Yankees in serious talks for J. Vazquez, as first reported by NY Post's Joel Sherman. Braves' target is M. Cabrera, not Swisher.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 22, 2009
So Tweets Ken Rosenthal (among others). Braves would get Melky Cabrera and possibly a minor-league pitcher.
As I reported this morning, #Yankees will not be offering arbitration to any of their free agents: Damon, Pettitte, Matsui, Nady, Molina— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 1, 2009
None of these blokes were offered arbitration: * Johnny Damon * Andy Pettitte * Hideki Matsui * Xavier Nady * Jose Molina Each carries his share of baggage: Damon can't throw and is a pretty bad fielder, even in left, though he's still quite valuable offensively. Pettitte is old and doesn't have very good peripherals, but he's dependable and left-handed. Matsui can no longer play the field at all, really; he'd be useful off the bench if he were willing to settle for that. Nady is a nice fourth outfielder/spot-starter, but he rarely walks, is shoddy defensively, and isn't nearly as good as Mets fans like to think. The Mets already have nine backup catchers, which means they're probably finalizing a two-year deal with Molina as we speak.
The Astros have offered arbitration to Jose Valverde and have decided not to offer arb to Miguel Tejada, LaTroy Hawkins or Doug Brocail.— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) December 1, 2009
Valverde wasn't particularly appealing anyway. Tejada has a spotty fielding history. UZR only really liked him twice: in 2004 (7.1 per 150) and in 2008 (9.4 per 150). He's -4.7 (per 150) over his career and was -12.4 (per 150) in 2009. There has been some talk about shifting him to third, which doesn't help the Mets any. Could he be a fit at second base? Hawkins might be a decent sixth- or seventh-inning guy. Meh on Brocail.