|Storen during Spring Training 2013. Photo by Zach Spedden.|
- The Chicago Cubs, seeking bullpen help, are considering Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen (2011) as trade options, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago-Sun Times. Storen's numbers in 2013, which included a 4.52 ERA and 8.5 K/9 rate in 61.2 innings pitched, were down from his career averages.
- In a breakdown of a potential deal, Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post explains why arbitration costs make Storen a more realistic option than Clippard for the Cubs.
- Kilgore says that outfielder Nate Schierholtz (2004) and reliever James Russell could be targets for the Nationals. In his first season for the Cubs, Schierholtz batted .251/.301/.470 line with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs in 503 plate appearances. Russell, meanwhile, had a 3.59 ERA with a 37:18 K:BB ratio in 52.2 innings; the 27-year old is eligible for arbitration for the first time this off season. The reporter notes, however, that the conversation between the two clubs is in the "extremely early..." stages.
- The Boston Red Sox are receiving trade inquiries about Mike Carp (2005), reports Rob Bradford of WEEI. Carp was productive in 243 plate appearances for the Red Sox last season, posting a .296/.362/.523 line with a 140 OPS+, 9 home runs, and 43 RBIs.
- Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported last night that the Chicago White Sox are considering catcher Adrian Nieto (2010-'12) as a possible Rule 5 Draft selection. For the Potomac Nationals last season, Nieto posted a slash line of .285/.373/.449 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs in 452 plate appearances. The 24-year old has never played above High-A in his career; the Rule 5 Draft will take place on Thursday, December 12.
- The Arizona Fall League named 2012 Suns Brian Goodwin and Alex Meyer to its Top Prospects Team. Goodwin had a .777 OPS in 88 plate appearances for the Mesa Solar Sox, while Meyer had a 3.12 ERA and a 28:7 K:BB in 26 innings for the Glendale Desert Dogs.