Here are a few odds and ends from around the American League East, as per MLB trade rumours:
-MLB executives see Zack Greinke
obtaining a deal of at least six years for as much as $25MM per season, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com
reports. It’s possible the free agent right-hander will obtain a deal worth $150MM and establish a new record for right-handed pitchers. Matt Cain
’s deal, worth a total of $127.5MM for six years, now represents the largest contract obtained by a right-hander, and C.C. Sabathia
’s seven-year, $161MM contract represents the largest deal ever obtained by a pitcher.
QUICK TAKE: It appears the Boston Red Sox are not serious bidders and it will possibly come down to the Los Angeles teams bidding on him. We haven’t heard a single Blue Jays rumour with respect to signing Greinke… Hmm… Just saying.
-MLB officials don’t have a clear sense of where Josh Hamilton
will sign, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney
writes. Hamilton, who is said to be looking for Prince Fielder
money, could end up with the Brewers, Rangers, Red Sox, Mariners or Orioles in the view of Olney’s sources.
QUICK TAKE: It would be nice if Josh Hamilton headed to the National League in terms of Blue Jays implications.
-The Rays have done it again. For the second time in four years, they’ve signed Evan Longoria
to a surprising long-term contract extension that will keep the third baseman in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future. The Rays announced that they extended Longoria for an additional six seasons by guaranteeing three club options on his previous deal and adding $100MM in new money to the contract. Longoria will now earn $136MM from 2013-22 under his contract, which includes a club option for 2023.
-A Major League source confirmed to WEEI’s Rob Bradford
that the two teams have indeed discusseda trade that would center around Lester and Myers. According to Bradford, the talks also included the possibility of Boston sending outfield help to Kansas City with some pitching heading back to the Red Sox. He echoes that nothing is close.
QUICK TAKE: Are the Royals crazy? Trading one of the top prospects in the game for Jon Lester? A pitcher who is clearly on the decline. This must be coming from the Red Sox media because this makes no sense for Kansas City at this point in their development plan.
-The Red Sox, Braves and Giants appear to be looking at Nick Swisher, Heyman reports. The market for Swisher seems strong enough for him to obtain a deal of at least four years and executives see the outfielder signing for $12-14MM per season. The Red Sox like Swisher’s versatility since they have openings at first base and in the outfield. Meanwhile, the Braves and Giants are also looking for corner outfield help.
-New York Yankees are expected to re-sign Canadian backstop Russell Martin.