· After just signing former Tribe outfielder Rajai Davis, the Oakland Athletics aren’t done yet. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the A’s have reached out to first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo. They were originally linked in the sweepstakes to get Edwin Encarnacion, but lost out to the Cleveland Indians. Trumbo would give their lineup a much needed power boost. He posted career-high numbers with the Baltimore Orioles last season leading the MLB with 47 HR and was tied for eighth in all of baseball with 108 RBI. While no talks have begun, he is also linked to a return to the Orioles and the Colorado Rockies.
News and Notes
· According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Texas Rangers are “aggressively pursuing” free agent righty Tyson Ross. They originally tried to trade for him when he was with the San Diego Padres, but talks were never serious. Ross has not pitched since opening day last season after dealing with shoulder issues. He has been linked to the Tribe, Cubs, Pirates, Twins, Mariners and Giants.
· Hazel Mae of Sportsnet.ca reports that Toronto Blue Jays righty Aaron Sanchez has switched agencies and will now be represented by the Boras Corporation.
· According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Philadelphia Phillies are open to adding a veteran stick to the roster. Jose Bautista, Michael Saunders, Brandon Moss and Jay Bruce are all potential targets.
· According to Brahm Resnik of KPNX, the Arizona Diamondbacks have filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County of Arizona to secure the new construction of a stadium.
· Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Chicago White Sox are hoping to move lefty Jose Quintana by the start of Spring Training if they are able to find a viable trade partner. The New York Yankees are one of the interested clubs.
· Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Minnesota Twins will try to find a “resolution” to a potential trade of second baseman Brian Dozier. They are currently in talks with the Los Angeles Dodgers and they should wrap up before Spring Training.