The rumor mill is spinning out of control and it looks like a few deals are about to fall into place. We’ve even seen a trade (according to ESPN sources).
- The Boston Red Sox have given American League MVP, and the closest thing to a hobbit that baseball has seen since Frank Menechino, Dustin Pedroia a $40.5 M extension. Pedroia’s new deal will top out at $10,000,000 in 2013 and 2014, but the club holds an option for 2015 worth $11,000,000.
- The San Francisco Giants are reportedly close to acquiring free-agent SS Edgar Renteria, signaling that they have fallen out of the race for Rafael Furcal. Edgar “I don’t practice” Renteria is coming off a lousy season with a lousy Detroit Tigers team.
- Three-true-outcome slugger Russell Branyan has signed with the Seattle Mariners.
- Javier Vazquez has reportedly been shipped to the Atlanta Braves with Jo-Jo Reyes apparently being the centerpiece heading to the Chicago White Sox. The deal has not been finalized, and may involve several other players. Vazquez clearly had fallen out of favor with the mercurial Ozzie Guillen in Chicago, the Braves have also emerged as a strong contender for A.J. Burnett after rumors surfaced of a possible 5-year offer for the pitcher.