Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Rangers are not likely to trade SS Elvis Andrus.
Rosenthal noted that while the Rangers would be willing to trade "any shortstop" in the right deal, the team believes that Andrus is going to have a big year and would be somewhat reticent to move him. Beyond Andrus, the Rangers have Jurickson Profar and Louis Sardinia to dangle if something catches their eye.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have discussed the possibility of trading for LHP Wade Miley.
The Marlins are in the market for a veteran starter and could potentially trade Nathan Eovaldi (4.37 ERA in 199+ innings in 2014) or another pitching prospect. Last season with the Diamondbacks, Miley was 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA and a 183/75 K/BB ratio in 201+ innings.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that "at least six teams" have interest in free agent LHP Jon Lester.
The three teams known to have met with the free agent are the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. Rosenthal also wrote that the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Royals "have interest" in Lester. He speculated that the Yankees could possibly jump into the mix, but at this point, that's just speculation. The Red Sox reportedly offered Lester a six-year deal worth between $110 and $120 million.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Rangers have been in contact with the Braves regarding OF Justin Upton.
We're guessing that a lot of teams have been in contact with the Braves, given that they just shipped Jayson Heyward to the Cardinals. Upton is in a similar situation to Heyward in that he is a year away from free agency. According to Rosenthal, the Rangers are open to trading prospects in lieu of paying in free agency. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Braves will be asking a higher price for Upton than they did for Heyward.
Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang met with the Kia Tigers in an attempt to secure permission to pitch for the Twins.
Yang's Korean team, the KIA Tigers, can choose whether or not to accept the Twins' winning bid for the lefty. Yang and the Tigers met on Sunday in an attempt to come to agreement. According to Yonhap News of Korea, the Tigers are not pleased with the size of the posting fee, which is rumored to be in the range of $700,000-$1.5 million. The Tigers have four days to decide whether or not to accept it. Should it be accepted, the Twins have a 30-day window to negotiate with Yang. Should it be rejected, Yang cannot be posted again until November of 2015. Yang put up a 4.25 ERA last season.