American League Rumours – December 3, 2012

Here is a look at some of the American League notable headlines as per MLBTR:

-The biggest news pertaining to the Toronto Blue Jays was made by the rival Boston Red Sox today:

They have become the first team to make a major splash at the 2012 Winter Meetings, reaching an agreement on a three-year contract with Mike Napoli. The deal is for three years and $39MM, with the Red Sox choosing to pay the Brian Grieper client a higher annual salary rather than tacking on a fourth year.  Napoli’s money is spread evenly at $13MM per year, notes Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.

Napoli had a down year by his standards for the Rangers in 2012, hitting .227/.343/.469. However, he has a career .863 OPS, and is one season removed from a .320/.414/.631 line. While Boston likely doesn’t expect him to produce at that level again, the team will make him its primary first base option, according to Bradford. Cafardo tweets that the 31-year-old will also catch occasionally for the Sox.

-No word whether or not the Toronto Blue Jays have had any serious talks about New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey but if this report (and asking price) is true, there is no chance Alex Anthopoulos is in on him.  A report out of Boston had the Mets asking forXander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr in return for the 38-year old  knuckleballer.  I have my doubts that this was ever offered but if this is any indication of the price for him, it is extremely steep.

-Speaking of the Toronto Blue Jays they have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside from the New York Yankees.  Cue the ever popular JP Arencibia trade rumours!

-The Yankees have shown interest in free agent outfielder Cody Ross and requested his medical information earlier this week, writes WEEI’s Rob Bradford.

Ross, 31, hit .267/.326/.481 in 528 plate appearances for the Red Sox this year and is in line for the first multiyear deal of his career.

-The Royals are “sending out signals” that they have the money and the motivation to pursue a pitcher who could be considered a No. 1, reports Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. A run at Anibal Sanchez isn’t out of the question for Kansas City, according to Knobler.

-Tigers people continue to say the team isn’t even considering Rafael Soriano, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. However, Sherman notes that owner Mike Ilitch’s great relationship with Scott Boras still makes Detroit a wild card in the Soriano sweepstakes.

-It appears the Los Angeles Dodgers are in hot pursuit of the top free agent pitcher Zack Greinke.

-Roberto Hernandez (the former Fausto Carmona) seeks a one-year deal and has drawn interest from at least five teams including the Indians, reports MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.  The righty missed most of the 2012 season due to charges of using a false name and difficulty obtaining a visa.

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