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Wednesday's rumors: Cespedes, Rollins and more

Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:48 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 3:22 pm
Hot Stove
By C. Trent Rosecrans

While we all wait for tomorrow's 5:30 p.m. ET coronation of Bobby Valentine as the new manager of the Red Sox, here's the latest roundup of rumors, tidbits and other goings on around the baseball world -- or at least the internet part of it.

South Korean right-hander Chong Tae-Hyon is trying to decide between staying in his home country or joining the Orioles. The 33-year-old has been an All-Star in Korean and is a free agent for the first time. He's gaining plenty of interest in Korea, but would likely get a multi-year deal and a spot on the Orioles' 40-man roster, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The Orioles are also joining the sweepstakes for Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes, Roch Kubatko of writes.

Speaking of Cespedes, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo watched him work out in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes. He notes the Nationals were in attendance at a showcase for Cespedes in early November, before the now-famous video was released.

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will meet with a doctor this week to determine if he needs surgery on his right knee, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes. Morrison said he twice ran into walls, including one incident that required five stitches to close a cut.

Infielder Adam Kennedy has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth $800,000 to serve as a left-handed bat off the bench and a utility player. Kennedy spent 2010 with the Mariners, hitting .234/.277/.355 with seven home runs. (Orange County Register)

The Giants are looking to move either Jeremy Affeldt or right-hander Ramon Ramirez,Ken Rosenthal of reports. The team picked up Affeldt's $5 million option for 2012. Ramirez is in his third year of arbitration and should get a bump from the $1.65 million he made last season. Right-hander Sergio Romo is also arbitration-eligible.

If somehow the Cardinals don't end up re-signing Albert Pujols, the team could look to sign Jimmy Rollins to fill its hole at shortstop, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes. However, the team is stuck in a holding pattern until Pujols makes his final decision.

The good news for White Sox fans is that the team is cutting some of its ticket prices -- however that may be in anticipation of "gutting" the team, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. The team doesn't expect to get Mark Buehrle back and could look to trade lefty John Danks before he reaches free agency.

The Phillies announced they'd signed eight players to minor-league deals with invites to spring training, including right-hander Scott Elarton, infielder Pete Orr and outfielder Scott Podsednik

And, finally, to go back full circle to Valentine and the Red Sox, sources told's Alex Speier that after Terry Francona got the ax, Red Sox officials told at least one player that the team wasn't going to hire "someone like Bobby Valentine." Perhaps they forgot to add, "but maybe the real Bobby Valentine."'s Buster Olney wrote that Red Sox players are already none too happy about the hiring, complaining about some of the things Valentine said about them on the air as ESPN's analyst. 

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Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:06 pm

Wednesday's rumors: Cespedes, Rollins and more

I feel bad for the team that overpays for Buerhle, he's just like john lackey with a decent ERA and always has more wins than losses.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:42 pm
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Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:19 am

Wednesday's rumors: Cespedes, Rollins and more

Valentine's a joke. How does this guy have ANY respect from anyone after the fake mustache thing? 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:08 am

Wednesday's rumors: Cespedes, Rollins and more

What a shame for the Red Sox.  Now the players will have to hustle everything out, something foreign to most of them.  They will  no longer get coupon prices on take out chicken and will have to drink beer in the offseason (see the 50 + lbs of fat gained by the pitching staff this season).  What is the word I am thinking?  Yes, accountability, and another word responsibility, words not associated with this organization lately.  The fireworks could begin before July 4th.  I am sure, as a Red Sox fan, I said far more worse things about their shutdown, juvenile delinquent season.  It was a disgrace to witness.  With the money paid these Primma Donnas, when the real unemployment rate hovers closer to 18%, many of the Red Sox displayed a total lack of discipline, character, and professionalism.

The performance of more than a select few brought on this move.  The players responsible for their total lack of committment to their team mates and the fans who have so whole-heartedly supported this team since 1967, have themselves who warranted this hire.  Unfortunately, I think they will see a more milder Bobby V, but there will be a big welcome change in Boston.  It is time to rid the team of some mal-content, selfish veterans and retool it around the likes of Pedroia, Ellsbury, and Gonzalez.  The rumored potential trade of Matt Garza to Boston would greatly help the rotation.  I wish we got Broxton.  He would have fit in nicely to an abysmal bullpen.  Ben Cherington has a lot on his plate, or should I say Larry Lucchino?

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