Some Movement... But Not on Teixeira
Things are happening here at the winter meetings, but not on the front all of us are watching closest.
*The Mets have all but wrapped up their deal for closer Francisco Rodriguez. The contract will be for three years and around $37 million, with a vesting option based on appearances that could kick it past $50 million.
*There is rumbling that the Giants are preparing to enter the CC Sabathia sweepstakes, which could set up a fascinating dynamic: How close to the Yankees' offer (six years, $140 million) would the Giants have to get to land Sabathia? Clearly, Sabathia, a Bay Area native, would love the opportunity to pitch in his backyard. But would he leave, say, $40 million on the table to do so? Would you?
*The Orioles are believed to be close to completing a trade with the Reds that would send catcher Ramon Hernandez.to Cincinnati and bring super-utility man Ryan Freel to Baltimore. This would open the door for the Orioles to give the catcher's job to uber-prospect Matt Wieters, although they might still sign a low-cost veteran to split time with the kid.
*The Red Sox are making a big push for right-hander A.J. Burnett.
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