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MLB Rumors: Epstein Compensation, Lannan, Floyd, Damon, Aybar

The latest and greatest rumors from around the league:

  • Peter Gammons tweets that the Theo Epstein compensation saga will finally come to a head at the end of the month, with the Red Sox getting their choice of one Cubs prospect from a group of three. The Sox are then required to send a prospect of their choice back to Chicago.
  • Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider weighs in the John Lannan trade rumors, laying out GM Mike Rizzo's options for Lannan as Opening Day approaches. While the Red Sox and Tigers are possible suitors for the righty starter, are they willing to give the Nats the center fielder they want in return? What about putting Lannan in the bullpen or sending him to Triple-A? Whatever the decision, Rizzo only has 19 days left to make it.
  • White Sox starter Gavin Floyd, the other late twenties right-hander attracting trade speculation, is not worried by the trade rumors floating around him, writes Daryl Van Schouwen of the Sun Times. Floyd has been rumored to be on the Blue Jays' radar since the beginning of Spring Training.
  • Free agent Johnny Damon said on a radio program this morning that the Yankees never showed any interest in signing him, Benjamin Kabak at River Avenue Blues reports. Damon apparently reached out to Yankees GM Brian Cashman, citing money as a non-issue, but Cashman was already set on Raul Ibanez.
  • Mark Saxon of ESPN reports that the Angels GM Jerry Dipoto met in Arizona yesterday with the agent shortstop Erick Aybar to discuss a long-term contract extension. Aybar signed a one-year deal for $5.075 million in January but may be looking to sign a longer contract similar to the four-year, $33.5 million deal his middle infield counterpart, Howie Kendrick, recently signed.