Today's rumors have mostly followed Pujols vs. Reyes speculation in Miami, Rockies interest in Grady Sizemore, and some Angels interest in C.J. Wilson. That doesn't mean other things aren't flying under the radar, though.
We still have coaching vacancies, Jed Hoyer looking for Cubby depth, figuring out how to replace Papelbon in bean town, and where exactly the Rangers are at in the spending spectrum. Here's a look at what's developing as we speak:
Sandy Alomar playing the waiting game for managerial openings in Chicago, Boston - cleveland.com
"The Cubs have interviewed four candidates: Alomar, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux. Terry Francona, who resigned at the end of last season in Boston, is a possibility. The Red Sox have interviewed Alomar, Mackanin, Sveum and Toronto first-base coach Torey Lovullo. Gene Lamont, Detroit's third-base coach, is scheduled to interview Saturday."
Jed Hoyer: Jed Hoyer confronting Wrigley Field challenge - chicagotribune.com
"It's no secret we need to get some depth in the rotation," he said. "Depth in pitching hurt the team last year. We have to find a way to improve the defense, and we probably need to find a little more athleticism on the bases."
Replacing Papelbon - Over the Monster
"They will, at very least, need to find an extra 65-70 innings, Papelbon’s typical workload. Were Bard to move to the closer role, then that total would go up as, Bard has pitched more innings in his current role than he would closing assuming the role remains the same with the new manager."
Can Rangers afford to make a big splash in free agency? - DallasNews.com
"If Wilson re-signs with Texas, the payroll would jump into the $120 million range, at which point any faint hope of landing a Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols is out the window. But if, as many expect, Wilson ends up elsewhere, the Rangers would presumably have some cash to play with."
Rangers' Josh Hamilton undergoes surgery to fix sports hernia - Star-Telegram.
"The Rangers said Hamilton is scheduled to return to Texas today and that the slugger is expected to be fully recovered for the start of spring training in February."