Jason Jennings Rumors

Rangers Hot Stove Update: Jennings, Sheets

Jeff Wilson, writing for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has a few more updates on the Rangers’ hot stove situation:

  • Jason Jennings is still on the team’s radar.  His agent and GM Jon Daniels had multiple conversations last week.  Jennings, 30, struggled last season before undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon.  He should be ready for spring training and is likely to come cheap.
  • The lines of communication remain open with free agent Ben Sheets, but there hasn’t been much progress.  Wilson believes that might change now that the Mets have agreed to a deal with Oliver Perez.

Diamondbacks, Rangers Interested In Jennings

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Diamondbacks have interest in free agent right-hander Jason Jennings.

The D-Backs have an offer out to Braden Looper, but if that falls through Jennings could be next on the list.  Jennings last pitched effectively in 2006, when he finished 9-13 with a 3.78 ERA.  He lasted just 27 1/3 innings last season.  Renck claims the Rangers have also expressed serious interest.

Jon Garland Rejects Offer From D’Backs

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, starter Jon Garland rejected a contract offer from the Diamondbacks.  The offer is unknown, but Piecoro believes the D’Backs have about $4MM left to spend this winter.

Pedro Martinez, Ben Sheets, and Jason Jennings are also on the radar.  Piecoro figures Braden Looper would make sense based on his similarity to Garland.

D’Backs Rotation Plans

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the D’Backs plan on going after many free agent starters in hopes that one of them will sign at an affordable rate. Arizona appears to have $4-5MM to spend on an arm.

The club has traditionally avoided incentive-based deals because they bring financial uncertainty, but Piecoro sees "indications the team might be willing to relax its policy." Piecoro names Ben Sheets, Pedro Martinez and Jason Jennings as possible fits for the club, but those pitchers are considered health risks, so incentive-based deals could work for them.

To Sheets’s credit, he did make 31 starts last year, so he’s likely to get much stronger offers than the other two.

Renck On Redding, Fogg, Jennings

Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post weighs in on various free agent pitchers.

  • The Rockies are a long shot for Tim Redding following their Jason Marquis acquisition.  The Mets and Orioles still like him; he may command $2.5-3MM.
  • Josh Fogg would like to return to Colorado, but has drawn interest from other teams as well.
  • The Rangers and D’Backs are interested in Jason Jennings.  Jennings missed most of the season after signing with Texas for $4MM.  He had surgery in May to repair a torn flexor tendon in his forearm.
  • The Mets are one team with an eye on outfielder Cory Sullivan.

Sheets Meets With Yankees, Rangers

9:24pm: The Rangers met with Sheets and his agent, according to T.R. Sullivan.  Jon Daniels said not to read too much into it.

7:13pm: Per Sherman, the Yanks met with Sheets today.

6:30pm: Free agent hurler Ben Sheets arrived in Vegas this afternoon, according to Ken Rosenthal.  Sheets wouldn’t comment much on the Yankees, but said he wouldn’t burn the bridge leading to a possible Milwaukee return.

MLB.com reports that the Rangers would like to chat with Sheets this week (he currently lives in Dallas).  They’d have to free up some cash to sign him.  Jon Daniels was already planning on meeting with Sheets’ agent Casey Close in regards to Jason Jennings.

Rangers Offer Arb To Bradley

11:55pm: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the Rangers have interest in re-signing Bradley to a one or two-year deal, but GM Jon Daniels expects him to explore the market.  Grant adds that the Rangers have interest in re-signing starter Jason Jennings to a minor league deal.  The interest is known to be mutual; Jennings had elbow surgery in May.

10:05pm: According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers offered arbitration to Type B free agent Milton Bradley.  It was an easy decision given his .436 OBP and .563 SLG this year.  Jon Heyman wrote about a month ago that Bradley hopes to find a four-year deal worth more than $10MM per.

Rangers Sign Jason Jennings

UPDATE, 1-16-08 at 10:39pm: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rangers have reached an agreement with Jennings for one year and $4MM.  Another $4MM is possible in incentives.  I like the price, and I wonder if this was one of those hometown discount situations.

FROM 1-11-08 at 12:09am:

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers "appear to be closing in on" a deal with Jason Jennings.  Grant says the last hurdle before a deal is struck with the 29 year-old might be a physical.  Terms are not yet known.  The Dallas native earned $5.5MM in 2007.

Jennings had surgery in late August to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow.  He expects to be throwing by March 1st.   

Odds and Ends: Stewart, Shelton, LaRoche

Today’s smattering of random rumors and links.  Question for you readers: how do you feel about the Odds and Ends posts in general?  Interesting?  Lame?  Do you skip them, or are they worthwhile?

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