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Tuesday rumor roundup from GM Meetings

Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:31 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 8:39 pm
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By Matt Snyder

With baseball's annual general manager meetings taking place in Milwaukee, there are many rumors floating around. Here's what CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler -- who is there -- heard Tuesday.

• The Yankees have met with Bob Garber, who is the agent for free agent starting pitchers C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt. The two sides are in preliminary discussions about both players, but several other teams are obviously still in play.

• The Red Sox are going to interview an unnamed candidate for a second time. Dale Sveum is also getting a second interview and several have speculated he's the front-runner.

• The Nationals need a center fielder and some other pieces, but are primarily focusing on one veteran starting pitcher. They're in on Wilson, Oswalt and Mark Buehrle. And we know they aren't shy when it comes to spending money (Exhibit A: Jayson Werth). Adding one of these guys to a rotation with young guns Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann would give the Nats a very strong rotation. The Nationals also wouldn't rule out any of the big-name offensive free agents (Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes), but it's much more likely they go pitching.

• The Orioles don't have near as much money to spend as some people thought they'd have. "We have to be smarter and work harder," new general manager Dan Duquette said. It looks like a payroll in the range of $90 million, which is an increase, but not a gigantic one. They opened last season with just over $85 million in player salaries.

• The Brewers have big reservations on signing Rafael Furcal and probably can't make a serious run at Jose Reyes, so don't be surprised if they bring back Yuniesky Betancourt to play shortstop. Also, Knobler told me it sounds like "the longest of longshots" Prince Fielder is back next season.

• Expect the owners to approve the sale of the Astros Thursday, and the move will also result in the Astros moving to the American League, starting in 2013. This will result in two 15-team leagues and interleague play all season.

• The Collective Bargaining Agreement will not be announced during the meetings. It will come Friday at the earliest, but don't worry, it's going to get done.

Here are some other notes from the meetings, compiled from other reporters:

• The Mets won't likely offer a six-year contract to Jose Reyes, Andy Martino of the Daily News reports. This isn't all too surprising but it's worth noting because the Marlins have reportedly offered Reyes six years and $90 million.

• The Reds are one of many teams that have contacted the Braves about All-Star pitcher Jair Jurrjens, but it's going to take "a ton" to land him, reports Jon Heyman of SI.com.

David Ortiz really wants to stay in Boston and will let the Red Sox match any offer he gets on the open market (Boston Herald).

Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com reports that the Red Sox, Reds, Blue Jays, Marlins, Dodgers, Angels, and Mets are all suitors for free agent closer Francisco Cordero. He's been a bit overshadowed in this free agency class by the likes of Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell and Ryan Madson, but Cordero has some serious pedigree as a closer. Only Mariano Rivera has more career saves among active players than Cordero.

• The Twins are interested in Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit, and that interest would heighten if Michael Cuddyer signs elsewhere (Star Tribune).

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howtellking
Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:47 pm
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Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:56 am
 

Tuesday rumor roundup from GM Meetings

There isn't any "news" on the Royals because they are building their team using their minor-league system which is now finally in excellent shape after years of neglect. There isn't any news because they are not spending on free agents.



Since: Jan 30, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:11 am
 

Tuesday rumor roundup from GM Meetings

Bias? You didn't just say bias, did you? Thirty teams, 12 entries, that's a lot of "no news on" teams. 

P.S. Fred Patek isn't there any more. :) 



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:44 am
 

Tuesday rumor roundup from GM Meetings

Expect the owners to approve the sale of the Astros Thursday, and the move will also result in the Astros moving to the American League, starting in 2013. This will result in two 15-team leagues and interleague play all season.
[Groan.]



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:37 am
 

Tuesday rumor roundup from GM Meetings

laaz has it all wrong!  The problem isn't that no one cares about the Royals; the problem is the Royals never have any news to report.  (Well . . . hardly ever.) 



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Tuesday rumor roundup from GM Meetings

And that's coming from a Nationals fan. Zing!



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Tuesday rumor roundup from GM Meetings

Yea.....no one cares about the Royals pal...



Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Tuesday rumor roundup from GM Meetings

No news on the Royals?  Why the bias?


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