With the new year quickly approaching, the Hot Stove was relatively quiet on Monday. However, a few attention-grabbing tidbits popped up.
Here's a look at some of the day's news and notes from around the league:
• Free-agent infielder Yuniesky Betancourt continues to draw interest from a number of teams. It's even possible he could find a starting role, according to MLBTradeRumors.com. Betancourt had drawn interest from the Marlins this offseason, but with the signing of Casey McGehee, Miami no longer has a need for him.
• The Nationals re-signed second baseman Will Rhymes to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Rhymes hit .274 for Triple-A Syracuse last season. In his big league career with the Tigers (2010-11) and Rays (2012), Rhymes has hit .266 with 29 RBIs in 130 games.
• The Pirates acquired first baseman Chris McGuiness from the Rangers in exchange for right-hander Miles Mikolas. McGuiness was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Shin-Soo Choo on Texas' 40-man roster. Mikolas, who ranked third in the Pacific Coast League with 26 saves for Triple-A Tucson last season, was added to Texas' 40-man roster and will compete for the closer's job after free agent Joe Nathan signed with Detroit.
• The Braves are still in talks with reliever Eric O'Flaherty, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. O'Flaherty had Tommy John surgery in May and is expected to miss the beginning of the season.
• The Yankees continue to show their interest in Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, contacting his representatives. New York is one of the first clubs to make contact with agent Casey Close and could make an offer sometime this week.