Nationals, Orioles Enter Free Agent Fray
It took two days, but the Nationals and Orioles finally seem to be entering the transactional white noise emanating from the GM meetings in Dana Point, Calif.
According to both SI.com's Jon Heyman and MLB.com's Bill Ladson, the Nationals hope to surprise this offseason by signing legitimate stars. Both writers say the Nats are focusing on a clean-up hitter, with Mark Teixeira their top choice. Naturally, Teixeira's price tag may eventually prove prohibitive, but that may just push them down to the next tier of big sticks, with Prince Fielder and Adam Dunn serious possibilities.
Just as tantalizing for Nationals fans is the prospect of Matt Holliday, whom the Nats have reportedly discussed with the Rockies more than once. The Rockies are likely to look for middle infield help -- that's one area where the Nats have plenty of prospects -- and pitching. Hard to think of which pitchers Washington could cobble together to make an offer come together, but if they could come up with any that would be a fit for Coors Field, that'd seem like a deal to pull the trigger on immediately, right? Or would the Nats require a window for contract extension talks? Funny how having Scott Boras as an agent complicates things, isn't it.
The Orioles are starting to make some noise as well, with the San Diego Union Tribune reporting that they're still interested in Padres shortstop Khalil Greene. So are the Reds Tigers and, as of last night, the Blue Jays, though both the Red Sox and Padres put the kaibash on the rumored "Coco Crisp for Khalil Greene" talk from Monday.
Still, the news wasn't all local on Tuesday. Here's some of the other notable names making news:
-- Jake Peavy's name keeps coming up more than any other, and on Tuesday Padres GM Kevin Towers said the team had narrowed down potential trading partners to three NL teams. Those teams are believed to be the Braves, Cubs and Dodgers, with Towers noting that talks were "down the road" with two of those teams (most likely the Cubs and Braves).
-- More bad news for Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter: He underwent nerve surgery on Monday, the latest setback in a string on elbow problems for the once dominant starter.
-- The Yankees officially declined the 2009 options on first baseman Jason Giambi and pitcher Carl Pavano, electing to pay their buyout clauses instead. There's been some rumbling that the Yankees could actually sign Pavano again, in a sort of make-good deal for his horrendous hirst run with the team.
-- Toronto pitcher A.J. Burnett told the Blue Jays he'd opt out of his contract, though talks are expected to continue on a potential new deal with the Canadian club.
-- The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales is reporting that White Sox infielder Juan Uribe is drawing interest from the Giants.
November 5, 2008; 9:35 AM ET
Categories: Blue Jays , Braves , Cardinals , Cubs , Giants , Nationals , Orioles , Padres , Yankees
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