Link: Jeter and Yankees are Far Apart


Phillies Interested in Reyes, Takahashi

According to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, The Philadelphia Phillies have shown interest in the 33-year old left-handed reliever, Dennys Reyes

This is the first interest in Reyes we have seen so far this offseason, but he’s not the only one the Phils are interested in. They also are looking at former Mets reliever Hisanori Takahashi to add to their bullpen.
Last season, Reyes appeared in 59 games and posted a 3.55 ERA with a 5.9 K/9 and a 5.0 BB/9.

Souce: Dodgers sign Jon Garland

According to the L.A. Times, the Los Angeles Dodgers added their fifth starter this afternoon with the signing of free-agent RHP Jon Garland.

Last season, the Dodgers struggled to identify their fifth starter almost all year. According to the Times, their set rotation for the spring will be Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilley, Hiroki Kuroda, and Jon Garland
The Dodgers signed him to a one-year option, with a club option for 2012. The option becomes vested if he pitches 190 innings next season.
“We’re very pleased to have Jon [Garland] join this group and give us five, very strong starters going into spring training,” GM Ned Colletti said in a statement. “We saw what Jon was capable of down the stretch in 2009 and again last year within our division. Year after year, he takes the ball 30-plus times and gives his team a chance to win every time out.”
Last year with the San Diego Padres, Garland went 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA and pitched in 200 innings.
…This guy eats up innings every time he’s out on the mound. If he remains healthy, he should 190 innings with no problem…


Twins Win Rights to Negotiate with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

According to Joe Christensen, who covers the Minnesota Twins for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins have won the right to negotiate with Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

Nishioka, 26, hit a Pacific League leading .346 and had 206 hits while scoring 121 runs in 2010 and can play both middle infield positions.

The Jose Reyes Situation

This past weekend, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said that Jose Reyes is available in a trade, but the Mets want a “boat load” in return for him.

Last week on the radio, GM Sandy Alderson said that no player is considered “untouchable,” but he’s less likely to trade David Wright, Jason Bay, and Ike Davis.
From what I heard, the Mets are not aggressively trying to get rid of Reyes but for some reason, Alderson doesn’t see Reyes in his future plans. Maybe he feels that he will leave for another team, but in that case I can understand looking at offers for him. If Alderson is seriously hearing offers for Reyes, we better get some good pitching in return.
Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog made a very interesting point: How many teams need a shortstop and can afford to pay $11 m, knowing he is going to test the market once the season ends? And, of those teams, who is willing to give up a “boat load” for him?