With the Winter Meetings set to begin Monday in Nashville, there will be no shortage of rumours from around the world of Major League Baseball. With free agents B.J. Upton (Braves), Torii Hunter (Tigers), Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays), Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), and Russell Martin (Pirates) off the board, Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke are set to take centre stage at the Opryland Resort and Convention Centre, in hopes of landing contracts well in excess of $100 million.
With the New York Mets set to officially announce the contract extension to third baseman David Wright this week, Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey will surely be a name we hear a lot of. Contract talks with Dickey and the Mets have reportedly not gone well, and after 40-year-old Andy Pettitte signed for one year and $12 million with the Yankees this week, Dickey’s representatives most likely changed their tune on a dollar figure, which was rumoured to be close to $30 million over two years.
If a deal can’t be reached, as many as six or seven teams would be interested in acquiring the 38-year-old knuckleballer. Jon Heyman listed the Royals and Blue Jays as possible matches, with Heyman mentioning J.P. Arencibia, Anthony Gose and Royals top prospect Wil Myers as players the Mets may have interest in.
The Texas Rangers have also been a team that has shown interest in the right-hander, according to MLB.com. Dickey pitched for the Rangers from 2001-2006 and was a first round selection of the team back in 1996.
Wow! RT @jonmorosi: R.A. Dickey was on move last time winter meetings were in Nashville – as Rule 5 pick from Twins to Mariners for $50,000.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2012
And now for more rumours from around the league:
The Texas Rangers have met with Zack Greinke. [CBSSports.com]
Ichiro’s agent Tony Attanasio said that his client is talking to ‘multiple clubs’. [New York Post]
The San Diego Padres have interest in acquiring Cleveland Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
The Philadelphia Phillies have checked in with free agent Chone Figgins, who was released last week by the Seattle Mariners. [Twitter]
The Cleveland Indians expect to be busy at the Winter Meetings, and have interest in free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson. They have also kept in contact with Kevin Youkilis this off-season. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
The Cincinnati Reds have talked with the agents for free agent outfielders Shane Victorino and Angel Pagan. [Cincinnati Enquirer]
After dealing Denard Span to the Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he’s willing to listen to trades on any of his players. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
The New York Yankees are searching to fill holes at catcher and right field. [New York Post]
Free agent Adam LaRoche hopes to remain with the Nationals. [MLB.com]
The Detroit Tigers will pursue Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera during the meetings. [Detroit Free Press]