The Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, Rangers, Rays and Mariners could all be in on a trade for Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (FOX Sports).
Speaking of the Diamondbacks, while they’re aggressively shopping Justin Upton, no team is willing to deal a top shortstop (USA Today). Arizona met with the Mariners on Monday night, possibly to discuss Justin Upton (CBS Sports).
The Yankees are open to trading Curtis Granderson (ESPN).
Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo is drawing interest in the market (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
The Giants have asked about Scott Hairston, Reed Johnson, Andruw Jones, and Ben Francisco (Comcast Sportsnet).
Dexter Fowler is the most coveted player on the Rockies, and his value is rising (Denver Post).
The Mariners have considered acquiring Michael Morse from the Nationals (FOX Sports).
Michael Baron, Contributor
Kubel is a guy I thought the Mets might be interested in this winter, but there’s been very little buzz surrounding the Mets, Diamondbacks, and their outfielders in general. He’s coming off a big year with Arizona after a disappointing 2011 season with the Twins. He saw a resurgence in power in 2012 and also notched 30 doubles, despite striking out only 150 times. He’s not a very good defender. Also, the Mets have said they’re looking for right-handed power this winter and Kubel hits left-handed. He’s under control for $15 million through 2014 (the D-Backs holds a $7.5 million option for him in 2014).
As for Choo, he is represented by Scott Boras, and so he’s destined to hit the open market when he becomes a free agent next winter. He will likely earn around $8 million through arbitration this winter, which isn’t unreasonable him, especially if the Mets clear a pitcher’s salary off the books. But his ability to walk at the end of 2013 – and the fact he’s left-handed – make it very difficult to see how he could fit into Sandy Alderson’s picture.