Luis Vizcaino Rumors
Here are today's random rumor tidbits.
- The Rox are interested in Marcus Giles for their second base opening. Giles was awful last year, they should just try something internal. Other Rockies notes: contracts with Kip Wells and Luis Vizcaino aren't quite finalized, and they may ink Victor Zambrano to a minor league deal. UPDATE: Wells, plus Mark Redman, are done deals.
- The Pirates still have their eye on Shawn Chacon and Chad Durbin. That''ll put butts in the seats. Also, Jake of Bucco Blog weighs in on a new Pirates hire.
- Speaking of Durbin, did he comment on this blog and suggest he's headed to the NL? I'm not sure.
- Drays Bay talked to Gerry Hunsicker. Seth Speaks talked to Pat Neshek.
- New prize added to our Hot Stove Hysteria contest - three months free of Scout.com access.
- Things are mostly quiet with the Brewers, but this Tom Haudricourt blog post notes tepid discussions for Scott Rolen, Hank Blalock, and Andre Ethier.
UPDATE, 12-14-07 at 10:16pm: Tracy Ringolsby reported (several hours ago actually) that the Rockies have an agreement with the Viz.
UPDATE, 12-14-07 at 9:41pm: Here we go...MLB.com's Thomas Harding says Vizcaino is close with the Rox.
UPDATE, 12-14-07 at 3:21pm: Definitely not the Brewers, we know that much.
UPDATE, 12-14-07 at 2:30pm: Readers are emailing in that WFAN is reporting the Rockies signed Vizcaino.
FROM 12-14-07 at 2:11pm:
Per Peter Abraham, Luis Vizcaino signed somewhere in the NL. Brewers, Rockies? Not sure yet. The URL string, though, says Milwaukee. The deal was for two years and $7MM despite the talk about Vizcaino looking for Linebrink money.
Dejan Kovacevic says the Bucs fell "just short" of getting free agent reliever Luis Vizcaino. That may mean the Rockies, the other team pursuing him, reached an agreement. We'll have to see if the Rockies beat writers check in soon. Vizcaino had been looking for a three or four-year deal.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Luis Vizcaino is close to signing a multi-year deal with either the Pirates or the Rockies. The righty reliever rejected arbitration the Yankees offer of arbitration.
I'm not quite sure why the Pirates are looking to sign a middle reliever to a multi-year deal. He makes far more sense for the Rox, who figure to contend next year. They're looking to replace LaTroy Hawkins, and could probably get similar production from The Viz.
After posting ERAs under 4.00 from 2004 through 2006, Vizcaino topped that threshold this year. While he was solid for three months of the season, he was absolutely atrocious for the other three.
According to Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News, the Rockies are "working toward finalizing a deal" with Kip Wells. Ringolsby says Wells could give the Rockies flexibility, acting as the fifth starter or a reliever as needed. I imagine he's looking for $3MM or so one a one-year deal.
Ringolsby adds that the Rockies are targeting Luis Vizcaino and seem willing to go to two years on him. Vizcaino's agent, Bean Stringfellow, indicated recently that the Viz was looking for three or four.
With LaTroy Hawkins out of the picture, the Rockies have turned their attention to Shawn Chacon, Luis Vizcaino, and Kip Wells.
The Rockies could offer Chacon familiarity and a one-year deal. They wouldn't offer him a chance to start, which he might get elsewhere. It's been said he seeks three years. Matthew Cerrone says the Mets, Tigers, Astros, and Brewers have expressed interest in the 30 year-old.
Vizcaino is looking for Linebrink money, which doesn't seem like something the Rox would do. Well is trying to reinvent himself as a setup man, and a one-year, $2.5MM deal could be an interesting bargain play.
UPDATE, 12-10-07 at 8:41am: It's a done deal, pending a physical. Having watched LaTroy implode firsthand as the Cubs' closer, I'm skeptical as to whether he can succeed in New York. But the risk is low.
FROM 12-9-07 at 3:27pm:
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees are close with LaTroy Hawkins on a one-year deal worth $3.75 million. If this proves true, the Yankees will have beat out the Rockies and Rangers for Hawkins. The signing comes as rather strange, being a one-year deal for a soon-to-be 35-year-old.
After a couple of stellar years with the Twins and the Cubs, Hawkins has been average in terms of ERA. He had a decent season last year, posting a 3.42 ERA in 55.1 innings, though he struck out only a batter every other inning, give or take. He did keep his walks low.
Apparently, the Yankees liked the idea of Hawkins on a one-year deal, rather than Luis Vizcaino for three or four. Vizcaino had a solid three months for the Yankees in 2007, but also had three months where he got beat around pretty bad.
After missing out on Hawkins, the Rockies are reportedly looking at Vizcaino.
It's well-known the Yankees want to improve their bullpen. There's been talk of converting young minor league starters into relief for 2008. Otherwise, who's on the radar?
- A reliever could be acquired for Hideki Matsui - Tyler Kepner suggests Jonathan Sanchez or Kevin Correia. Brad Hennessey is another possibility.
- Kepner says the Yanks checked in on LaTroy Hawkins, Ron Mahay, and Trever Miller but haven't made offers. However, Mark Feinsand says the Yanks are talking to Hawkins about a one-year deal worth between $3.25-3.5MM.
- Luis Vizcaino is probably out of the picture. George King adds Jeremy Affeldt to the list of free agents the Yanks are checking out.
- Peter Abraham says the Yanks are competing with the Royals for Mahay and that it might take three years, $9MM. Pete Caldera recently said Mahay wants three years and $12MM though. Bob Dutton notes that it's Mahay's agents pushing the Royals; they have little interest.
- Rob Biertempfel says the Yankees and Astros have interest in acquiring Damaso Marte from the Bucs. George King says John Grabow interests the Yanks as well.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman contacted the agents for free agent relievers Ron Mahay and Luis Vizcaino today. It's possible he'll make an offer to Mahay soon.
Mahay is said to be after a three year, $12MM deal, probably the top of the Yankees' price range for him. Here's a summary of the other teams pursuing him.
The Viz might look at the Scott Linebrink signing and demand something near four years, $19MM. The only other team I can find linked to Vizcaino is the Rangers.
Newsday's Kat O'Brien checks in with a couple of new Yankees tidbits not related to Johan.
- O'Brien spoke to the man himself, Bean Stringfellow. Bean says Luis Vizcaino is looking for Linebrink money. So, the fact that he "likes New York" isn't going to matter much. The Yanks may pass, but the Viz is talking to the Mets, White Sox, Royals, and Dodgers. If the Viz returned to the White Sox at 4/19...that would be just wrong.
- Chien-Ming Wang's agent, Alan Nero, wanted to talk to the Yankees about a long-term deal for him. The discussion ended when the Yankees requested that Nero make the first move.
- That reminds me of when Homer Simpson went to Mr. Burns' mansion in possession of Burns' childhood teddy bear, repeating to himself that he will reject Burns' first offer no matter what. Burns: May I offer you a drink? Homer: Sorry Burns, no deal. [takes the bear and leaves].