With the Major League Baseball (MLB) free agency set to get started on Sunday, there is already a lot of chatter about free agents and possible trades. Lets take a look:
-In a move that should surprise no one, the New York Yankees are expected to deliver their first contract offer to free agent SP Cliff Lee early Sunday in their quest to nab the premier pitcher available. Lee is expected to field offers from the Yankees, Rangers, and Nationals with the first two being the only realistic settings for him.
-The Detroit Tigers have let it be known their desire to sign free agent OF Carl Crawford. The Tigers shed payroll in an effort to be a player on the free agent market and Crawford would fit in well at spacious Comerica Park from a defensive standpoint and he also would be a natural leadoff man for them. The Angels remain the favorites here though.
-The Houston Astros have said they wont bring back free agent 1B Lance Berkman. Berman was traded by the Astros in a cost cutting move at last years All Star break to the Yankees but neither NY or Houston is interested in brining him back. Berkman is expected to land a DH/1B spot in the American League with the Rays a possible landing spot.
-ESPN’s Buster Olney claims that there is almost no chance that San Diego Padres 1B Adrian Gonzalez will be a Padre at the samea point next season so a trade is likely to be in store along with closer Heath Bell. Look for Gonzalez to be dealt around the All Star break however and not anytime soon as the Padres feel they can compete.
-If the unthinkable happens and Yankees SS Derek Jeter doesnt resign with the team, than the San Francisco Giants could be a possible landing spot. There is almost no chance of Jeter going anywhere however.
Stay tuned for more as I will be posting every morsel of information on the free agent market that I can find.