Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was told by one executive that Jonathan Papelbon is "untradeable."
Paplebon just turned 35, his $11 million salary is far from a bargain and he's gained a reputation for being a clubhouse headache. That's three strikes right there. Of course, he's still one of the best closers in baseball and there's bound to be at least one team willing to look past those shortcomings. Papelbon has one year left on his contract.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mariners are willing to offer Hisashi Iwakuma "around $24 million" for a two-year deal.
That's a fair offer for a pitcher entering his age-35 season, though Iwakuma might push for a three-year deal. Iwakuma turned down his qualifying offer, so the Mariners will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said "word is" the Orioles weren't impressed by Gerardo Parra after acquiring him in a midseason trade and it would be a "surprise" if they re-signed him.
Parra was terrific for the Brewers this year but his production fell off a cliff once he joined Baltimore at the trade deadline. The Orioles are all-in on re-signing Chris Davis and could easily let Parra fall through the cracks. The Mets and Royals have both checked in on Parra this offseason.
Mike Hessman announced his retirement from professional baseball on Saturday.
The 37-year-old slugger is the U.S. all-time leader in minor league home runs with 433. He played in only 109 games in his major league career, the last of which coming in a 32 game stint with the Mets in 2010. For his 19 years in the minor leagues, Hessman slashed .233/.316/.466 with 433 home runs and 1207 RBI in 2095 games. Hessman has indicated that he'll join the coaching ranks, though didn't specify where.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have spoken to free agent outfielder Shane Victorino.
The 35-year-old has dealt with a wide array of injuries that have limited him to just 101 games the past two seasons. When healthy though, he's exactly the type of player that the Tribe could use while Michael Brantley recovers from his injury, a strong defensive outfielder who can play all three positions and who gets on base at an above average clip.