Originally posted on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 12/18/11
Here is the latest, and relevant Hot Stove buzz which has circulated around MLB over the last day or so: The Cardinals continue to have strong interest in Carlos Beltran, although St. Louis could wait to see what happens with the Prince Fielder market. The Reds acquired Mat Latos from the Padres for Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal, and Yonder Alonso yesterday. The Twins are considering signing Jeff Francis, Joel Pineiro, and possibly Jon Garland for their rotation. The winning bid for Japanese RHP Yu Darvish will likely exceed the $51.1 million the Red Sox bid for RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka. Michael Baron: San Diego got a huge haul for Latos, and so I have to wonder how that plays for Sandy Alderson in his efforts to deal Jon Niese. At this stage, Niese’s value is probably not as high as Latos’ but I bet Sandy’s leverage got a little stronger in terms of what kind of package he might be able to command in return for Niese (assuming he intends to deal him).
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