With the second day of the 2008 winter meetings winding down, here's a rundown of some of the more credible rumors/reports, broken down by relevant category:
- The Red Sox are discussing a trade with the Mets for Brian Schneider, which would seem to indicate talks with the Rangers are dormant, at least for now (though we now know Nolan Ryan really likes Clay Buchholz).
- The Diamondbacks may have decided not to trade either Miguel Montero or Chris Snyder, apparently sometime after the Sox turned down an offer of Montero for Michael Bowden.
- The Orioles traded Ramon Hernandez to Cincinnati, seemingly further depleting the number of teams who could be interested in the services of Jason Varitek.
- And still no real rumors of any interest in Varitek.
- The Angels believe they are out of the bidding, conceding to the Red Sox.
- Or the Nationals.
- Or not at all.
- A lot of rumors, no real news, except this: the Yankees, Brewers, Angels and Red Sox have all made offers, the Giants may make an offer, and no one really knows a damn thing about which team is the front-runner.
The other pitchers
- A.J. Burnett's agent says the Red Sox have had "significant dialogue" with his client (but no one expects the Sox to deviate from their "no long-term deals for aging pitchers" policy).
- The Yankees have told Burnett they will "do better" than the current high offer from Atlanta of 4/$60M with a vesting fifth year option; the Blue Jays have said they will not.
- The Yankees are also negotiating with Derek Lowe, and terms center around four years and more than $16 million per annum. The Phillies are also mentioned as making a big push. No mention of the Red Sox.
- The Yankees are also reportedly preparing an offer to Ben Sheets — two years, $26 million.
- Meanwhile, the Red Sox have knocked on the door of Carl Pavano.