Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

Tuesday rumors: Dotel, Thornton and more

Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 4:32 pm
 
Rumor Mill
By Matt Snyder

There's going to be tons of rumor talk this week, as we inch closer to the Winter Meetings next week. That goes without saying. Some stuff will pan out and other rumors will never come to fruition.

Since not every reader is sitting on Twitter all day, we'll pass along as much as we can. Let's run through a quick snapshot of some of the more minor rumors from Tuesday morning and early afternoon. Remember, these are reports from other outlets that we're just passing along. Feel free to believe or ignore whatever you wish.

• Right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel -- who was an important member of the Cardinals bullpen after a midseason trade -- is drawing interest from a handful of teams, reports indicate. MLB.com says the Mets and Cardinals are in the running while FoxSports.com names the Cardinals, Reds and Tigers. Dotel is 38, but posted a high strikeout rate for the Cardinals (11.7 K/9, his best since '08) and threw well in the postseason.

• The White Sox are trying to trade left-handed reliever Matt Thornton, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Thornton is owed $12 million over the course of the next two seasons. The 35-year-old was excellent from 2008-2010 but took a step back in 2011. Of course, if you look at just June 5 to the end of the season, he was back to himself (2.20 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 44 K in 41 innings).

• The Cubs have interest in Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart (via trade), reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post, though Renck notes the level of "seriousness is unclear." Stewart makes a lot of sense as a trade candidate. Once a top-10 prospect (Baseball America had him as high as fourth in all of baseball), Stewart hit 25 homers for Colorado in 2009. But he's been unable to fix his issues with strikeouts, batting average or consistency and seems to have fallen out of favor. He'd probably come cheap, so the Cubs plugging him at third base -- with Aramis Ramirez headed out via free agency -- could work. Stewart's only 26, so maybe a change of scenery would help.

• The Dodgers are speaking with representatives for Adam Kennedy, reports MLB Trade Rumors. Kennedy would simply serve as a multi-positional backup infielder. The 35-year-old hit .234/.277/.355 last season for the Mariners. He'd be shaky at shortstop, but could handle first, second or third just fine.

• The Marlins are interested in Carlos Guillen, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com. The three-time All-Star is now 36 and has only averaged 72 games a year in the past four seasons due to injury woes. He'd also likely be simply a multi-positional backup or late-innings pinch hitter.

• This isn't a rumor, but we'll throw it in here. The Phillies have released relief pitcher Scott Mathieson so he can pursue a contract in Asia, the club announced via press release.

Hat-tip: MLB Trade Rumors

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Comments

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Tuesday rumors: Dotel, Thornton and more

Adam Kennedy has representatives? I guess Mario Mendoza's posse finally saw the writing on the wall and moved on.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Tuesday rumors: Dotel, Thornton and more

If they can get Stewart on the cheap, maybe for Soriano and as much money as possible off of his deal, I would say jump on it.  Sure, the 25hrs could have been a Colorado anomoly and he might be more Brandon Inge than Aramis Ramirez, but if they can fix his swing a bit, he could be a serviceable 3B with some pop.  And any deal is a good deal if it gets rid of Soriano.  

 


fooubook
Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:37 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:43 am
 

Tuesday rumors: Dotel, Thornton and more

Dotel hasn't aged. Soon, we're going to find out he's actually 46 and faked his birth certificate 18 years ago. He's been a stud. More power to him.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com