Today’s News and Rumors:
- YANKS TRADE MURPHY TO TWINS- In a one-for-one swap, the Yankees have traded catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Twins for Aaron Hicks. A surprsising move for Minnesota considering their up and coming talent, but they apparently feel confident in prospect Byron Buxton to be ready very soon. Also, the deal could mean the Yankees may be listening to offers for Brett Gardner. Joel Sherman from the New York Post reports the Yankees may be in talk with the Mariners involving a Gardner deal.
- WILL THE DODGERS KEEP GREINKE?- Reports out of the LA camp say that the team is prioritizing Zack Greinke over adding David Price. The Dodgers must be considered front-runners, but the San Francisco Giants are interested in Greinke as well, who would more than fill the hole of the now-retired Tim Hudson. Dodgers are also said to be looking at Daniel Murphy (no indication as to whether this interest arose after Murphy torched them in the NLDS).
- RELIEVERS ON THE MARKET- The Red Sox, Tigers and Rangers are all expressing interest in Joakim Soria as a late inning option. The Tigers have also been linked to Padres closer Craig Kimbrel. The Braves may be looking at low cost options such as Jonathan Papelbon or Sean Marshall. Darren O’Day has received many offers, notably from the Dodgers, Red Sox, Tigers, and Giants. Projections are that O’Day will command a 3-year salary in the neighborhood of $22 million.
- CUBS TO BOOST ROTATION?- It is unknown at this time whether the Chicago Cubs plan to be extremely active in the market this offseason, but at the very least, they are giving that impression, as they are set to talk with Zack Greinke, David Price, and Jordan Zimmerman this offseason.