Some Late Night Hot Stove
The Yankees have expressed interest in Kyle Drabek, according to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun.
Drabek was a complete disaster in 2011, posting a 6.06 ERA in the majors and a 7.44 ERA at the Triple-A level. It wasn’t too long ago that the 23-year-old right-hander was considered one of the best pitching prospects in the game, so Elliott hears that Yankees’ people are asking questions to both the Blue Jays and Phillies (his original organization) about what may have changed.
Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston confirms that Bobby Valentine will be named the Red Sox next manager.
The Red Sox are expected to make it official on Wednesday. Valentine was offered while he was away on personal business in Japan and immediately accepted. The 61-year-old has a 1117-1072 record (.510) over 15 years of managerial experience in the big leagues between the Rangers and Mets, but has been out of MLB since 2002. While he’ll inherit a very talented team from Terry Francona, his job will be to help the club rebound from one of the worst collapses in baseball history.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, free agent left-hander C.J. Wilson asked the Angels for a $100 million contract.
It’s not clear if the Angels balked at Wilson’s asking price, but most expect the bidding will fall somewhere in the $100 million range. The 30-year-old southpaw visited the Marlins’ new ballpark on Monday and could sign somewhere during the Winter Meetings next week in Dallas.