With the recent news of Yoenis Cespedes returning to the Mets, many of the biggest names in this year's crop of free agents are now off the board. But there's still considerable talent to be had as well as needs to be filled, while teams continue to construct their rosters
With the recent news of Yoenis Cespedes returning to the Mets, many of the biggest names in this year's crop of free agents are now off the board. But there's still considerable talent to be had as well as needs to be filled, while teams continue to construct their rosters for the upcoming season.
Here's a look at the latest Hot Stove developments from around the big leagues:
Reddick open to Oakland extension
A's outfielder Josh Reddick is reportedly open to discussing an extension with his club, according to the Bay Area News Group.
The two sides avoided arbitration earlier this month by agreeing to a $6.575 million deal for 2016. If they can't reach a multiyear agreement, Reddick will become a free agent after this season.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that while Reddick is open to discussing an extension, he would prefer negotiations not extend into the season and linger as a distraction for him and his teammates.
Reddick, 28, has played in seven Major League seasons with the Red Sox and A's. He joined Oakland via trade prior to the 2012 season and has hit .251/.315/.439 with 76 homers through four years with the club.
Arizona's Hill on the trading block?
Aaron Hill could be on the move as the D-backs are said to be shopping the veteran infielder, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
Heyman noted that finding a suitable trade partner for Hill could be a "tall task." Working against the D-backs is the fact that several infielders -- including Ian Desmond, Jimmy Rollins, David Freese and Howie Kendrick -- are still available on the free-agent market.
If the D-backs are considering parting ways with Hill, it could be to allow Chris Owings more playing time at second base or to potentially clear space to sign a free agent like Kendrick.
Hill, who turns 34 in March, has played in 11 Major League seasons with the Blue Jays and D-backs, earning a trip to the All-Star Game in 2009 with Toronto. He batted .230/.295/.345 through 116 games for Arizona last season.
Latest on Arroyo
A second team has emerged as a suitor for free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo. The Nationals have reportedly joined the Reds in the mix for the veteran right-hander, according to FoxSports.com.
MLB.com's Mark Sheldon previously reported Cincinnati's interest in bringing back Arroyo, who played for the Reds for eight seasons from 2006-13. Signing with the Nationals would also be a reunion of sorts for Arroyo and former Reds manager Dusty Baker, now at the helm in Washington.
Arroyo, 38, missed the entire 2015 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He last pitched for the D-backs in 2014, going 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts before a torn ulnar collateral ligament ended his season.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com.