Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe touches on a couple of free agent rumors. Amongst the many are these.
- In addition to the pursuit of SP Derek Lowe, the Atlanta Braves are showing interest in 40-HR per season outfielder Adam Dunn.
- Ben Sheets could land a multi-year deal from the Atlanta Braves or Texas Rangers. This makes more sense to me if the BRaves lose out on Lowe or for the Rangers, who have whiffed so frequently on starters that the upside of a healthy Sheets outweighs his injury history. Maybe the Texas heat will keep him looser?
- The San Francisco Giants have offered Manny Ramirez a four-year deal - one guaranteed year with three options. Man, that'd be stretching the term "four-year contract" even for Scott Boras.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle provides these quotes from GM Brian Sabean:
"We have not made an offer. We've talked in parameters of what would be our tolerance year-wise. It would have to be a perfect fit dollar-wise, and more so what we're doing to try and build this thing ... on a younger basis. It's actually not what we're looking for, except that he's such a profound middle-of-the-order hitter, which we need.
We're pretty well set in the outfield. If we got him on board, we'd have to trade an outfielder and it would cause some havoc in terms of how the roster is built."