Hot Stove Roundup: Cabrera, Rodney, Orioles, Pirates
- Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that the Phillies reportedly have interest in Fernando Rodney,but he might not be an option since he will want to close. In a related story, Brad Lidge “should be ready at or near the very beginning of spring training” following elbow surgery,says his agent Rex Gary.
- Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that the Pirateswon’t be major players in free agency yet again, but they could have interest in lower-tier free agents like Rick Ankiel, Jamey Wright, Mark Hendrickson and Japanese pitcher Ryota Igarashi.
- Roch Kubato of the MASNSports.com wonders if the Orioles will consider signing Braden Looper, Jon Garland or Matt Treanor since the club was connected to them last winter.
- Jesse Spector of the New York Daily Newstakes a look some of the top set-up men available on the free agent market, and how arbitration and draft pick compensation may impact where they end up.