NL West Round-Up: Rumors Swirl As GM Meetings Come And Go
The GM Meetings took place this past week in Orlando, Florida and while no big name players signed contract, rumors were flying throughout the NL West.
Here’s where everyone stands after those meetings took place.
The Diamondbacks are showing interest in prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka as GM Kevin Towers says he has scouted the pitcher extensively and hopes to be in the mix for him. The Dodgers seem to be the early favorites to land Tanaka, but the New York Yankees have also shown strong interest in the right-hander.
Needing outfield help, the Diamondbacks are also showing a strong interest in trading for Chicago Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz. The 29-year-old had 21 home runs in 503 plate appearances for the Cubs this year.
The Rockies, in search of a catcher, offered a contract to free agent Carlos Ruiz earlier in the week, but without a response from Ruiz, the team has shifted their focus on finding a replacement for closer Rafael Betancourt.
Although the Rockies continue to tell teams around the league that stars Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer are unavailable, they’re taking calls on outfielder Dexter Fowler. The young outfielder has become expandable due to the emergence of more youth in the outfield.
San Diego Padres
The Padres continue to struggle to figure out what to do with third baseman Chase Headley. Thought to be working on an extension with the third baseman, it doesn’t sound like there’s anything going on with talks.
Other than that, the Padres have been linked to Dodgers free agent starter Ricky Nolasco, but reports of their interest have been overblown as they’re happy with their starting pitching.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants are beginning to look at some of the pitching talent out in the market. They’re continuing talks with representatives of Ryan Vogelsong who the Giants would love to bring back, but have also begun to show strong interest in free agent Ricky Nolasco. Many other teams are also showing interest in Nolasco as the Twins have emerged as early front-runners for the right-hander.
In the relief market, the Giants are also showing interest in bringing back Brian Wilson, which would be an awkward situation after the confrontation between Wilson and Giants CEO Larry Baer in which they had a heated conversation about Wilson not having received his 2012 World Series ring yet. Wilson won two titles with the team before joining the Dodgers last season and showed the baseball world that he’s fully recovered from Tommy John Surgery.