and they face a lot of competition from each other for these elite players. The following rumors are some of the newest pieces of information that are available about each team's intentions for the winter.
It had originally seemed like the Arizona Diamondbacks had a fairly serious interest in Roy Oswalt. This would make sense as Oswalt is one of the best pitchers on the market.
However, the Diamondbacks' interest in Oswalt has seemed to cool off recently. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has said that the Diamondback's interest level is low.
The Atlanta Braves have a few young prospects who could come in and play shortstop for them in 2012. Their other option is to go out and sign a free agent.
There is a chance that the Braves decide to re-sign Alex Gonzalez this winter. According to Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves are not certain if they will make a one-year offer to Gonzalez if he doesn't get any multi-year offers.
Although Dan Duquette said that he is not sure if he would sign a high-priced DH, that has not stopped him from speaking with David Ortiz's agents.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported about the meeting. Ortiz would be an interesting fit for the Orioles, but they would need to make at least one or two more moves before they could be competitive.
Boston Red Sox
It is too early to count out a return to Boston for David Ortiz. He has been a key player in their lineup for years and they are not sure that they are ready to let him go.
Rob Bradford of WEEI has reported that Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has made a contract offer to Ortiz. If it is a competitive offer, there is no reason why Ortiz won't be a Red Sock again next year.
Bringing in Theo Epstein will be the biggest move that the Chicago Cubs made this offseason, but they also need to bring in a number of players that can help them on the field.
Kerry Wood has already spent most of his career with the Cubs and Theo Epstein wants him back for another year according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. Wood would help give the Cubs a solid closer.
Chicago White Sox
While this is not a rumor about a free agent that the Chicago White Sox could potentially bring in, it does impact their offseason plans.
Kenny Williams has confirmed that Chris Sale will be a starter next season. This could mean that the White Sox are not as willing to bring back Mark Buehrle and that they could become more active in the market for free agent relievers.
The Cincinnati Reds declined Francisco Cordero's option this winter. They were hoping that they could bring him back at a lower price, but that may not be the case.
Jim Bowden of ESPN has said that if the Reds do not increase their offer to Cordero that he will not be pitching for the team next season.
Grady Sizemore was expected to be one of the biggest low-risk/high-reward players on the free agent market winter. Apparently with so many other teams interested in him, the Cleveland Indians have recognized how valuable he is.
The Indians have had continued discussions with Sizemore's agent over the weekend and they hope to sign him to a new deal soon.
Milton Bradley had a rough year with the Seattle Mariners in 2011. He hit just .218 with two home runs through 28 games with the Mariners and was released by the team.
That has not stopped the Colorado Rockies from having an interest in him. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the team has been in contact with his agents.
There are a number of teams that have an interest in Jose Reyes, but the problem is that he comes with a very high cost. This is prohibitive for many of the teams that could try to sign him.
Jim Leyland mentioned to Jim Bowden that while he is very interested in Reyes, he does not think that is a possibility for his team to pursue him.
Instead, the Astros hope to work on developing their farm system. This does not mean that the Astros will not go after free agents this winter, but rather they will look at guys that they can sign to short deals.
Kansas City Royals
Bruce Chen has drawn a lot of interest this winter and there are multiple teams that have offered him multi-year deals according to Jon Heyman. The Royals remain intent on bringing Chen back.
They are amongst the teams that have offered him a deal and Heyman believes that he is one of their main targets this winter. Chen has been one of Royals best pitchers during the past two years.
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angles have had interest in C.J. Wilson this winter, but they may not be all that interested in signing him. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, they might just be making an offer to him to raise the price for the Texas Rangers.
It is also possible that the Angels interest is in fact sincere and that they are looking to have the best rotation in the American League.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda has been an important part of the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation over the past few seasons. The team is interested in bringing him back, but they have a couple of factors that are standing in their way.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA, the Dodgers may not be able to bring Kuroda back. They might not be able to afford him and their is also the possibility that Kuroda decides to go back to Japan.
There has been a lot of talk recently about how Jose Reyes is likely to end up in Miami this winter. He has visited the team and it was rumored that they offered him a deal worth around $90 million.
According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, this is not true. Heyman says that the Marlins offer was $10-20 million less, which could put him in the price range of many other teams, including the New York Mets.
The Milwaukee Brewers were another team that has had an interested in Jose Reyes. He would help offset the Brewers' loss of Prince Fielder.
However, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinial the Brewers have not had any momentum in their talks with Reyes' agent since their initial phone call.
Mark Buehrle has been a very popular man this winter. He has drawn interest from almost half of the teams in the MLB.
One of these teams is the Minnesota Twins according to Jim Bowden. Buehrle would be an anchor for the Twins rotation but they would have to make him a big offer in order to sign him.
New York Mets
In recent Mets history, there is no more memorable moment then Endy Chavez's phenomenal catch during Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. That moment will live in Mets lore for years.
The New York Mets have looked into bringing Chavez back for 2012. Andy Martino has reported that the Mets have had informal talks with Chavez's agent, Peter Greenberg in regards to signing Chavez to a deal.
New York Yankees
According to New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman, the Yankees' roster is almost set. The one area that he sees that could be improved is the team's rotation.
The Yankees could look to bring in a big name starter. C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle and Yu Darvish could be just some of the options that the Yankees pursue this winter.
The Oakland Athletics' ownership is uncertain what they want to do in regards to free agents at this point in the offseason. Their decision will be dependent on if the team will get approval to move to San Jose.
Oakland was last in the majors in attendance and without the ticket and ballpark revenues, the team cannot make moves for many of the free agents that they may have interest in.
Bob Garber is the agent for two of the biggest free agent starters that are available this winter. Both Roy Oswalt and C.J. Wilson are potential targets for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. recently met with Garber according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. The Phillies are looking for a starter this winter and there has been talk that they are interested in bringing Oswalt back.
San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres offered arbitration to Heath Bell and they are waiting for him to make a decision. It seems as if they will have to wait a bit longer.
Dan Hayes of the North County Times has noted that Bell could likely wait until the last minute to decide about the offer. If he declines, the Padres will need to try to work to sign him.
San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants are looking for outfielders again this winter. They picked up Carlos Beltran this winter and they are not looking to let him go.
Buster Olney has noted that Beltran is the Giants top target this winter. There could be a number of other teams that give them a run for their money this year.
Prince Fielder is one of the crown jewels of this winter's free agent market and according to Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times, the Mariners may be able to afford him.
Seattle is slowly developing into a competitive team and they have a number of young players who will only get better. Signing Fielder would put them on the fast track to success.
St. Louis Cardinals
There is really only one important target on the St. Louis Cardinals' radar this winter. If the reigning champions fail to re-sign Albert Pujols, their offseason will be considered a failure.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Cardinals and Dan Lozano, Pujols' agent, met for the first time since February this past week.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have let a few expensive relievers go during the past few years and now it seems as if they may be in the market for one.
Jim Bowden of ESPN has tweeted that the Rays have expressed interest in Francisco Cordero. He would be a fantastic, albeit expensive addition to the Rays' bullpen.
The Texas Rangers have taken an interest in the two top Cuban defectors who will be on the market this winter. They have taken an interest in both Jorge Soler and Yoenis Cespedes.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com has noted that the Rangers have more interest in Soler than Cespedes. The team believes that Soler could have more offensive upside.
Toronto Blue Jays
According to Jerry Crasnick, the Toronto Blue Jays have expressed an interested in signing free agent catcher Kelly Shoppach. This seems like an interesting move for the team.
The Blue Jays already have a starting catcher in J.P. Arencibia and they have one of the top catching prospects in the minors in Travis d'Arnaud.
Although the Cleveland Indians have been making a strong run at Grady Sizemore, he may not end up signing there. Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports has reported that the Washington Nationals are interested in Sizemore.
Sizemore would be a great fit in Washington and if he is able to stay healthy all of next season, he could help lead the Nationals to a wild card spot.