The latest hot stove pitching rumors from around MLB


Nov. 15, 8:47 am: The Dodgers want starting pitching on one or two-year deals, and do not want to give up a draft pick this winter (Rosenthal).

Nov. 14, 8:25 pm: The Dodgers are “kicking the tires” on free-agent RHP’s Ervin Santana, Matt Garza, Hiroki Kuroda, Ubaldo Jimenez, Bartolo Colon and Bronson Arroyo (Gurnick).

Nov. 14, 5:31 pm: RHP Ricky Nolasco has received multiple three and four year offers (Passan), but the Twins are making a strong push for his services (Rosenthal).

Nov. 14, 4:20 pm: LHP Ted Lilly intends to make a comeback in 2014 (Nicholson-Smith).

Nov. 14, 12:40 pm: The Rockies would have to pay RHP Brian Wilson closer money to sign him (Renck).

Nov. 14, 12:40 pm: Either the Twins or the Giants could sign Arroyo (Olney).

Nov. 14, 10:34 am: The Royals would like to sign RHP Josh Johnson (Olney).

Michael Baron, Contributor

Johnson’s upside is really enticing, but he probably doesn’t fit what the Mets are trying to do in their rotation this winter, even if he could be had on a short-term deal. I’ve heard they want to sign one reliable, steady arm to also serve as a leader for the rotation, and bring other arms to camp to serve as depth to Jenrry Mejia. Johnson neither fits the profile of a reliable arm, nor does he qualify as a depth option for the rotation.