Executives, field managers, players, agents and reporters will begin to gather at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville tomorrow to kick off the Winter Meetings. Here is a quick round-up of relevant rumors from around the league:
- Even after signing B.J. Upton to a multi-year deal, the Braves are interested in outfielders Shane Victorino, Cody Ross, and Ryan Ludwick (AJC).
- The Braves are also trying to acquire Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks, but Arizona wants SS Andrelton Simmons in return (FOX Sports).
- The Reds have had informal discussions with the agents for Angel Pagan (Cincinnati Enquirer).
- The Phillies have also expressed interest in Pagan, who they've been speaking to "for weeks," (ESPN), and it's believed they along with the Giants have offered Pagan a four-year deal (FOX Sports).
- The Cubs have spoken to Scott Boras about Michael Bourn (ESPN).
- Nick Swisher has drawn interest from the Red Sox, Orioles, Mariners and Rangers (USA Today) - he would reportedly play for any team.
- The Rockies think Ramon Hernandez will have a bounce-back season in 2013, and so for now, he will not be made available (Denver Post).