East Notes: A-Rod, Hawkins, Nationals, McLouth

Yesterday, lawyers for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez were barred from holding a news conference with a person they described as a "major league baseball whistleblower" when the commissioner's office obtained an order from the arbitrator hearing the case, according to the Associated Press.  As A-Rod takes care of his own offseason housekeeping, let's take a look at the latest from the AL and NL East..

  • Mets closer LaTroy Hawkins will most likely see what's out there on the open market and won't agree to a new deal in Queens before that, a source tells Marc Carig of Newsday.  However, there is certainly mutual interest in a return.  Hawkins, 40, posted a 2.93 ERA with 7.0 K/9 and 1.3 BB/9 in 70.2 innings of work last season.
  • James Wagner of the Washington Post conducted a Q&A with questions from Nationals fans regarding the offseason.  One of the topics brought up was the club's need for better left-handed pitching out of the bullpen.  Wagner cites free agent candidates such as ex-Nat J.P. Howell, Oliver Perez, Boone Logan, Eric O’Flaherty, and Michael Gonzalez, who is coming off of a tough year in Milwaukee.
  • There's no better candidate for the Orioles' left field job than Nate McLouth, opines Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.  The veteran, who signed a one-year, $2MM pact with the O's last offseason, could be in line for a two-year, $10MM deal, according to Tim Dierkes.  That price is likely too rich for Baltimore's blood.
  • Rodriguez's camp has also flatly denied that the third baseman has used PEDs, writes Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

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