Toronto's Justin Speier, one of the most sought-after relievers on the market, has apparently already swooped past the three-year, $12 million contract Bobby Howry signed with the Cubs last winter. The Indians couldn't afford to keep Howry, their last legitimate setup man, which means Speier is already out of reach.
"I think Danys (Baez) would have some interest in coming back to Cleveland," Parker said. "He wants to close and they need a closer."
Other closers on the market are Keith Foulke, Greg Gagne, Dustin Hermanson, Octavio Dotel and Joe Borowski. The only one who ended last season healthy was Borowski, who saved 36 games for Florida and is not expected to rejoin the Marlins.
"We're in on everybody," Shapiro said.
"I'm looking for a multi-year deal," Dellucci said, "and I'm looking for playing time. Those are two very important things."
Dellucci said 11 teams have contacted his agent. Among the suitors are the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and St. Louis Cardinals.
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Who'd have thought one of the most sought-after pitchers in this year's free agent market would be none other than 40-year-old ex-Yank and Met Mike Stanton? But after a renaissance season last year in which he led NL relievers with 82 appearances and had a 2.89 ERA after the All-Star break, Stanton is being pursued with two-year offers by the Tigers, Dodgers, Giants, Mariners, Nationals, Reds and Indians.
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That's what makes this Marlins search for a center fielder (on a tight budget) so tricky.
It's not just a matter of swapping some excess pitching for an emerging outfielder with some speed, some sock and fewer than three years of service time.
The glove and the arm need to be there, too, in order to maximize the benefit of all that young pitching the organization has accumulated.
Lesser options include Chris Denorfia (Reds), Franklin Gutierrez (Indians), David Murphy (Red Sox) and Cory Sullivan (Rockies), although the latter two aren't much against lefties.