Source familiar with negotiations doesn't forsee Lester signing soon. Still going through the process (meeting with teams, etc.)
MLB.com "Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources. The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement. Tomas, who turned 24 on..." November 26
Ryan Braun says his thumb is 100 percent since surgery. "It definitely worked." #Brewers
New York Daily News "Pablo Sandoval collected a payday of nearly $100 million from the Red Sox. Now Chase Headley is primed to cash in with a meaty contract of his own. No, Headley won’t be looking at a deal approaching nine figures like the Panda did, but with Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez both headed to Boston, the..." November 26
Sporting News "Well, there you go: The Red Sox are taking an old-school Yankees approach this offseason. A first-to-worst season will do that. Sox owner John Henry told reporters Tuesday night he's willing to pay the luxury tax next year to upgrade the roster. Boston's well on its way after signing free..." November 26
Fox Sports Southwest "The Texas Rangers got expected but good news on right-hander Yu Darvish Tuesday as the MRI on his right elbow came back clean. The right-hander is now free to begin his regular offseason workouts after getting the clean bill of health from Rangers team doctor Keith Meister. One change in..." November 26
ESPN Chicago "The Chicago White Sox made the signing of Adam LaRoche official Tuesday, coming to terms on a two-year, $25 million contract with the first baseman. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Scott Carroll was designated for assignment. LaRoche,35, who batted .259 with 26 home..." November 26
Now understand #sfgiants will look at all top arms — Lester, Scherzer, Shields, etc.. — w/ uncertainty over Timmy, Cain post-surgery,
MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres missed out on Pablo Sandoval, who signed with the Red Sox earlier today, and MLB.com’s Corey Brock reports that the they are now heavily focused on trades, although Yasmany Tomas appears to be one notable exception. According to Brock, the Padres are believed to have reached out to the..." November 26
Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's true the Indians made a few inquiries about Chase Headley, but the third baseman is not coming to Cleveland. He's too expensive and the Indians still have a feeling that they just might have a third baseman in Lonnie Chisenhall. The Indians are not going to be big players in this free..." November 26
CSN Bay Area "The Red Sox introduced Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez on Tuesday. Sandoval will play third base, but Ramirez will shift from shortstop to left field due to the presence of 22-year-old Xander Bogaerts. That means incumbent left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will have to find a new..." November 26
Cincinnati Enquirer "This is another in a periodic series of looks at the Reds position-by-position. Today we look at center field: Billy Hamilton was one of the feel-good stories of the 2014 Reds. He's going to be the center fielder for a long time. He exceeded expectations this year -- particularly until his..." November 26
CBSSports.com "Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, heretofore a Giants lifer, recently put the ink on a five-year, $95-million contract with the Red Sox -- a deal that includes a club option for a sixth season. On Tuesday, Sandoval was introduced to the media as a freshly minted Red Sox player. "I want a new..." November 25
Another option for teams in need of SS: Yunel Escobar. #Rays will listen on anyone. Have alternatives at SS, including Zobrist.
Hardball Talk "Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to Japan after playing six seasons with the Red Sox and the past two seasons with the Mets. According to the Japan Times he’s agreed to a contract with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who are the reigning Japanese League champions." November 25
MLB.com "Publicly, the Indians have not made third base a priority in their offseason pursuits, focusing instead on rotation and bullpen depth. Privately, though, the Indians appear at least slightly open to the possibility of tinkering with the position, especially if it can improve their defensive..." November 25
CSN Chicago "Jon Lester is still one of the biggest dominos to fall in Major League Baseball's offseason. It's not even December yet, but Lester has already drawn interest from the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants in addition to the Boston Red Sox - his former team - and the..." November 25
Purple Row "It would be foolish to say that the Tulo-to-New York talk is officially dead, but it appears we've just about reached that point. The Yankees have "no interest whatsoever" in acquiring Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and the $114 million owed to him, according to Andy Martino of the New York..." November 25
#Mariners have had trade talks on multiple RH outfielders, including Matt Kemp, Yoenis Cespedes, and Justin Upton. They want to land one.
Sporting News "One year, $10.5 million left on deal; free agent after 2015 Both at the plate and in the field, Cespedes is a highlight-reel player whose overall performance over a full season is not as impressive as you might think. In 2014, he hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 homers, which is nothing to sneeze at,..." November 25
Fox Sports "In The New York Times last week, television critic Jon Caramanica led his story about some new reality shows with a bit about John Rocker ... which was odd, since Rocker was recently featured on the oldest reality show. The connection, however tenuous, is that Rocker was attempting to reinvent..." November 25
ESPN Dallas "The Texas Rangers have inquired about trading for Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton, according to a source. The Rangers tried to acquire Upton in previous seasons but couldn't finalize a deal. With the Rangers planning on moving left fielder Shin-Soo Choo to right field, they need..." November 25
Blue Jays are, however, working to add a left-handed bat to their lineup. One name they are talking about: Jay Bruce.
The #dbacks interest in Yasmany Tomas is "legit,'' according to one MLB exec. Five or six teams pursuing the Cuban OF.
Two #RedSox team sources say Bogaerts is still the SS. Didn’t think that would change, but worth checking.
#Rays have placed Jose Molina and Cole Figueroa on release waivers; assuming they clear Wednesday they will be officially released
Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez, finally acknowledging that deal with #RedSox is done. Pending physical. Press conference tomorrow.
Hanley Ramirez terms with #RedSox, per source: Four years, $88M with fifth-year vesting option valued at $22M.
Hardball Talk "Big day for the Sox. On the same day they are expected to officially announce a deal with Hanley Ramirez, Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Pablo Sandoval for five years and close to $100 million. Sandoval had offers from both the Giants and the Padres as well,..." November 24
ESPN Boston "The Boston Red Sox, not content to wait for third baseman Pablo Sandoval's decision as to whether he will sign with the club, reportedly have come to terms with Hanley Ramirez on what is expected to be in the range of a five-year, $90 million agreement, FoxSports.com reported Sunday. Ramirez..." November 24
Yahoo! Sports "Third baseman Kyle Seager and the Seattle Mariners are nearing a seven-year, $100 million contract extension, major league sources told Yahoo Sports, marking the third consecutive offseason in which Seattle would sign a player to a nine-figure deal as it attempts to get back to the playoffs for..." November 24
Baltimore Sun "Free-agent left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, who dominated for the Orioles down the stretch run and throughout the postseason, is negotiating seriously with eight to 10 teams. And, according to an industry source, the Orioles are not one of them. Since the beginning of free agency, the..." November 24
#SFGiants also could pursue SP. Savings on Sandoval could put them in play for Lester, says one person with knowledge of club’s thinking.
Hardball Talk "The Red Sox and Cubs have long been considered the favorites to sign free agent Jon Lester, with the Braves and Cardinals also lingering. But there may be a surprise coming. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that there are “at least six” teams expressing serious interest in the left-handed..." November 24
Masn "So how do you feel about Melky Cabrera? I'm just curious, since I've heard from multiple people that he's a "fallback option" for the Orioles if they can't re-sign Nick Markakis. His name has been discussed. He's on the radar, as the kids say. Cabrera's 50-game suspension after testing..." November 24
CBSSports.com "The Padres just made a big push for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, the Braves are on their way to the Dominican Republic to view Tomas and now the Giants, who've always been involved, have extra reason to make a bigger push for Tomas since Pablo Sandoval is going to Boston. Tomas, who's been..." November 24
A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross are among the FA the #Braves have spoken to about serving as their backup catcher
MLB.com "For Barry Bonds, this is his third year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot and he's optimistic about eventually being elected even if it's not in the Class of 2015. "I love Major League Baseball. I always have and I loved playing the game," said Bonds, the former Giants slugger. "I..." November 24
Jim Presley, the Orioles hitting coach since 2011, has been re-assigned, accdg to a source. The club is currently interviewing candidates.
#Rangers remain open to trading any SS in right deal, but Andrus now least likely to move. Team believes he is headed for big year.
Hardball Talk "In his column for the Miami Herald, Barry Jackson reports that the Marlins have discussed trading starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Diamondbacks for starter Wade Miley. Jackson adds that the Marlins also have interest in free agent pitchers Francisco Liriano and Brandon Morrow. Miley, 28, was the..." November 24
Hardball Talk "It’s almost that time! The time to argue for a couple of months on-end about the Hall of Fame! The ballot has been released. Here it is, with 17 holdovers and 17 newcomers. Here are the new guys: Randy Johnson Pedro Martinez John Smoltz Carlos Delgado Gary Sheffield Nomar..." November 24
Bloomberg "Giancarlo Stanton will give up more in taxes over his record contract than 24 Major League Baseball teams paid their players last season. The Miami Marlins outfielder two days ago signed a 13-year, $325 million deal, the richest in North American sports history. Federal, state, city and payroll..." November 24
ESPN.com "Josh Willingham is retiring from baseball after an 11-year major league career, the outfielder told ESPN.com on Monday. Willingham, 35, hit .253 with 195 home runs during a career that included stints with the Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas..." November 24