Here’s the latest from Joel Sherman of The New York Post (links go to Twitter)…
- Andy Pettitte is now represented by Excel Sports after being with the Hendricks Brothers throughout his career. Jim Murray left Hendricks for Excel and will continue to represent the veteran left-hander. Casey Close, who runs Excel’s baseball division, said Pettitte has not yet made a firm decision about pitching next year.
- The Athletics are planning to bottom feed for a shortstop after trading Cliff Pennington and letting Stephen Drew walk. They feel they can find an average producer from the pool of available players.
- The Athletics are telling teams they will keep their outfielders (Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Young, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Seth Smith) and rotate them while not using a traditional DH.
- The Mets are saying they have hardly any money to spend this winter beyond signing David Wright and R.A. Dickey to contract extensions. Perhaps parting ways with Jason Bay will give them some more flexibility.