The Mets, Mariners, Rangers and possibly the Phillies are among teams showing interest in free-agent OF Nelson Cruz (Heyman), who is asking for a four-year, $75 million contract (Heyman).
The Twins signed RHP Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal (Neal). There had been a report indicating the Mets liked Hughes more than free-agent starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo.
The Mets are expected to soon meet with Arroyo, who has up to seven teams showing early interest in his services.
Sandy Alderson is looking more at second- and third-tier free agents (Olney). He’s also been focused on acquiring a power bat by trade, but he doesn’t want to give up any of his prized young pitching, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.
The Mets are no longer interested in free-agent SS Rafael Furcal (Sherman). They were more interested in him when free agency started in October.
The Mets will keep an eye on White Sox C Tyler Flowers, who could be non-tendered this week (Puma).
There is mutual interest between the Brewers and free-agent 1B-OF Corey Hart, but Milwaukee isn’t interested in giving him a long-term deal (Cafardo).
Robinson Cano is seeking a nine-year, $250-260 million deal from the Yankees (Olney), but the two sides are still $80 million apart (Olney).
The Rays are turning their attention to finding a first baseman (Topkin), and Michael Baron explains why they should contact the Mets.