MMO Hot Stove Report – Jan. 3

An article by posted on January 3, 2012

Despite the Mets not doing anything in the past few weeks despite large pushes from almost every division rival, there is still hope – as the rays of sunshine and blue skies of Spring Training are right around the corner!

Here is everything you need to know in the baseball world:

RUMORS:

The Orioles are looking to bolster their rotation, and have interest in free agent starters Edwin Jackson, Paul Maholm and Wei-Yin Chen.

Only Coco Crisp knows where he will be playing next season. Which team do you think the outfielder will be roaming the field for?

The Nationals have seemingly become the favorites to land 1B Prince Fielder.

While the team may have just traded for Jason Frasor, it doesn’t seem likely the Blue Jays will continue their trading ways and acquire Matt Garza.

Despite having a boatload of catchers, the Red Sox are looking into brining back long-time captain Jason Varitek.

Across the river, the Yankees are on the hunt for a No. 2 starter. Jon Heyman suggests the market may ultimately boil down to a choice between Matt Garza and Edwin Jackson.

Edwin Jackson is looking for quite a bit of money, Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork says.

Meanwhile, down south, the Braves still have “some” interest in outfielder Cody Ross.

It looks like Hanley Ramierez has gotten over the fact that he will have to change positions next year, an Associated Press report says.

NEWS:

The Indians signed reliever Robinson Tejeda to a minor league deal, adding to their non-roster invitees list which includes names such as Andy LaRoche, Jose Lopez and Feliz Pie.

The Yankees are in the midst of negotiating with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, whom they are able to talk with for another three days.

Big time closer Andrew Bailey is swapping coasts, as the Red Sox have acquired him for outfielder Josh Reddick and two prospects. The Sox also scooped up outfielder Ryan Sweeney in the deal.

T.R. Sullivan reported that former Met Darren Oliver will continue his career, this time heading north to pitch for the Blue Jays after signing a one year deal with a club option for 2013.

The Padres went out and practically stole OF Carlos Quentin from the White Sox in exchange for pitching prospects Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez.

Once highly touted prospect Lastings Milledge will look to resurrect any semblance of a career by playing with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He signed for $570 thousand and a club option for 2013.

The Nationals will have super-utility man Mark DeRosa filling in for them this season, having signed him to a one-year contract.

Starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine signed a non-guaranteed split contract with the Cubs for the 2012 season.

Left-hander Hideki Okajima signed a minor league contract with the Yankees with an invite to spring training.

Former Met utilityman Melvin Mora decided to end his career. He finishes his 13-season-long career with 171 home runs, 1503 hits and a .277 average.

The Blue Jays re-acquired reliever Jason Frasor from the White Sox in exchange for prospects Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb – both of whom did not rank among John Sickels list of the top 25 Blue Jays prospects.

METS:

The Mets signed middle infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract, who should compete for a backup role come Spring Training. While only going 1 for 22 in 11 games for the Rangers last season, Quintanilla hit .298 with 25 RBIs in 208 at bats for AAA Round Rock.

Former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson is expected to be hired by the Orioles. Maybe he can fix Jeremy Guthrie in 15 minutes?

The Mets, among other teams, have interest in recently non-tendered infielder Ryan Theriot.

Speaking of middle infielders, the Mets are among other teams who are shopping for a middle infielder. Other names still available include Edgar Renteria, Jack Wilson, Ronny Cedeno and Aaron Miles. Though, we know that Omar Visquel does not want to join the Mets.

John Sickels posted his top 20 Mets prospect list for 2012. Topping the list are Alderson’s saviors: Matt Harvery, Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Familia.

R.A. Dickey is on his way to the Mt. Kilimanjaro, despite apparent Mets’ objections. Good luck up there R.A!

Everyone can rest easy and collectively roll their eyes knowing David Wright won’t be heading to Philly next season.

In what quite honestly might be the most exciting Mets-news this week, “The Boss” might make an appearance at Citi Field next season.

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