Originally posted on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 11/22/11
Here is a quick round-up of some relevant Hot Stove rumors over the last day: The A’s are clearly listening to offers for pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey, though neither player will come cheap. Bobby Valentine is reportedly the favorite among ownership to be the Red Sox next manager, as the group values previous big league managerial experience. “Darren Oliver wants to pitch next season. And he’d prefer to do it with the Texas Rangers.” The Angels are interested in free-agent relievers Francisco Cordero, Heath Bell, Octavio Dotel and Matt Capps. The 41-year-old Oliver was 5-5 with a 2.29 ERA, while striking out 44 batters in 51 innings in 61 games for the Rangers last season. Matthew Cerrone: I would love to see Oliver back pitching another season for the Mets next year. He’ll likely get a one-year, $4 million deal, and he’s worth every dime. Frankly, that’s a slight bargain given how consistent he’s been. The thing is, people out there say he loves Dallas. And so, when ...
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