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Saturday, November 23, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE REPORT: JHONNY PERALTA IN HIGH DEMAND

By Michael Wong

Lots of news to get as some of the bigger names look to get more free agent clarity.

-Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta is getting a ton of attention right now, with the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles the most aggressive in pursuing him.  That means Peralta may be able to snag the coveted four-year deal all free agents wants when they out to secure a pact.  Peralta has been mentioned anywhere from a third baseman to a shortstop to an outfielder as far as how teams wants to deploy him.

-Robinson Cano may have met privately with the Detroit Tigers which is a curious report considering they just traded for Ian Kinsler.  Cano has not gotten much attention so far as the Yankees stick to their offer of $170 million for 7 years.  The report that Cano met with the Mets has been completely ignored given the fact the Mets themselves acknowledged they were being used to drum up talk that Cano was in demand.

-Grant Balfour is now the hot closer name out there as the Seattle Mariners have been an aggressive pitch to the former Oakland A's stopper.  Danny Farquhar was the guy down the stretch for the Mariners last season but the front office wants him to go back to setup as they don't think he will hold onto his numbers over the course of a full season.  In addition Brian Wilson has also been looked at for their closer role.  As far as Wilson is concerned, it appears now that teams view him as closer-worthy again off his truly dominant return to the Dodgers last season.

-There is talk that Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is already well ahead in his rehab schedule which could have him ready for Opening Day.  Machado went under the knife for a torn ligament in his left knee that was going to have him out six months.

-The New York Mets want to sign Nelson Cruz but the price is not there yet.

More on this later. 

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