Cano is close to agreeing to a contract with the Mariners, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
The two sides have gone had a rocky last 24 hours, but it appears they are still interested in reaching a deal. Final details of the contract will be released if and when it is finalized, but it will reportedly pay Cano "at least" $225 million.
Tanaka may not move to MLB for 2014 as his team in Japan, the Rakuten Eagles, are not happy with new rules that would impose a limit of $20 million that any club could receive for a player, the Los Angeles Times reports. However, Baseball America reports that the team will still post him for bidding from MLB teams.
Tanaka will likely be the top available pitcher for MLB clubs to acquire this winter. He went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 183:32 K:BB ratio in 212 innings last year for the Eagles. He's Japan's top pitcher and just 25 years old. However, his move to MLB is in flux with MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball still finalizing a new agreement on the transfer of players from Japan to the U.S. The Eagles had said before they'd allow Tanaka to move to MLB, but that was when they were set to reportedly receive more than the record $51.7 million posting fee the Rangers paid for Yu Darvish. The new agreement between MLB and NPB is said to have a cap of $20 million on a transfer fee paid to NPB clubs, but it's not clear if teams in MLB would be awarded his rights based on worst record or if the player would have the choice among top bidders.
12/05/13 - 8:36AM ETRyan Braun
: Moving To Right Field
Braun will serve as the Brewers' primary right fielder in 2014, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
The trade of Norichika Aoki to the Royals opens up a spot in the Brewers' outfield, and it appears the current plan is to move Braun to right field, and install Khris Davis as the new left fielder. The position change should not have much of an effect on Braun's fantasy value, but it will prevent him from focusing primarily on his hitting during spring training.
The Brewers traded Aoki to the Royals on Thursday in exchange for left-handed pitcher Will Smith.
Milwaukee was looking for a way to get the powerful Khris Davis into the lineup, and this accomplishes that. He's only under contract through 2014, but the Royals will get a good leadoff guy in Aoki (.355 career OBP), who has good speed and occasional power. For the Brewers, this indicates that Ryan Braun is moving to right field on a permanent basis, to open things up for Davis, a more limited fielder, in left.
Wednesday, December 4
12/04/13 - 6:03PM ETKelly Johnson
: Inks One-Year Deal With Yankees
Johnson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees, pending a physical, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.
Johnson will serve as a utility player for the Yankees, and as a potential insurance policy at second base in case they are unable to re-sign Robinson Cano. Johnson hit .235/.305/.410 with 16 home runs last season for the Rays, and could post improved numbers in a hitters' ball park if he can carve out a role as an everyday player.
The Tigers have confirmed that Cabrera (groin) will permanently move to first base, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
This was widely assumed following the Prince Fielder trade, but the team confirmed that Cabrera will take over at first, with Nick Castellanos moving into an everyday role at third. Cabrera will still be third-base eligible in most leagues, and he's arguably the best pure hitter in the game.
Konerko agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the White Sox on Wednesday, CSN Chicago reports.
Konerko had been considering his options, which included retiring or joining another team, but he will head back to the squad he has played for since 1999. Though Konerko has long been a fixture in the White Sox's lineup, he is likely looking at a part-time role in 2014 thanks to the .668 OPS he posted last year and the addition of fellow first baseman Jose Abreu via free agency.
12/04/13 - 6:41AM ETPaul Konerko
: Expected to Return to White Sox
Konerko is now expected to return the White Sox in 2014, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
It does not appear to be a completely done deal, but the expectation is that Konerko will accept a one-year deal and a reduced role on the south side of Chicago with the White Sox's addition of Jose Dariel Abreu earlier this offseason.
12/04/13 - 3:42AM ETDarin Ruf
: Will Compete for Spot in Spring
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Ruf, Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis will all get a chance to compete for jobs in spring training, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I think they're all competing for jobs, and that's kind of the way we want it," Amaro said. "We view them all as role players and possible starting players down the road. Those guys are young players that I think create the depth we've needed."
Ruf hit .247/.348/.458 with 14 home runs in 251 at-bats for the Phillies last season. He would backup the corner outfield spots and first base should he win a job this spring.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Galvis, Cesar Hernandez and Darin Ruf will all get a chance to compete for jobs in spring training, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I think they're all competing for jobs, and that's kind of the way we want it," Amaro said. "We view them all as role players and possible starting players down the road. Those guys are young players that I think create the depth we've needed."
Galvis looks like the favorite to be the Phillies' primary utility infielder next season. He is the only player on the active roster that can backup Jimmy Rollins at short. He is currently playing for Aguilas de Zulia in the Venezuelan League where he is hitting .310 with two home runs and four stolen bases in 126 at-bats.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Hernandez, Darin Ruf and Freddy Galvis will all get a chance to compete for jobs in spring training, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I think they're all competing for jobs, and that's kind of the way we want it," Amaro said. "We view them all as role players and possible starting players down the road. Those guys are young players that I think create the depth we've needed."
Amaro said the team still believes Hernandez, a natural second baseman, can become a competent center fielder. He played both positions in winter ball, where he hit .254 with two home runs in 31 games for Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan League.
The Phillies traded Rasmussen and Erik Kratz to the Blue Jays for Brad Lincoln on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Rasmussen was recently added to the Phillies' 40-man roster. He was acquired from the Dodgers in the Michael Young deal last season. He was 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA in 28 games between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque.