Tuesday, December 24, 2013

'Twas the Day Before Christmas...

  • According to several hot stove sources, the Mets want Nick Kingham for Ike Davis, and the Bucs won't go for that according to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects and others...not now, anyway.John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times thinks Andrew Lambo could be the answer.
  • Cliff Corcoran of SI's Strike Zone considers Edison Volquez's signing with the Bucs (and Garrett Jones' deal with the Marlins) to be among the off-season's better under the radar moves. 
  • Charlie Wilmoth of MLB Trade Rumors notes that "None of the top dozen free agents have signed with NL teams." 
  • J Pankowski of Yardbarker rates AJ Burnett as the top free agent left on the market.
  • Gregory Polanco had a pretty nice winter season batting third in the Dominican League for Leones del Escogido. His line was .331/.428/.494 with five homers, 28 runs, 28 RBI and seven stolen sacks in eight tries. He finished second in the batting title race. Polanco won the MVP and RoY awards, and begins the playoffs this weekend.
  • A Cutch foul ball led to a new Bucco fan in a round-about way, according to USA Today's Nate Scott. 
  • Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweeted that RHP Ryan Reid, recently designated by the Bucs, was claimed by the Mets. He added that OF Jerry Sands, DFA'ed at the same time, was claimed by Tampa.
  • Ex-Bucs on the move: C Chris Snyder signed with the Nats, 2B Ivan DeJesus with the Orioles, and RHP Romulo Sanchez joined up with the Dodgers via minor league contracts. IF Yamaico Navarro went to the Yankees, and may be on his way to Korea. 1B Lyle Overbay's market is lukewarm right now and he'll likely be a January tack-on for someone, according to Nick Cafarda of the Boston Globe.

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