—Plenty of Tigers’ rumblings, including that they are ready to trade outfielder Matt Joyce to the Rays for right-hander Edwin Jackson. They also have made an aggressive bid on free-agent lefty reliever Joe Beimel, kicked the tires on rehabbing John Smoltz as a free agent, and been trying to find a taker for designated hitter Gary Sheffield, with the Rangers showing at least lukewarm interest.
—Free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett has narrowed his choices to the Braves and Yankees.
—The Rockies are interested in reliever Luis Ayala as a free agent.
—The Reds are pursuing a number of free-agent outfielders, including Pat Burrell, Juan Rivera, and Rocco Baldelli.
Wednesday, 5:20 p.m.
—Mark Teixeira has offers from the Orioles, Red Sox, Angels, and Nationals on the free-agent market. There are indications that the Nationals may be offering eight years and $180 million, which could blow even the Red Sox out of the water. The Angels are leaning toward offering free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez a two-year contract worth $50 million if they lose out on Teixeira.
—The Brewers are going to Plan B to beef up their rotation after left-hander CC Sabathia left to sign with the Yankees as a free agent. The Brewers are interested in a pair of Rangers right-handers, Kevin Millwood and Vicente Padilla.
—The Padres and Dodgers are both considering signing free agent Omar Vizquel to play shortstop.
—The Giants have considered making a bid on free-agent pitcher Brad Penny.
—Marlins outfielder Jeremy Hermida is drawing trade interest from the Mariners, Rangers, and Pirates, but no deal appears imminent.
—The Cubs have interest in free-agent catcher Paul Bako to back up Geovany Soto, as their attempt to re-sign Henry Blanco has hit a snag.
—The Athletics would like to sign right-hander Kevin Correia, who was released by the Giants earlier in the offseason.
Wednesday, 3:25 p.m.
—Now that left-hander CC Sabathia is in the fold, the Yankees are coming hard after right-hander A.J. Burnett on the free-agent market and are willing to do whatever it takes to outbid the Braves. The Yankees also remained interested in re-signing left-hander Andy Pettitte and signing right-handers Derek Lowe and Ben Sheets. No, Joe Girardi is not going with an eight-man rotation in 2009, but the Yankees are commited to retooling their starting staff after missing the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.:
—The Braves have stepped up their offer to free-agent pitcher A.J. Burnett, guaranteeing a fifth year on a contract that would be worth at least $80 million.
—The Jake Peavy trade is still in a holding pattern as the Cubs look for someone to take right-hander Jason Marquis, who is owed $9.875 next season, off their hands.
—Free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez is reportedly seeking a five-year contract, and no team is willing to go that long.
—Left-hander Randy Johnson prefers to stay on the West Coast, and the free agent is likely to land with the Giants, Athletics, Dodgers, or Angels.
—The Blue Jays and the Twins are among the teams that have inquired about Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett, but a trade is unlikely. The Blue Jays also have interest in Astros third baseman Ty Wigginton.
—The Cardinals and Mets have inquired about trading for Pirates closer Matt Capps. Meanwhile, Pirates backup catcher Ronny Paulino is becoming a popular figure as the Marlins have interest in him, joining the Red Sox and Orioles.
—The Diamondbacks have become late bidders for free-agent lefty reliever Arthur Lee Rhodes.