As Jake had 'wished' for on his list..
Octavio Dotel's agent, Dan Horwits, told a group of reporters Monday that there is "no question" that Dotel is now fully healthy, a year and a half removed from Tommy John surgery. Dotel is being as hotly pursued as any free-agent reliever left on the market. But according to one team that has inquired about Dotel, he has filtered out nearly all the clubs that want him to set up and expects to sign with a team that will let him be a closer again. That group would include the Red Sox, Devil Rays, Indians and Royals.
Update [2006-12-4 16:52:13 by R.J. Anderson]:The Giants worked out Octavio Dotel in the Dominican Republic last weekend. Eleven teams made offers, but the Giants weren't one of them. that from ESPN's Winter Meeting notebook, also Dewon Brazelton has landed a minor league deal with the Royals.
Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli - Crawford has been mentioned in connection with teams like the Angels and White Sox since the summer, but Baldelli looks like the better bet of the two to go now. The Rays wouldn't mind opening up an outfield spot for B.J. Upton, and either Crawford or Baldelli could bring the team the young pitching it needs. Some of the teams that could have checked into Baldelli's availability include the Marlins, Rangers, White Sox, Orioles, A's, Rockies, Brewers, Cubs and Red Sox.
Possibility: Crawford to White Sox for Brandon McCarthy, Ryan Sweeney and David Aardsma Prediction: Stays
Possibility: Baldelli to Florida for Scott Olsen and RHP Jose Garcia
Possibility: Baldelli to Oakland for Joe Blanton and RHP Jason Windsor
Possibility: Baldelli to Milwaukee for Jose Capellan, Carlos Villanueva and Greg Aquino Prediction: Goes
From Fox Sports
the Marlins intend to pursue a trade for Devil Rays center fielder Rocco Baldelli, and they've got enough young pitching to make an enticing offer.
Update [2006-12-4 21:46:40 by R.J. Anderson]: The Devil Rays, searching for help at first base, have discussed bringing in free agent Darin Erstad for a look. Erstad appeared in just 40 games with the Angels last year because of injuries. But Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was known to be a big Erstad fan from their days together in Anaheim. from ESPN [editor's note, by R.J. Anderson] That's pretty much it for Monday's coverage of the meetings, we'll check in midday tommorrow and get you caught up to date.
Update [2006-12-4 23:47:44 by R.J. Anderson]: Seriously, last one for tonight folks
Two starters the Marlins are adamant about not trading this offseason are Dontrelle Willis and Josh Johnson. Again on Monday, sources noted that Willis is not available. The club also is not eager about parting with Scott Olsen and Anibal Sanchez. Ricky Nolasco becomes the most probable trade choice, but the team also is in no rush to deal the 23-year-old right-hander. A source on Monday said if the Marlins offered Olsen, they probably would be able to seal a deal for Baldelli. from MLB.com
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