One Stop Rumor Shop: Speculation Swirling At GM Meetings In Orlando

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
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Domonic Brown

It sure didn’t take long for the rumors and false reports to start swirling at the GM Meetings in Orlando. Some huge names and potential deals have spiralled out of Orlando and into the social media abyss making it a speculation haven on-line.

Lets start with the big one reported or fabricated by Howard Eskin of Fox 29 who tweeted that the Philadelphia Phillies were poised to package Domonic Brown to the Toronto Blue Jays for slugger Jose Bautista. The most humorous part of the rumor is Eskin misspelled Bautista’s name in his tweets. If nothing else Eskin is boosting the trade value of Brown by having his name mentioned in the same breath as a guy who bombed 152 homers in the past 4 seasons combined.

Eskin then tweeted today that the Blue Jays had made a 2-year offer to Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. This would make more sense than the Bautista rumor seeing the Blue Jays are looking to upgrade behind the dish. There were earlier reports today that there has been some interest in J.P. Arencibia from rival general managers. The Colorado Rockies were said to have made a 2-year $15 million dollar offer to Ruiz with a mystery team offering 2-years at $20 million.

The Texas Rangers are reportedly hot and heavy for catcher Brian McCann making every attempt to sign and probably overpay for the veteran backstop.

The Seattle Mariners are in search of some big lumber with Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran, Nelson Cruz and even Matt Kemp being named as potential options for the Mariners.

The Baltimore Orioles are apparently willing to move catcher Matt Wieters for the right price are perhaps looking to capitalize on teams who don’t land any of the big catching free agents. The Orioles were also said to have offered J.J. Hardy to shore up the St.Louis Cardinals shortstop woes in exchange for hurler Shelby Miller. The Cardinals apparently spurned the offer and are going in another direction. The St.Louis Cardinals were also rumored to be pressing the Rockies for shortstop and often injured Troy Tulowitzki.

The New York Yankees are looking to add 400 innings to their rotation with the likes of Masahiro Tanaka at the top of their wish list. Brian Cashman also has gone on record to state that Robinson Cano will likely end up with the team that offers him the most money.  Cashman was quoted saying the following:

[quote]“He loves the money, but I think we’ll have a substantial offer, Somebody might come in and have a much more substantial offer. It’s just the way it works.”[/quote]

The Detroit Tigers are said to be circling relievers Brian Wilson and Joe Nathan in hopes of solidifying their bullpen.

The Philadelphia Phillies bagged a Byrd yesterday now we have to sit back and see where the rest of the chips fall. It is going to be an interesting winter with an extraordinary amount of big superstars in play.





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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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