The Texas right-hander’s bad medicals won’t stop a team from signing him, per reports. Meanwhile, Daniel Nava’s going to chuck switch-hitting.
THe Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers, Giants and Padres are linked in various combinations to James Shields, Yoan Lopez and Dillon Gee.
The Tigers “have to have” their ace, while the Diamondbacks don’t have to have a catcher, and Carlos Peguero doesn’t have to have a clue at the plate to draw suitors.
The Cardinals are rumored to be in on a bunch of big names, while James Shields is rumored to be in on a big contract offer.
The Mets could be set to go with what they’ve got at shortstop, while Ichiro Suzuki could be preparing to answer the age-old question, “what would Ichiro look like in a Marlins uniform?”
Toronto has K-Rod and Japanese veteran shortstop Takashi Toritani on its radar, while Stephen Drew gets a token rumor.
Detroit is comfortable with an in-house solution, the Giants are favorites to land Ben Zobrist (OR ARE THEY!?), and David Price is preparing to headline this space next winter.
The Marlins might find a match between Dan Haren and an outfield-loaded SoCal team, while the two Phillies you’d actually want might not be as available as you’d actually like.
Are market forces causing salaries to go up, or is this just The Human Element?
Also, Nori Aoki is wandering around with no clear direction or intent; the Rockies want pitching, if you can imagine; and the Red Sox are willing to give up Allen Craig, if you can imagine.
The Marlins might try to flip Dan Haren, but options are limited. Also, the Cubs aren’t interested in Colby Rasmus, and Brad Penny is mentioned.
Posting will begin soon for Jung-Ho Kang, Ian Desmond seems intent on testing free agency, and Mike Morse is mentioned for the Marlins.
Why does the value a team places on a draft pick seem to change from situation to situation?
Shields market might start getting busier, while Melky and the Mariners remain 730 days apart.
The Orioles are interested in Cespedes, the Twins are interested in the first name that should probably come to your mind, and the Rule 5 draft’s script is leaking.