MLB Trade Rumors: Jose Reyes, James Loney and Other Latest Updates

April WeinerCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: Jose Reyes, James Loney and Other Latest Updates

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    JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals  takes a rest during fielding practice at Roger Dean Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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    MLB Spring Training has only just started, but the MLB buzz is continuous. There is already buzz about mid-season trades to come. There's also already buzz about the free agents after this season.

    Albert Pujols and C.C. Sabathia will probably continue to dominate the MLB buzz. There are some other buzz stories past Pujols and Sabathia, though.

    Here are some of the latest buzz in the MLB world.

Kevin Millwood Turns Down The New York Yankees

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    BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 22:  Kevin Millwood #34 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts after David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox hit an RBI single in the sixth inning on September 22, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Kevin Millwood rejected a minor-league offer from the New York Yankees.

    Following a dismal 2010 season with the Baltimore Orioles, the pitcher believes he is still worthy of the major leagues.

    Not with the Yankees, though.

NFL Prospect and Los Angeles Angels Draft Pick Jake Locker

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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 44-14.  (Photo by Ch
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    That’s not a typo. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted Washington (and prospective NFL) quarterback Jake Locker in the 2009 MLB Draft.

    They own his rights through 2015. If there is a work stoppage in the NFL, Locker could potentially join the Angels.

Jonathan Papelbon's Future With The Boston Red Sox

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26:  Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox looks on aganist the New York Yankees bunt attempt in the 10th inning on September 26, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 4-3.  (Photo by Mike
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    What is Jonathon Papelbon’s future in the Boston Red Sox organization?

    Papelbon becomes a free agent at the end of 2011, unless he signs an extension with the club (or is traded) during the year.

    The speculation is that Papelbon won’t remain in Boston after this year.

    Papelbon disagrees, though, saying he doesn’t understand those rumors. We will just have to wait and see.

Orlando Cabrera Retirement Not Impending

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    GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Orlando Cabrera #20 of the Cleveland Indians poses during their photo day at the Cleveland Indians Spring Training Complex on February 22, 2011 in Goodyear ,Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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    Reports surfaced that Orlando Cabrera would retire after the 2011 season. Cabrera signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians.

    Cabrera said today that he intends to play many more years, that this season will not be his last.  

Jose Guillen Retirement May Be Imminent

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    PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 06:  Jose Guillen #6 of the San Francisco Giants during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 6, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 2-0 in eleven innings
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    Free agent Jose Guillen is still on the market as well. However, chances are looking slim that he will be signed, the closer the season nears.

    Now, as Guillen told Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes, he will retire if he does not receive any offers within the next week.

Chad Durbin To The Philadelphia Phillies' Minors?

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 20:  Pitcher Chad Durbin #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 20, 2010 in San Francisco, Californ
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    Free agent Chad Durbin is still available. The latest reports are that the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in him.

    However, Durbin is also amenable to a minor-league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies if no major league deal pans out, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

James Loney and Los Angeles Dodgers Sign One-Year Deal

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17:  James Loney #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run double against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with their first baseman, James Loney. He and the Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $4.875 million contract.

    The Dodgers got the better end of that deal, only going $175,000 over what they wanted to give him.

Will Jose Reyes Remain a New York Met?

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets throws to first base during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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    There is a lot of speculation that Jose Reyes will not finish the 2011 MLB season as a member of the New York Mets.

    Reyes will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Plus, Mets ownership is still feeling the financial stress after the Madoff troubles.

    They may have to give up Reyes to clear up some salary.  

Francisco Rodriguez's Future As A New York Met

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Pitcher Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets works out during spring training at Tradition Field on February 17, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    The New York Mets financial troubles are a hot topic. Certainly, they will be trying to move as much salary as possible to save money.

    Expensive closer Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez has a $17.5 million option for 2012. The option will kick in automatically if he pitches 55 games, passes medical tests and is declared healthy.

    Some speculate that the Mets will try to not let K-Rod reach those 55 games.

    However, the MLBPA will be closely monitoring the situation, with MLBPA chief Michael Weiner saying that the Mets cannot deliberately prevent K-Rod from reaching his option.


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