Hot Stove roundup: Cardinals after Tulowitzki?
St. Louis reportedly interested in Rockies star, other shortstop options
There were no trades or high-profile signings during Day 1 of the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, but plenty of action to fill the rumor mill:
• Multiple outlets are reporting the Cardinals' interest in Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki, 29, is owed $134 million through 2020, a rate that appears to be a bargain considering Tulowitzki's standing as one of the top shortstops in the game. FOX Sports suggests the Cardinals could offer starting pitcher Shelby Miller, reliever Trevor Rosenthal and first baseman Matt Adams.
The Rangers, with Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus up the middle, could also be trade partners with the Cardinals, according to multiple reports. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera, the D-backs' Didi Gregorius or free agent Stephen Drew could be additional options to replace Pete Kozma as the Cards' shortstop.
• The Yankees are in the market for the top tier of available free agents, MLB.com's Paul Hagen reports. Carlos Beltran, one of the 13 players to turn down a qualifying offer Monday, is a top priority.
• Hagen also reports that the Dodgers could make a strong play on Rays pitcher David Price, if the Rays decide to move their left-handed ace.
• The Tigers were two wins away from the World Series, but changes appear to be coming. According to CBS Sports, the Tigers have told teams they're open to listening to trade offers for Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello. And for bullpen strength, the Tigers are pursuing former Rangers closer Joe Nathan, according to FOX Sports.
• Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija becomes a free agent after the 2015 season and could fetch a crop of young talent if the Cubs choose to move him. The Washington Post reports the Nationals having a strong interest in the right-hander, who went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA this past season.
• The posting fee agreement between Japan and Major League Baseball has been terminated, according to MLB.com's Barry Bloom. Many Major League owners want to end the posting system entirely and wait to sign Japanese players when they become full free agents after nine seasons, which is the rule in Japan. The possible change could impact the chase of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The New York Post reports a possible change that would still award the highest bidder the rights to negotiate with the player, but that team would only have to pay a fee equal to the average of the top two bids.
• The Twins signed former shortstop Jason Bartlett to a non-roster deal, according to ESPN.com. Bartlett, 34, hit .133 in 29 games with the Padres in 2012.
• The Royals requested release waivers on right-hander Luis Mendoza, who hopes to pitch in Japan next season.
• Former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee will interview for the role as pitching coach on the Mariners, according to Hagen.