Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value

Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun (via MLBTR) had an update yesterday on the Toronto Blue Jays’ pursuit of a closer.  Elliot says that the Blue Jays have been “shocked” by the asking prices of free agent closers this off-season.  Alex Anthopoulos said that the club’s greatest surplus was prospects, which Elliot took to mean that trading for a closer would be Toronto’s best option. We saw Jonathan Papelbon...

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Potential Draft Bonus and Compensation Changes

Buster Olney provided several updates on the possible changes that could take place under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which Olney reports is “on the ten-yard line”. -The big issue has been the owners’ demands for hard slotting.  One solution involves bonuses for the top ten rounds.  Teams would have a ceiling based on the slot prices for the first ten rounds of the draft. This wouldn’t restrict a...

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MLB Close to New CBA

Ken Rosenthal reports that Major League Baseball and the player’s union are close to a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, with the two sides reaching a near-agreement on draft related issues, which have been the biggest hurdle so far. Rosenthal mentions that a deal might come today or tomorrow, although he adds that there are still some other issues which could push the deal to later in the week.  Either way, it...

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Ryan Doumit Could Sign a Deal Soon

Jerry Crasnick has an update on Ryan Doumit via Twitter, noting that Doumit could sign a deal in the next few days.  Crasnick noted that Doumit received two more offers today.  He also added that the interest has mostly come from American League teams, although he did receive an offer from an NL team today. Crasnick had an update earlier this week that Doumit was expected to sign before the end of the month.  The other day I explained...

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Pirates Interested in Ramon Santiago

The Pittsburgh Pirates filled their starting catching position with a defensive option in Rod Barajas yesterday.  Could a defensive option at shortstop be next?  Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pirates are interested in former Detroit Tigers shortstop Ramon Santiago.  The Pirates are interested in Santiago as an everyday option, according to Morosi. Santiago is coming off a season where he hit for a .260 average and a .695 OPS.  Over...

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Trade Target — Gavin Floyd

Continuing in our periodic look at potential trade targets that have been reported by other media sources, let’s turn our attention to a recent piece by Ken Rosenthal for Fox Sports. In this post, Rosenthal discusses how the White Sox are receiving a lot of interest on two of their top pitchers — John Danks and Gavin Floyd.

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