Juan Rivera Rumors

Odds and Ends: Redding, Turnbow, Looper

Links for Saturday…

  • RotoAuthority looks at projections for Chris Davis.  35 home runs next year?
  • Bill Madden suggests Paul Kinzer screwed up in both the Rafael Furcal and Francisco Rodriguez negotiations.
  • More details on Dan Johnsonthe Rays are selling him to a Japanese team for $100,000-500,000.
  • Tim Redding‘s agent says "the Mets are very much in the mix" for the righty.
  • Juan C. Rodriguez confirms the Marlins’ interest in Derrick Turnbow, but says they aren’t going after Ray King.
  • The Rockies could pursue Braden Looper.
  • The Orioles have expressed interest in Phillies catcher Chris Coste.
  • New National Josh Willingham likes the Marlins’ young talent.
  • New Phillie Raul Ibanez likes the chances that the Mariners will have a better offense in 2009.
  • The AP has details on the perks in the C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett deals.
  • Ken Davidoff looks at the impact Mark Teixeira‘s decision will have on six teams. Amazing how one deal will shape so many teams’ plans.
  • Buster Olney writes that many players are going to make much less than expected in 2009, including Manny Ramirez.  In that same blog post, Olney notes that his colleague Jerry Crasnick says the Angels’ signing of Juan Rivera takes them out of the market for Manny.
  • The D’Backs’ discussions for Tony Clark are progressing.

Angels Agree To Terms With Juan Rivera

2:44pm: The AP reports Rivera’s three-year deal is worth $12.75MM.  It might turn out OK if Rivera is able to hit .300 to push his OBP to an acceptable range.

FRIDAY, 1:49pm: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says Rivera has agreed to a three-year contract with the Angels.  Three years seems excessive, but we don’t know the money yet.  Does this take the Halos out of the mix for Manny Ramirez?

THURSDAY, 10:37pm: According to Yahoo’s Tim Brown, the Angels are nearing a three-year agreement with free agent outfielder Juan Rivera

Brown says the Halos are pursuing other free agents as well and operating as if Mark Teixeira will sign with the Red Sox.  GM Tony Reagins has talked to the agents for Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell, and Adam Dunn, but not Milton Bradley.  The Angels may also sign a closer, and Brian Fuentes makes sense.

Reds Rumors: Baldelli, Hairston, Bradley, Rivera

The Reds’ search for a right-handed hitting bat continues.  The latest from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

  • GM Walt Jocketty suggested that the positive news regarding Rocco Baldelli‘s condition could change the way the Reds see him.
  • The Reds are waiting to hear back regarding a counterproposal made to Jerry Hairston Jr.
  • The Reds discussed Milton Bradley internally, but haven’t contacted his agent.  In a recent article, Ken Rosenthal named the Cubs, Rays, Reds, Angels, and Nationals as suitors for Bradley.
  • Talks with Juan Rivera are ongoing.

Reds Rumors: Baldelli, Rivera, Burrell

11:46pm: Amusing story from Joe McDonald:

A group of Cincinnati Reds personnel, including manager Dusty Baker, were playing roulette Tuesday night. A member of the contingent yelled "Put it on No. 5 for Rocco Baldelli" and now it appears the Reds are having talks with his agent.

McDonald adds that the Red Sox have apparently stepped back with their interest in Baldelli.  Buster Olney wrote on Monday that he’d be shocked if Boston didn’t sign Baldelli.

9:24pm: According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds talked to the agents for Rocco Baldelli and Juan Rivera (the agents initiated).  Pat Burrell‘s agents also want to meet. Fay says the Reds have at least $10MM to spend.

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Moises Alou‘s agent contacted Walt Jocketty, but the Reds aren’t interested.  Nor are they interested in Garrett Anderson.  Sheldon adds that there’s been "no real activity towards reviving the Jermaine Dye deal."

Manny Ramirez Rumors: Wednesday

10:13pm: According to Ed Price:

The Dodgers have had internal discussions about extending their contract offer to Manny Ramirez to three years.

9:47pm: Dan Graziano’s source suggests "there is a push by some members of the Yankees’ organization to make a play for free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez."

5:02pm: Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times says the Angels are "believed to be considering a two-year offer to Manny Ramirez."  Shaikin adds that Juan Rivera remains on the Halos’ radar.

4:12pm: Jayson Stark talked to a source who said the Angels have zero interest in Manny.

9:59am: Jon Heyman talked to people close to Hank Steinbrenner who say he wants Manny.  Heyman says the Yanks are mulling a run at the slugger.

9:28am: T.J. Simers talked to Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, who said Scott Boras told him four other teams have expressed interest in Manny Ramirez.  Colletti quipped: "That’s good.  I wouldn’t like to see a guy out of work."

Burrell Unlikely To Return To Philly

4:29pm: ESPN’s Jayson Stark says the Phillies will not tread water to see if they get DeRosa from the Cubs.  A friend of Ibanez told Stark the Phils are his first choice, so there seems to be mutual interest.  The problem: the Cubs want Ibanez too and may not be willing to move DeRosa until they get their outfielder.

3:46pm: Pat Burrell‘s agent Ed Hayes would be surprised if his client re-signs with the Phillies, as would most observers.  Todd Zolecki believes the Phils’ top three candidates to replace him in left field are Raul Ibanez, Mark DeRosa, and Juan Rivera.

Rays Rumors: Bradley, Rivera, Griffey

4:44pm: Mike DiGiovanna says the Rays are also believed to be interested in Juan Rivera.

3:14pm: Rosenthal adds that Bradley went to lunch today with Rays officials.

3:12pm: According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Rays are "thought to be considering" Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, and Raul Ibanez.  Heyman adds that Ken Griffey Jr. would be thrilled to play for the Rays.

I imagine the Rays will wait back until January in hopes of signing somebody to a one-year deal.

Crasnick’s Free Agent Bargains

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick lists nine possible free agent bargains in his column today.  A few notes:

  • Randy Johnson is looking for a one-year deal, and his agent says the list of interested clubs is approaching double figures.  The Dodgers may make sense, though Johnson is on the backburner for them.
  • Crasnick speculates that Philadelphia could be a nice fit for Felipe Lopez.
  • Scott Boras seemingly wants a multiyear deal for Joe Crede, as he’s using the Magglio Ordonez contract as a model.  Maybe his new team would have the ability to opt out after the season if Crede hits the DL for back problems again.  Crasnick mentions the Rangers as an interesting fit for Crede.
  • Crasnick talked to execs who see Juan Rivera signing a two-year deal in the $6-8MM range.
  • Also weighing in on free agent bargains: Dave Cameron at FanGraphs and ESPN’s Keith Law.

Angels Hold Off On Teixeira Bid

Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times describes the Angels’ strategy regarding free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.  He says that since Tex will test the open market regardless, the Halos will not make an offer within their exclusive negotiation period.  So much for resolving the situation quickly.

The Angels do not want Scott Boras shopping around their offer to the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, and Nationals and driving up the price.  Just a guess, maybe the Nats consider Josh Willingham their cleanup hitter acquisition and will back out of the Teixeira derby.

DiGiovanna adds that the Angels "plan a serious run" at C.C. Sabathia and could bid on A.J. Burnett.  He also describes their stance on their own free agents aside from Teixeira:

The team will look to re-sign reliever Darren Oliver, is open to retaining closer Francisco Rodriguez and outfielder Juan Rivera, and seems lukewarm to the idea of retaining pitcher Jon Garland and outfielder Garret Anderson.

Odds and Ends: Myers, Crede, Giants

Links for Wednesday…