With the annual Major League Baseball winter meetings taking place this week in Florida, the hot stove is cranking up.
Monday has already produced numerous updates involving Ohio’s MLB teams, and we have a roundup of Reds and Indians news to keep you up to date.
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— Fox Sports reporter Jon Paul Morosi reports the Indians have talked to representative for Jason Hammel, a RHP who was 15-14 for the Baltimore Orioles the past two seasons with a 4.27 ERA. Per MLBTradeRumors.com, Hammel’s 2013 season was marred by a flexor strain in his right elbow.
— Also in the market for a closer, the Indians have been in touch with 10-year veteran Grant Balfour, a righty who saved 38 games for the Oakland Athletics last season and 24 the year before that.
— Morosi also mentioned the Cleveland as potential landing spot for Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price if he is traded. Qualifying it as speculation, Morosi wrote the Indians could use Carlos Santana to try to acquire Price.
–Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reported the Yankees are listening to offers for center fielder Brett Gardner with the Reds a potential trading partner in a deal that could include pitcher Homer Bailey. Rosenthal notes acquiring Gardner could help the Reds avoid rushing top prospect Billy Hamilton into the everyday lineup, and the team could potentially replace Bailey by re-signing free agent Bronson Arroyo.
— The Reds have a need in the outfield if they are unable to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo, a free agent Rosenthal writes could end up with Texas or Seattle with Detroit also in the mix as a longer shot based on potential asking price.
— As for Arroyo, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported this morning there was “mutual interest” between the durable right-hander and the Pirates, but MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon chimed in this afternoon with an update from Arroyo, who told Sheldon he was unaware of that. Arroyo, who made his MLB debut with Pittsburgh and spent his first three big-league seasons there, told Sheldon the Twins, Phillies and Angels were teams showing the most interest.