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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE REPORT: METS OPEN UP TALKS WITH ROBINSON CANO

                                                 

By Michael Wong

Lots and lots of Hot Stove news to get to as Tim Hudson (Giants) and Brendan Ryan (Yankees) come off the board Monday.

-Talk about a shot across the borough.  The New York Mets have now officially opened up talks with Jay-Z and the representatives for free agent second baseman Robinson Cano in order to gauge what it will take to get him signed.  With reports getting confirmed on multiple fronts about Cano and the New York Yankees being far apart on figures, it was surprising to see the previously thrifty Mets get involved.  Of course this could be the Mets' way of needling the Yankees but contact has been confirmed one way or the other.

-The Colorado Rockies reeled in former Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins with a one-year deal for $2.25 million.  The Mets wanted Hawkins back but the ageless one quickly jumped at the chance to sign early this offseason which is key for an older player such as himself.  With the Mets losing out on Hawkins, it really leads to doubts about their pursuit of Cano as being legit.

-Joe Nathan has singled out the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, and Detroit Tigers as three teams that intrigue him.  Nathan would have a chance to lose at all three places but the key will be who offers him a multi-year deal first.

-Josh Johnson is getting plenty of play this offseason despite a grotesque season in 2013 due to the idea many have of signing him on the cheap.  Be that as it may, Johnson has indicated he likes what he has heard from the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.  That of course was before the Giants signed Tim Hudson.  The Royals have also expressed interest here.

-Skip Schumaker signed a two-year deal for $5 million with the Cincinnati Reds.  This is surprising since Schumaker has been nothing but singles hitter the last four seasons.

-The Yankees want to being back outfielder Raul Ibanezo serve as their DH against righties according to the New York Post.  Ibanez hit a crazy 29 home runs at 41-years-old last season.

-Leaving really no stone unturned, the Yankees are also closely looking at shortstop Jhonny Peralta as insurance for both AROD and Derek Jeter this season.

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