Monday, December 21, 2009

While You Were Drinking...(Weekend Update)

For those of you who missed out on the hot stove this weekend, here's an update:

The Nats are apparently making a "strong run" at starter pitcher/innings eater Jon Garland, according to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter. Rosenthal also identifies Marquis and Doug Davis as others who interest the Nats. Not exactly a coup for the Nats, but one of these free agents, combined with Lannan, Zimmermann, Olsen and Stammen give the Nationals a respectable rotation. Oh yeah, and did I mention Stephen Strasburg?

According to Mark Sheldon, the Reds have agreed to an extension with Scott Rolen, and restructured his contract, which will save them about $5 million in 2010, and will provide a little financial relief for an organization rumored to be talking trades in an effort to cut salary.

Jon Morosi on Twitter, reported that the Cubs asked the Nats about Nyjer Morgan, as the Cubs work to find a new centerfielder. Meanwhile the NY Post, believes the Yankees have inuired about Carlos Zambrano as well as checking into the free agent market, in an effort to fill out their rotation.

It also looks as though the exodus from LA continues. First Figgins, Lackey and now Darren Oliver, have left Anaheim for "greener" pastures. ESPN is reporting that Oliver has signed a one year/$3.5 Million deal. A nice deal, for a quality bullpen arm.

Also ESPN is reporting that the A's are nearing a deal with free agent CF, CoCo Crisp.

And, finally, Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post, talks about the Mets back up left field options should they be unable to sign Jason Bay. He seems to think the team would not turn to Johnny Damon, but rather, may be more interested in Jonny Gomes.

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