The latest from ESPN's Buster Olney…
- Some agents are showing renewed aggression, with spring training five weeks away. One executive Olney spoke to noted, "There are some good value buys out there. If you've got some extra cash, there are some good pitchers left." Among free agent starters, I think Bartolo Colon, Jeff Francis, Jon Garland, Rich Harden, Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda, Kevin Millwood, Roy Oswalt, Brad Penny, Joel Pineiro, and Joe Saunders will land big league deals, with a few more in the running.
- The Yankees will determine in the next couple weeks whether to expand their budget. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says they're still talking to Kuroda, Jackson, and Oswalt, but nothing is close.
- The Nationals seek another reliever, and Olney suggests someone in the Todd Coffey mold if not Coffey himself.