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The Cardinals would have to give the Rockies a reason to trade all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He fits their needs, but the Rockies aren’t pursuing a deal. They are only willing to take the call, and any traction will depend on the Cardinals’ willingness to include elite young pitchers like Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez (perhaps two of them) as the center of any deal that would also have to involve a position player.
Talking to multiple people with direct knowledge of the Rockies’ thinking late Monday night, nothing has changed. They will listen because they would be remiss if they didn’t. There’s been no traction at this point. The Cardinals have other options, linked to free agent Stephen Drew, and, in trades rumors, to Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera, Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy and the Rangers’ Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.
For now, the Cardinals landing Tulo exists as a longshot.
The Rockies would like to believe their chances of signing Carlos Ruiz ar...
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The representative for free-agent Carlos Ruiz has told at least one team that it needs to offer a two-year, $20 million contract to remain competitive for his client.
The obvious question: Which club bid at that level, or close to it?
Could it be the Boston Red Sox?
Yes, $10 million per season would be a lot for Ruiz, who earned only $5 million last season, turns 35 on Jan. 22...
The Red Sox have made a two-year offer to their incumbent catcher Jarrod Saltalamachhia, but there's no indication the sides are near a deal and the team continues to talk to multiple options, including Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz and A.J. Pierzynski.
The offer for Saltalamacchia is believed to have been for something less than $10 million a year.
Saltalamacchia is thought to...
Add the Colorado Rockies to a growing list of teams showing interest in free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Ruiz, 34, is drawling interest from the Rockies in addition to the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.
Already the Phillies have said they will not wait for Ruiz to make a decision about returning prior to seeking out his replacement.
The Denver Post reports that the Rockies...
Colorado’s interest in free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz has been well-reported and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are expected to make him a multi-year contract offer.
Renck writes that it’s unclear if the Rockies are willing to go beyond two years on a deal, but for a 35-year-old catcher coming off a season in which he was limited to just 92 games...
The Philadelphia Phillies have made it clear that they will not wait around for Carlos Ruiz to decide if he wants to return to the team next season.
A name the Phillies are considering bringing in at catcher is A.J. Pierzynski who hit .272/.297/.425 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI in 134 games this past season with the Rangers.
Sources say #Phillies making A.J. Pierzynski...
People were upset that Marlon Byrd at 36 years old got $8 million a year for two years. How about for a catcher, also off a substance suspension who had a down year? That amount is $10 million a year for two years. Ruiz will be 35 opening day. Byrd...
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia: Salty is coming off his best regular season, but was virtually non-existent in the postseason. He had the walk-off single in game 2 of the ALCS against Detroit, and then showed up in all the wrong...
The Red Sox have reportedly made a contract offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, although it’s likely that things are just getting started.
It still takes two to tango, and CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that there is no indication that Saltalamacchia and the Red Sox are close to a deal. Therefore, according to Heyman, the Red Sox are continuing to talk with multiple free-agent...
The Phillies and whoever else is out there after Carlos Ruiz (Red Sox? Blue Jays?) have one less competitor toward the services of Carlos Ruiz. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports Source: #Rockies have "moved on" from Carlos Ruiz. Looking for closer, envisioning Brothers, Bettis in setup roles. — Ken Rosenthal...
Part of me thinks it's a negotation tactic. But, the report is out there. Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting that the Phillies plan to go hard after veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski should Carlos Ruiz walk away from the Phillies as a free agent. Sources say #Phillies making A.J. Pierzynski...
It didn’t take long for the conversation in Boston to switch from World Series jubilation to offseason speculation. It’s simply the nature of baseball.
Ben Cherington hardly had any time to bask in the glory of his first title as general manager of the Red Sox before he needed to extend qualifying offers to Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew. Now, Cherington is down...
Today Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins announced that he would become a full-time first baseman in 2014 after battling injuries that included a really rough concussion in 2013. Word also came from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports that the Phillies are still "in the running" for Carlos Ruiz, and...
Amaro says that young talent is not available. Meanwhile, Jerry Crasnick says the Phillies are willing to listen on young talent Brown. Which is correct?
From around the league:
- Jerry Crasnick says that the Phillies are willing to listen on outfielder Domonic Brown but “a Bautista-Brown trade isn’t happening.”
- Meanwhile, Ruben Amaro tells Matt Gelb that the club is not...
The free agent catching market is a bit slim. After Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the next best option is 35-year old Carlos Ruiz. If you're one of the many teams that needs help behind the plate, you might be a little dissuaded by the mess in front of you. Texas' one-year contract with Geovany Soto might start looking better and better as the winter goes on.
The Jarrod Saltalamacchi situation keeps changing so rapidly, we almost don't know what to believe and are struggling to keep up. After being told that the Red Sox offered Salty a two-year deal, and then that they didn't, we're now being led to believe they did (again).
According to ESPN Boston, CBS Sports and WEEI, "a source" confirms the Red Sox offered...