The Hot Stove burned quite a bit on Friday, as a handful of deals went down throughout Major League Baseball.
The biggest was a swap between the Cardinals and Angels that sent third baseman David Freese and right-handed reliever Fernando Salas to the Halos for center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk.
Other news and notes from across the league:
American League East • Although the Yankees are still interested in retaining second baseman Robinson Cano, the top free agent on the market, they are still addressing other needs and are engaged with five or six other free agents, general manager Brian Cashman said. Here’s a breakdown of who and what the Yankees are looking at.
• MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli answers fans’ questions in her Inbox, including inquiries about the rotation.
• Pitching prospect Alex Meyer is rising in the Twins organization.
• The Indians released their Spring Training schedule.
AL West • The Rangers are searching for another big bat to join Fielder, who will be introduced at a Monday news conference.
• The Angels have to look elsewhere for pitching help with Vargas now in Kansas City.
• A’s prospect Jeremy Barfield is moving from the outfield to the mound.
• Former hitting coach Jim Eppard has returned to the Angels as a Minor League hitting instructor. The Angels also hired Nick Francona, Terry’s son, as a coordinator of Major League intelligence, a role in which he will help Major League player information coach Rick Eckstein in helping to coordinate and build advanced scouting plans for each series.
National League East • The Braves hired former Indians and Rangers general manager John Hart as a senior advisor in the baseball-operations department.
• MLB.com’s Bill Ladson caught up with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo for a Q&A. Among the issues discussed are the club’s organizational depth and potential roster moves.
• New Marlins hitting coach Frank Menechino plans to stress a strong mental approach at the plate.
• Ron Darling agreed to a multi-year contract extension to remain part of SNY’s Mets broadcast team.
NL Central • The Cubs finalized their 2014 coaching staff, highlighted by the hiring of former Major Leaguer Bill Mueller as hitting coach.
• Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario, a 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder, has a bright future.
NL West • MLB.com’s Chris Haft writes that the Giants will sign another starting pitcher relatively soon. The club is still talking with right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, but other options include righties Dan Haren and Bronson Arroyo.
• The Padres announced their Spring Training schedule.