MLB News and Rumors: Phillies latest to land new TV contract
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.
With no major signings or trades occurring on Thursday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.
Here are the stories from Thursday, January 2nd.
News and Notes
- The Phillies may be the latest team to land a $1 billion+ TV contract. Kevin Cooney of the Bucks County Courier Times reported that the new deal between the Phillies and Comcast SportsNet is for between 20-25 years and is worth a "massive" amount of money.
- Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reported that the Twins have started to kick the tires on Matt Garza again. Minnesota has already signed starters Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, and Mike Pelfrey this winter. Wolfson has also recently stated that the Twins are still in on Bronson Arroyo and are interested in Masahiro Tanaka.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said the Diamondbacks have Tanaka as their number one target.
- Zach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com tweeted that multiple AL teams have shown interest in free agent starter Jerome Williams. Links said that a couple of the teams are from the AL Central.
- Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal says a return to the Red Sox is becoming more and more likely for Stephen Drew with each passing day.
- Peter Gammons wrote in his daily article that at least half dozen teams have made a run at acquiring Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. The Indians are one of the teams that were linked to Gardner earlier in the offseason.
- Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post doesn't expect the Nationals to go after Tanaka. Instead, Kilgore believes they will use the money it would take to land Tanaka to lock up Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmerman long term.
- Fangraphs' Jeff Sullivan went through all 30 teams to try to find a team for Nelson Cruz, with only the Orioles matching up as a possible fit in his opinion.
- MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez says if the Angels cannot find a trade partner for Joe Blanton by the end of Spring Training, the team will simply release him.
Won't go into the financial stuff, but disagree the Indians can't be relevant again.
Cleveland is a declining market in comparison to most major cities and supports two professional franchises that have greater interest to ticket buyers than the Indians. Cleveland was relevant many years ago but time has passed it by. there is already a league for teams like this called AAA.
Now if I could move Bourn and fill his spot with Gardner....