Rumor roundup: Bucs open to offers on '16 FAs
Major League Baseball's rumor mill moved slower than usual on Thursday -- like most of America after a Thanksgiving feast.
Still, there were a few notable rumblings on the Hot Stove. Here's a look:
Pirates open to offers for 2016 FAs
The Pittsburgh Pirates are "listening on all their potential free agents," according to ESPN's Jayson Stark via Twitter. That includes closer Mark Melancon, second baseman Neil Walker and first baseman Pedro Alvarez, Stark says.
The Pirates don't have any clear replacements at any of the three positions. But if they could strike a deal soon, they'd have the rest of the offseason to fill those voids.
The future is bright for both the Cubs and the Cardinals in the NL Central, and the Pirates could well be looking to add a couple pieces to ensure their long-term success, even if it means sacrificing a piece for 2016.
Melancon's departure would probably have the biggest impact of the three. He has saved 100 games for Pittsburgh in three seasons, posting a 1.85 ERA.
Orioles interested in Gallardo
The Orioles "have reached out to" free-agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, according to CBS Sports. Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA with Texas in 2015 -- although his WHIP of 1.42 was a career high.
Gallardo, 29, spent eight seasons in Milwaukee before joining Texas via trade last offseason. He went 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA for the Brewers.
Royals release Wandy
The Royals released veteran right-hander Wandy Rodriguez, according to Baseball America. Rodriguez made 17 appearances for Texas in 2015, going 6-4 with a 4.90 ERA.
Rodriguez was released by the Rangers on Aug. 4 before signing with the Royals on Aug. 16. He never pitched with the big league club, but he allowed just one run in eight relief innings for Triple-A Omaha.
Rodriguez is 97-98 with a 4.90 ERA over 11 big league seasons.