Here are some links compiled from this Thursday's headlines:
- The Boston Herald suggests that the Red Sox may target another oft-injured pitcher this offseason. The Cubs reportedly have no plans to offer Rich Harden a new deal, meaning he will be a free agent without restrictions. Recently, the Red Sox have gone after veteran arms to help stock their rotation, and Harden could be on their list for 2010. In the past, they have signed Brad Penny, John Smoltz, and Bartolo Colon, among others.
- Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo declined a one year offer from the Rangers to test the market. He may not be around long, though. The Cubs are in need of a hitting coach and a veteran like Jaramillo certainly fits the bill. Jaramillo is credited with developing several of the games top hitters, including Jeff Bagwell, Mark Teixeira, and Michael Young, among others.
- The Tigers have committed a lot of money to players for the 2010 season, which may impact their spending this offseason. Free agents Fernando Rodney, Brandon Lyon, and Placido Polanco are all due for new contracts, and could very well be playing for new teams in 2010. Polanco could be an option for the Cubs at the top of their order.
- Formers Brewers manager Ned Yost interviewed for the Astros managerial position today. Yost played a role in the turnaround of the Brewers, who reached the playoffs for the first time in over a decade last season. They still have seven candidates to interview, including Manny Acta who is set to go tomorrow.