Hot Stove roundup: Betancourt drawing interest
Yankees in pursuit of Tanaka; Pirates, Rangers swap Mikolas, McGuiness
With the new year quickly approaching, the Hot Stove was relatively quiet on Monday. However, a few attention-grabbing tidbits popped up.
Here's a look at some of the day's news and notes from around the league:
• Free-agent infielder Yuniesky Betancourt continues to draw interest from a number of teams. It's even possible he could find a starting role, according to MLBTradeRumors.com. Betancourt had drawn interest from the Marlins this offseason, but with the signing of Casey McGehee, Miami no longer has a need for him.
• The Nationals re-signed second baseman Will Rhymes to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Rhymes hit .274 for Triple-A Syracuse last season. In his big league career with the Tigers (2010-11) and Rays (2012), Rhymes has hit .266 with 29 RBIs in 130 games.
• The Pirates acquired first baseman Chris McGuiness from the Rangers in exchange for right-hander Miles Mikolas. McGuiness was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Shin-Soo Choo on Texas' 40-man roster. Mikolas, who ranked third in the Pacific Coast League with 26 saves for Triple-A Tucson last season, was added to Texas' 40-man roster and will compete for the closer's job after free agent Joe Nathan signed with Detroit.
• The Braves are still in talks with reliever Eric O'Flaherty, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. O'Flaherty had Tommy John surgery in May and is expected to miss the beginning of the season.
• The Yankees continue to show their interest in Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, contacting his representatives. New York is one of the first clubs to make contact with agent Casey Close and could make an offer sometime this week.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.