MLB Rumors per ESPN Insider: With the Yankees seeking starting pitching, the White Sox are expected to trade right-hander Freddy Garcia to make room for Brandon McCarthy in their rotation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Garcia told the Sun-Times in August that the Yanks are one of the organizations he would like to play for if he is moved. White Sox could try to acquire Alex Rodriguez if Joe Crede isn’t healthy, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Crede will seek a second opinion this month about the two herniated discs in his lower back, and then make a decision on possibly having surgery. “Every time you mention Rodriguez’s name, it seems like our name also comes up,” manager Ozzie Guillen told the newspaper. “This kid is one of the best in the game. I don’t know the exact direction we’re going at this point because we’re not sure about the Joe Crede situation.” Yankee General manager Brian Cashman has said they have not received any offers regarding A-Rod.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the Florida Marlins have interest in Pirates Center Fielder Chris Duffy. The Buzzontheburgh has received some insight on this rumor and has learned the Pirates are indeed trying to trade Duffy and have had minor discussions with the Marlins but talks most likely will be put off until the winter meetings. The Pirates are very high on Marlins first baseman Mike Jacobs, who hit .262 with 20 homers and 77 RBI. Jacobs is a player not many know about on David Littlefields wish list this off-season but it will take more than Duffy to land the young first baseman. The Buzzontheburgh has also learned that your Bucco’s are going to make a serious run at Texas Rangers center fielder Gary Matthews Jr, via free agency.