Afternoon Hot Stove News
by Matt S.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the “buzz in baseball circles is that it will take north of $50 million” to sign Yoenis Cespedes, and in recent weeks “estimates have drifted considerably higher.”
Initially there were questions about whether Cespedes would get more than the $30.25 million Aroldis Chapman got, but it appears that he’ll blow that figure out of the water. Crasnick also adds that two-thirds of the teams interested in signing Cespedes are projecting him to play center field, while the others are projecting him as a right fielder. The Yankees, Marlins, Cubs, Phillies, Pirates, Orioles, Blue Jays, Indians and Athletics are among the teams that have expressed interest in the 26-year-old Cuban.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are no longer in the running for free agent starter Roy Oswalt.
Renck reported last month that the Rockies were “aggressive” in their pursuit of Oswalt, but now admits that the veteran was “a longshot given the interest by other clubs.” Instead they’ve re-focused their attention to lesser-heralded veterans Kevin Millwood and Jeff Francis.
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the White Sox have been shopping John Danks around in trade talks.
General manager Kenny Williams indicated last month that he would be reluctant to part with Danks, but it was likely just an attempt to bump up the asking price. That price is evidently steep, as a source from another team told Cowley that Williams “asked for everyone on our roster in return” for the left-hander. While an obvious exaggeration, it’s no surprise that Williams would be demanding a lot for the 27-year-old Danks, who is set to make around $7-8 million in his final year of arbitration.
Chavez missed nearly three months of action this season after fracturing his foot and wasn’t terribly productive when healthy, batting just .263/.320/.356 across 175 plate appearances. But, he’s decided to continue playing in 2012 and evidently the Yanks aren’t ruling out a reunion.