Latest buzz from MLB's GM meetings

BY foxsports • December 10, 2009

The World Series may still be fresh in your mind, but MLB GMs are already focusing on next season. Thankfully, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are on the ground in Chicago with all the latest gossip and buzz. Note: All times listed are ET.

Monday's buzz


Sherrill for Jackson a possibility? -- 10:33 a.m.

The Dodgers have some interest in Tigers starter Edwin Jackson, who is available. But one source with knowledge of the teams' positions said the sides haven't discussed a trade of Jackson for reliever George Sherrill.

Still, a 1-for-1 trade of those players might ultimately make sense for both clubs.

A big reason: Sherrill ($2.75 million) and Jackson ($2.2 million) earned very similar base salaries in salary arbitration this year. That should be the case again in 2010, which would enable the cash to balance easily.

The Dodgers need a reasonably low-cost starter such as Jackson. The Tigers would like to acquire a late-inning reliever to offset the potential free-agent departures of Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon.

Detroit had interest in Sherrill as a trade candidate when he was pitching for the Orioles.

Mariners looking to keep ace, add vets? -- 10:25 a.m.

One agent who spoke with Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik this week came away convinced that Seattle will try to add veteran talent this winter -- rather than move star pitcher Felix Hernandez.

In fact, a starting pitcher is on the Mariners' wish list.

"Jack wants to win," the agent said.

Sources: Phils looking at reliever Rodney -- 2:03 a.m.

The Phillies, looking to upgrade their bullpen, are showing preliminary interest in free-agent right-hander Fernando Rodney, according to major-league sources.

Rodney, 32, converted 37 of 38 save chances with the Tigers last season, albeit with a 4.40 ERA. He would give the Phillies an alternative to closer Brad Lidge, who led the majors with 11 blown saves and had a 7.21 ERA.

Tigers general manager David Dombrowski acknowledged Tuesday that he is not optimistic he can sign both of his free-agent relievers, Rodney and right-hander Brandon Lyon. Of the two, Lyon figures to be less expensive.

Rodney, as a Type B free agent, is certain to draw heavy interest from a large number of clubs, including perhaps two others in the NL East, the Mets and Braves. The Phillies, dealing with budgetary concerns, might opt for less expensive options.

Teams can sign a Type B free agent without losing a draft pick.

Sources: Angels still in Lackey hunt — 1:45 a.m.

Don't rule the Angels out of the John Lackey sweepstakes just yet.

The Angels remain interested in re-signing their free-agent right- hander, according to major-league sources. Full story ...

Cubs nearing deal with LHP Grabow — 1:00 a.m.

The Cubs are making progress on a deal with left-handed reliever John Grabow, one source said tonight.

The deal could be for two years, the source said.

Grabow, a free agent, came to the Cubs in a midseason trade with the Pirates.


Treanor planning to play in '10 — 10:57 p.m.

Catcher Matt Treanor, who missed nearly all season after hip and pelvic surgeries, intends to play in 2010.

He's scheduled to play for Licey in the Dominican Winter League, according to Joel Wolfe, one of his representatives.

"He's going to go to the Dominican and show that he's healthy," Wolfe said.

The Tigers removed Treanor from their roster last week, making him a free agent.

Giants GM expands on team's offensive desires — 10:54 p.m.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean was looking for offense at the trade deadline.

And he's still searching for it now.

"We're going to need one or two legitimate hitters who are definitive upgrades," he said.

Key to the Giants' plans is that slugger Pablo Sandoval can play either first or third base. His defensive position in 2010 could be determined by where the best available upgrade is.

"He's about average at both positions," Sabean said.

San Francisco has previously shown interest in Florida second baseman Dan Uggla, who some believe could play third.

Twins not opposed to adding a veteran arm — 8:30 p.m.

Twins general manager Bill Smith doesn't feel like he needs to add a starting pitcher this offseason.

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