Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Rakuten Golden Eagles are still undecided as to whether Masahiro Tanaka will be posted this offseason.
Tanaka was set to be one of the prized free agents this winter, but a change in the posting system that is expected to be announced next week has changed things considerably. With a rumored $20 million limit on posting fees, it may no longer be worth it for many NPB clubs to post their players.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe believes that re-signing Stephen Drew remains an possibility for the Red Sox.
Abraham cautions detractors not to underestimate how much the Red Sox like the veteran shortstop. His market has been incredibly quiet this winter, and the World Champions would love to bring him back at a discount to provide defensive stability at shortstop while having an insurance policy in case Will Middlebrooks falters at third base.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Jesse Crain remains an option for the Rockies.
Depending on his health, Crain could be one of the most attractive relief pitchers on the free agent market. Renck speculates that Crain could opt to sign later in the offseason, after he's able to have a throwing session to prove he's ready and able to contribute.
According to his agent, Eric Thames has reached an agreement to play for the NC Dinos in Korea next season.
The 26-year-old outfielder was claimed on waivers by the Astros in September after spending the entire 2013 season at Triple-A. He'll look to rebuild his value overseas.
Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com reports that the Diamondbacks made a strong push for Carlos Beltran before he reached an agreement with the Yankees late Friday.
According to Piecoro, the D'Backs also offered a three-year deal, and were north of the $45 million that he settled for with the Yankees. It had been rumored that Beltran had a three-year, $48 million offer in hand, perhaps the Snakes were the mystery team on that offer.
Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Yankees agreement with Carlos Beltran is for three years and $45 million.
It sure didn't take the Yankees long to replace Robinson Cano's bat in the middle of the lineup. With Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki, the Yankees now possess a crowded but extremely talented outfield.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Carlos Beltran has agreed to a three-year deal with the Yankees.
No word yet on the potential terms of the deal, but it's certainly a big step towards filling the void in the Bombers lineup after Robinson Cano's departure. The 36-year-old outfielder joins Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann as new additions to a revamped Yankee lineup.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that several teams are interested in free agent Matt Albers, and at least one has already offered a two-year deal.
According to Hoynes, that two-year deal is believed to be from a division rival, either the Tigers or White Sox. The 30-year-old hurler compiled a 3.14 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 35/23 K/BB ratio over 63 innings in his lone season with the Tribe.