Posts Tagged 'Yankees rumours 2012'

AL East Rumour Roundup – Wednesday, February 22

A few odds and ends:

-A cool story from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports as he reports on the energic Bobby Valentine during his first official workout as the Red Sox’s manager.

-It is expected that oft-rumoured free agent SP Roy Oswalt will finally decide on his new team.  It appears it has come down to three teams with the Red Sox, Cardinals and Rangers having shown the most interest in the veteran hurler.

-The New York Yankees signed reliever David Aardsma to a one-year deal worth $500K.  In his last season (2010) Aardsma saved 31 games and posted a respectable 3.44 ERA with a solid 8.9 K/9 in 49.2 IPs.  This low key signing could turn out to be a bargain if Aardsma can regain his prior form and stay healthy.

 

AL East Rumour Roundup – Tuesday, February 14

A slow day after the plethora of signings and rumours in the AL yesterday, here are a few:

Ben Nicholson-Smith reports on Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

-The Yankees have serious interest in Soler, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney tweets.

12:33pm: Many teams remain involved in the bidding for 19-year-old Cuban prospect Jorge Soler, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). The Cubs have been extensively linked to the outfielder, but they’re not the only club involved. 

The Yankees are in on the bidding, tweets David Kaplan of CSN Chicago, and Heyman suggests the Marlins could be involved. Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald hears that “a good number” of teams have interest (Twitter link). Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus explained yesterday that Soler would rank 38th or 39th on his list of top prospects.

No word if the Blue Jays have their hat in the ring, they have been aggressive on the international signing front and were linked to Aroldis Chapman, Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes and have signed Cuban SS Adeiny Hechavarria and Venezuelan SP Adonys Cardona.

-AJ Burnett to the Pittsburg Pirates continues to be discussed.

-Tampa Bay extends manager Joe Maddon for three more years, he will earn $2MM per season.

-The Orioles and center fielder Adam Jones have avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced via press release. Jones will earn a base salary of $6.15MM with $50K in performance-based bonuses — $25K apiece for reaching 620 and 635 plate appearances, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

AL East Rumour Roundup – Monday, February 13th

A pretty eventful day with a few big notes from around the American League:

From Ben Nicholson-Smith at MLB Trade rumours:

-The Athletics made an unexpected move today, agreeing to terms with Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on a four-year, $36MM contract. The agreement allows him to hit free agency after the 2015 season and leaves suitors such as the Marlins and Cubs empty-handed.

Here are some reactions to the deal…

Cespedes told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he’s “super happy” and that his first goal is to make the team and stay healthy all season long.

Agent Adam Katz told Kevin Kennedy and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio that four to seven teams were seriously interested.

A’s director of player personnel Billy Owens told Jim Bowden and Casey Stern on MLB Network Radio that Oakland’s scouts have watched Cespedes play for four or five years and consider him a center fielder.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports weighs in on the deal and explains why Cespedes remains an unknown, even though we’ve seen his skills on YouTube.

One A’s person told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that the club is “not trying to finish in last place” and explained that free agents are reluctant to take Oakland’s money.

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus hears that Katz sought either an eight-to-ten-year deal or a four-year deal and suggests Cespedes’ tools are as impressive as any player’s.

The Tigers were interested in Cespedes, but not at $36MM, GM Dave Dombrowski said, according to James Schmehl of MLive.com.

Word was the Jays were interested but it seems doubtful they were even close given the final contract numbers handed out to the Cuban outfielder.

-”Vladimir Guerrero has made it known to the Yankees that he wants their DH spot,” tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney, but Raul Ibanez remains the frontrunner.  Ibanez had a slightly worse 2011 season, but the Yankees seem to prefer his left-handed bat.

-Hours before today’s arbitration hearing, the Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz settled at the midpoint for $14.575MM, tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.  The new contract represents the largest-ever average annual value for a DH,

Monday AL East Rumours

A slow news days for the great white north baseball scene so let’s take a look at what some of our main competitors in the AL East are up to, courtesy of MLB Trade Rumours.com:

-Baltimore Orioles dealt SP Jeremy Guthrie who was entering his contract year to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, who can both be controlled for 2013.   Apparently multiple teams were interested in acquiring the veteran Guthrie to solidify the back end of their rotations.  They didn’t exactly get young prospects but VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette stated “We didn’t have any offers of young prospects for Jeremy,”.

-In Manny Ramirez news Duquette admitted he’s had exploratory talks with Manny Ramirez‘s agent and the Orioles have seen him work out, but added, “We are still considering the composition of this club, and some of the challenges of integrating a player like Manny into our ballclub and market.”

-The New York Yankees are oddly interested in free agent Raul Ibanez, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. The ACES client is willing to take less money to play for the Yankees.

ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported earlier tonight that the Yankees could add a left-handed hitter such as Ibanez, Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui within a week. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said last week that he would like to see GM Brian Cashman add a bat before Opening Day.

Ibanez posted a .245/.289/.419 line with 20 home runs in 575 plate appearances as the Phillies’ everyday left fielder last year. The 39-year-old could provide the Yankees with an option at designated hitter or in the corner outfield positions.


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