Early Free Agency News
Three quick tidbits.
First, from MLB.com: the M’s are among several teams expressing interest in Esteban Loaiza. The others are the Royals, Indians, Rangers, Mets and Rockies.
Next, from the NYT‘s “at least the Mariners get an ‘expected to contend’ mention” department:
It seems as if every team in baseball has contacted Darek Braunecker, the agent for starter A. J. Burnett. Burnett lashed out at Marlins management toward the end of the season, and he is not considering a return to South Florida. The Blue Jays, whose pitching coach, Brad Arnsberg, once worked with Burnett with the Marlins, are considered a leader, but the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers are also expected to contend for his services.
Finally, the M’s are one of three teams to inquire about trading for Carlos Delgado. The Orioles and the Mets are the others. The saving grace: “With any scenario, the Marlins likely would be asked to pick up some of that money.”
We’ve discussed the merits and drawbacks of each of these moves before. Whatever happens, it doesn’t look like a do-nothing offseason. Like the Chinese curse says, may you live in interesting times.