Hot Stove (Foreign edition)
An executive familiar with the international market tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the Yankees, Tigers, and Marlins have shown the most interest in Yoenis Cespedes.
Of the teams that have checked in on him, New York and Miami both appear to be the most interested and have the highest potential buying power. Earlier on Saturday it was reported that Cespedes could become available during the ”latter half of winter meetings,” though an official timetable has yet to be released.
Yu Darvish is likely to be posted for MLB teams following the Winter Meetings, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
There was some speculation that Darvish wouldn’t be made available this offseason, but his posting period is now expected to take place sometime after next week’s meetings. Rosenthal cautions that it’s still not official, and that issues with his Japanese club still need to be worked out, though his divorce settlement is reportedly not a factor. The Yankees, Nationals, Red Sox, and Blue Jays are potential landing spots for Darvish, who could require $50 million in order to secure exclusive negotiating rights.