Let’s use this post for minor updates on previous rumors we have heard from the winter meetings. Unless something new or substantial comes along, we will continue to update this post the rest of the day.
[Update: 8:18pm] On Jason Giambi and Bobby Abreu
Despite earlier reports that Giambi will sign with the A’s, Marc Topkin is reporting that Giambi met with the Rays Monday night, and has a picture to prove it. Our guess is that Giambi still plans on signing with the A’s, but is keeping all doors open in case the A’s situation falls through. Topkin also reports that the Rays will meet with Bobby Abreu’s agent in the “next 24 hours.”
[Update: 5:03pm] On Rocco Baldelli…
MLB Trade Rumors has a piece that suggests the Red Sox are not sold on signing Baldelli, noting they are worried about needing a fourth outfielder to play long stretches should an injury arise…This certainly makes it more likely that Rocco could return to the Rays in 2009.
On Jason Giambi and Garret Anderson…
John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus is reporting that Giambi is likely to sign with the A’s and that “an announcement could come at the [winter] meetings.”
We heard this morning that Giambi was low on the A’s list of priorities, even though he was telling friends that he would sign with the A’s.
In the same post, Perrotto also says the Rays “have at least some interest in signing” Anderson.
On Delmon Young…
Marc Lancaster spoke with a Rays official who shot down the Rays interest in Young.
Just spoke briefly with a Rays official who was mystified about ESPN’s report of a potential three-way deal among the Rays, Rockies and Twins that would bring Delmon Young back to Tampa Bay and send Andy Sonnanstine or Edwin Jackson to Colorado. The Rays haven’t had talks with either team along those lines, apparently.
Earlier today Jayson Stark reported that the Rays were indeed talking to the Twins about Young. Stark also speculated that the Rockies might make a good third team to get the deal done.
On Milton Bradley…
We updated “The Hangover” earlier, but in case you missed it, Nick Cafardo is reporting that Bradley is “in intense discussions with the Cubs.” We had previously heard that the Rays were the most likely destination for Bradley.