Of course ESPN’s live thread from various writers at the Winter Meetings is a must-read for rumormongers. Here are the highlights:
The Reds have offered a two-year, $6MM deal to Mark Loretta. Where does that leave Brandon Phillips?
Seattle may not be shopping Adrian Beltre or Richie Sexson, after all. In the case of Sexson – why not?
Oakland’s still the favorite for Mike Piazza.
The Rangers still like Kenny Lofton at CF; haven’t heard what the Cubs are thinking lately about Lofton.
The Rockies aren’t left with many options for CF. If they don’t get Lofton, it could be such studs as Darin Erstad or Steve Finley.
The Padres could sign a second baseman like Ron Belliard. They’re also in the mix on Jason Schmidt and still hope to sign Greg Maddux.
The Devil Rays and Barry Bonds? Denied, accoring to Buster Olney. Where would that leave Jonny Gomes?
Possible Barry Zito suitors include the Mets, Rangers, Mariners, and Angels.