Hot Stove roundup: Nolasco among rumor mill
Righty reportedly receives offers; owners approve expanded replay funding
Although the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., finished on Wednesday, the baseball world remained plenty busy on Thursday.
The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera' and the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen were named the American and National League Most Valuable Players, respectively. The owners gave unanimous approval for funding an expanded instant replay system at their quarterly meeting, another key step on the way toward implementing it for the 2014 season. And Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's chief operating officer, revealed that MLB and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball have hit a snag in their negotiations over the posting-fee system, casting doubt on whether highly touted right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will become available to MLB teams this offseason.
Even with the meetings over, rumors continued to circulate, with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reporting that free-agent right-hander Ricky Nolasco already has received multiple four-year offers, in the neighborhood of $52-60 million. In other news from around the league:
• With rumors flying about whether the Rays will trade ace left-hander David Price, our Bill Chastain examines the pros and cons of such a deal, which would be nothing new for the Rays. The club previously has gotten strong returns for pitchers Matt Garza and James Shields.
• Jake Peavy's championship-winning stay in Boston could be short-lived, with our Phil Rogers writing that the Red Sox could look to deal the veteran right-hander. He speculates that the Angels could be one of several clubs to have interest in Peavy.
• Speaking of players leaving Boston, ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports that shortstop Stephen Drew will not return to the Red Sox, who aren't likely to match other teams' multiyear offers.
• Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos might have his work cut out for him as he tries to improve his club while staying within Toronto's budget this offseason.
• The Orioles might be considering trading catcher Matt Wieters and closer Jim Johnson, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network.
• Derek Jeter said he feels healthy and is "100 percent" sure he will be the Yankees' everyday shortstop this season.
• Our Rhett Bollinger addresses some Twins issues, including Joe Mauer's move to first base and the club's interest in A.J. Pierzynski.
• The Royals believe they need to add only one starting pitcher this offseason, writes Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. That could mean re-signing Ervin Santana or replacing him.
• The Rangers agreed to a one-year contract with versatile infielder Adam Rosales, who was eligible for arbitration.
• Free-agent outfielder and Houston native Chris Young tells our Brian McTaggart that he would like to play for the Astros.
• The Marlins are looking to build around their young core, including Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez, rather than continuing to deal away pieces. On the other hand, Rosenthal tweeted that Miami is listening to offers for first baseman Logan Morrison.
• Veteran right-hander Alfredo Aceves "appears to be a good possibility" to sign with the Mets, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.
• Free-agent catcher Carlos Ruiz has been drawing plenty of interest this offseason, but our Todd Zolecki says he still could be a fit in Philadelphia.
• The Brewers have a hole to fill at first base, and while they could look to sign a free agent like James Loney or Justin Morneau or trade for someone like the Mets' Ike Davis, another appealing option is to bring back Corey Hart. The veteran missed all of last season while recovering from knee surgery and is a free agent.
• Speedy Reds prospect Billy Hamilton is playing winter ball in Puerto Rico and could get a chance to be the club's center fielder if free agent Shin-Soo Choo signs elsewhere.
• Dodgers club president Stan Kasten isn't ruling out anything but said he doesn't expect to make any splashy moves this offseason that would add significantly to the team's already large payroll.
• As the Rockies seek a replacement for retired first baseman Todd Helton, sources have told The Denver Post's Troy Renck that they are interested in free agents Mike Napoli and Loney.