Finally some interesting stuff happening today. First, word is from Venezuelan reporter Francisco Blavia that we’re on the verge of signing Franklin Gutierrez to a four year deal with a club option for 2014. Guti is arbitration eligible for 3 more seasons, so it would only buy out 1-2 year of free agency – however, guaranteeing a couple more years of Franklin Gutierrez is still great news. Still unofficial, but apparently close.
Edit, 2:06 PM: Ken Rosenthal is reporting it as a done deal
Secondly, a few difference sources have been reporting over the last hour that the Mariners are “close to acquiring Casey Kotchman from the Red Sox, for at least one minor leaguer”. Kotchman is a fairly light-hitting first baseman with a well above-average glove, and looks to be a 1-2 win player next year. In reality, he probably wouldn’t be a huge upgrade over Mike Carp. However, at this point for the Mariners, every added win is a big one. Kotchman is arbitration eligible both this season and in 2011, and will probably be paid somewhere in the $4-5 million range for 2010.
Edit, 3:14 PM: I was speculating earlier on Twitter that Bill Hall made the most sense if there was a “Major League role player” & cash involved, and I was apparently right.