September 22, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners celebrate their 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
As the MLB General Manager meetings continue in Orlando, Fla. today, we here at SodoMojo are staying in top of all the rumors and transactions as they happen.
We will be providing updates with late-breaking news including the announcement of Manager of the Year in both leagues. So, read on, come back and keep checking as we update this blog throughout the day.
4:30 PM: That’s all for the live updates for now. Stay tuned, we will recap any late-breaking news as it happens. Thanks for tuning in.
4:12 PM: According to Jon Morosi, the Tigers are interested in Brian Wilson or as previously reported, Joe Nathan. I had suggested the M’s look at Wilson as he has a strong desire to stay on the west coast. Regardless, I doubt he will go to Detroit. They will end up with Nathan.
4:00 PM: Texas GM Jon Daniels says “We’re not right now looking to give out a big multiyear deal for a starter.” Saying that Tanaka and Matt Garza are not targets. Hear that Mariners?
3:53 PM: Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians wins the AL Manager of the Year.
3:24 PM: Clint Hurdle of the Pirates wins NL Manager of the Year.
2:41 PM: Finally, Jerry Crasnick tweeted the following below, adding that “If what I’ve heard here is accurate, the Mariners’ reported interest in Jacoby Ellsbury has been overblown.”
2:22 PM: Jerry Crasnick hit the web with two updates. First, that the D-Backs hope to be in on the Masahiro Tanaka hunt. And second, that Joe Torre says a vote by the owners on expanded replay is “possible” this week, but would still need approval from player and umpire unions.
1:50 PM: Not really Hot Stove-worthy but worth noting nonetheless. Mark DeRosa has decided to call it a career according to multiple sources. He ends his 16-year career with a .268 batting average, a .751 OPS, 100 home runs, and 494 RBI.
1:08 PM: Interesting tweet from Jon Morosi saying that Yankees GM Brian Cashman is looking to add 400 innings to the rotation. The Yanks want to keep spending lower than their usual levels. I truly believe they feel A-Rod will be off the books. They will re-sign either Cano or Granderson but not both. That leaves going after innings-eaters on the mound, perhaps Bronson Arroyo and/or Masahiro Tanaka.
12:52 PM: It may be lunch time here on the west coast, but in Florida it’s almost 4 pm. I need some more stories people!
12:23 PM: Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies made an offer to C Carlos Ruiz. Joining the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Phillies as interested parties. His agent says they have at least one deal on the table for 2-years and $20M.
11:47 AM: Shannon Drayer tweets that Jhonny Peralta may be on the radar as a recommendation from new Skipper Lloyd McClendon. Also, that the M’s are focusing on Beltran, Morals and Peralta more than Ellsbury.
10:56 AM: Reading reports that the Yankees are interested in Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran as plans 1 and 1A according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. If the Yankees are in the bidding war for Choo, that likely leaves him out of the Mariners focus.
9:45 AM: Sources are telling Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that Braves FS pitcher Tim Hudson may be willing to switch coasts to play for the Giants. The Braves offered him a contract with a “significantly smaller” amount than he earned last sesaon.
9:27 AM: The Rangers have hired Bengie Molina as their first base coach and catching instructor.
8:56 AM: Peter Gammons was on MLB Network’s Hot Stove this morning and indicated teams have contacted the Giants about Pablo Sandoval. He also noted that it’s unlikely that the Marlins will move Giancarlo Stanton this year but will more than likely move him next year.
8:07 AM: According to Ken Rosenthal, the Philadelphia Phillies are close to a 2-year deal ($16 million) for Marlon Byrd.