Quick Hits: Diaz, Benoit, Axford, Feldman, Ibanez

Since being ruled ineligible due to providing a false birthdate over the summer, Cuban shortstop prospect Aledmys Diaz has interest from a list of teams including the Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants, Orioles, Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees, agent Jamie Torres tells Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. “There are some very good players out right now and more are coming,” Torres said. “Let’s put it this way: I can predict that a few of the Cuban players that sign between now and Spring Training are going to contribute in the big leagues in the 2014 season and their contribution is going to be significant.”  More from around baseball..

  • Omar Infante has been looking for a four-year deal and is drawing some interest from clubs who see him as a left fielder or third baseman, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Yesterday it was reported that Infante is seeking a deal with an $8MM+ average annual value.
  • Some agents and teams are convinced that the three-year, $30MM deal the Astros gave free agent pitcher Scott Feldman has been a wrench in talks for others since agents feel obligated to also shoot for that type of “lottery ticket” contract, tweets Buster Olney of ESPN.com.
  • Free agent Raul Ibanez is considering offers from multiple contenders, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Earlier today, Stark reported that Ibanez could be headed to the Angels.
  • Mets GM Sandy Alderson says he’ll hold on to Ike Davis if no one comes to the table with a strong enough offer, writes Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “Let me emphasize one thing: We’re not in the business of giving players away,” Alderson said. “We don’t expect to get in that business.”
  • The Tigers are in on Ervin Santana, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (via Twitter). The Twins, meanwhile, aren’t in the mix because of the draft pick compensation tied to him.
  • Agent Scott Boras says he would talk to Orioles owner Peter Angelos about extensions for Matt Wieters and Chris Davis, writes CSNBaltimore.com’s Rich Dubroff.
  • The Twins continue to talk to free agent pitcher Mike Pelfrey, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). It’s unclear whether a deal with Pelfrey would preclude a signing of fellow free agent hurler Bronson Arroyo, but MInnesota has flexibility.
  • One GM tells Peter Gammons of Gammons Daily (Twitter link) that he can’t see Kendrys Morales signing until after the draft.
  • White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn says his team still has several potential options ahead less than 24 hours after acquiring center fielder Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks in a three-team deal, writes Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com. One rival exec believes the White Sox would like to trade outfielder Dayan Viciedo, who is now part of a crowded house with the addition of Eaton. Another baseball source said the White Sox have looked into the possibility of trading away second baseman Gordon Beckham.
  • The free agent market for second basemen seems to be impacted by the availability of Howie Kendrick, Brandon Phillips, and others, tweets Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.


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33 Comments on "Quick Hits: Diaz, Benoit, Axford, Feldman, Ibanez"


Benny
1 year 8 months ago

“Let me emphasize one thing: We’re not in the business of giving players away,” Alderson said. “We don’t expect to get in that business.”

Word!

godzillacub
1 year 8 months ago

He continued: “But we are in the business of paying people past 40 years old many millions of dollars. And, if you ask Colon or Bonilla, business is good.”

Too soon?

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

No DD! Not Santana… too much money for too little consistency. Tho I do assume if they made this type of signing, Max would be on his way out… but still. NO DD

edit, thanks for the info below. Apparently mentionion any form of social media blocks the post til reviewed

Bill Smith
1 year 8 months ago

The tweet has already been deleted, so it may have been a typo, or misinformation.

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

Actually the teewt is still there… the link is broken however…

Bill Smith
1 year 8 months ago

Bah, Ok, I stand corrected…I’m not a tweettery tweeeterer, so I didn’t check there haha.

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

Me either, by Bless You Boys has an article up on it currently and their link works

Bill Smith
1 year 8 months ago

Cool, I’ll have to bookmark their page and visit it more often. I’ve been on there in the past, but not recently. Thanks!

Barry2
1 year 8 months ago

No they wouldn’t trade Max? This season is getting silly for the Tigs.

Jake13
1 year 8 months ago

We lost in the playoffs 3 years in a row, we have to make changes.

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

I think we’ve made some drastic changes. We’ve gone from a team that depends on power (Cabrera, Fielder, Peralta, and to a lesser extent Infante) to a more manufacture runs style team (Kinsler, Davis, Jackson, Hunter, Dirks, Iggy). Not too many base cloggers anymore outside of Cabrera and Vmart… even Avilia has semi-decent speed for a catcher.

weaselpuppy
1 year 8 months ago

please no to Santana….why do that when you had Fister at half his price….Santana is a heartbreaker….one goo dyear and a bunch of underwhelming 35 HR years…urgh

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

Oh, believe me. I’m with you here

Barry2
1 year 8 months ago

Max was not the problem though. He is a shutdown pitcher. We need him. Wait to next year to sign another pitcher.

Jake13
1 year 8 months ago

This core will go down as one of the best to never win it all but our window has passed

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

I think that is a false. I believe we still have 1… maybe 2 more years.

Barry2
1 year 8 months ago

Trading Max now you will have a hard time getting value back. Look at the Fister trade. Max is still worth keeping even for one more year unless DD is blown away with an offer.

Jake13
1 year 8 months ago

This core will go down as one of the best to never win it all but our window has passed

Barry2
1 year 8 months ago

No they wouldn’t trade Max? This season is getting silly for the Tigs.

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

The tweet has already been deleted, I wouldn’t worry.

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

Apparently the word used for sending out a message via a social media site represented by a bird flags your post for review by a mod.. odd

Anyway, as Bill Smith was able to point out in a flagged reply, the message has been deleted. I feel better now

Kevin Chen
1 year 8 months ago

Ike Davis for Tim Beckham?? Anyone see a fit?
Beckham and Davis are both washs up 2008 first round draft picks!
Mets get a shortstop and rays gets someone to replace loney!
Win win both sides!
Maybe the rays add one more prospect because Beckham didn’t prove anything yet!

bighiggy
1 year 8 months ago

Any chicago fans think the whitesox would take lance lynn for beckham?

brian310
1 year 8 months ago

Possibly but I don’t see why the Cards would do it. I can see them being interested in Keppinger though as most of the Cards starting infield is left-handed (Adams, Wong, Carpenter) and Kep has experience at those positions. Kozma can stick on the roster as a late inning replacement for Peralta. Kep also gives them a veteran on the bench. Don’t know if they could get Lynn for him though.

Jake13
1 year 8 months ago

Keppinger would be traded for basically any average prospect offered, he is an alright player but on his contract has no real value

brian310
1 year 8 months ago

True. I think he will bounce back though and hit more towards .280 as the Sox platoon 3B or with another team.

sourbob
1 year 8 months ago

Yeah, I do. Beckham is a talented guy, but much like with Ike Davis in NY, management does believe he can turn it around, but will probably need a change of scenery to do so.

OTOH, I think the Cardinals could do better.

rhubarbsss
1 year 8 months ago

In a heartbeat. That would be a really dumb trade for the Cardinals to make.

bighiggy
1 year 8 months ago

why is that? Lynn has talent but on a team with an over abundance of pitching where he’s really not needed and beckham has shown some promise. point is irrelevant after signing ellis

bighiggy
1 year 8 months ago

Any chicago fans think the whitesox would take lance lynn for beckham?

JacksTigers
1 year 8 months ago

Where is the Benoit link?

Brian Stevenson
1 year 8 months ago

Olney: Astros are tanking! They should be ashamed! Disgrace to baseball!
Astros: Okay, will give Scott Feldman $10 million a year. Considering the market, that’s fair.
Twins: Yeah, we just gave Nolasco way more than that, after all.
Olney: ASTROS ARE RUINING THE WHOLE OFF SEASON!!!!!!

BaMafromLa
1 year 8 months ago

Wait, why trade away Fister if you’re going to get Santana? Wasn’t the point of that deal to cut payroll? It’s not like they got a good return for Fister. If they sign Santana they have to give away a draft pick as well.