Red Sox rev up with Victorino; Nats, Haren close
"World Series or bust, that's probably the slogan this year. But I'm comfortable with that," Johnson said.
For the Nationals, Red Sox and several other teams, the dollars didn't appear to matter too much.
"It seems like this is a market flush with money," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
The price tag on Hamilton figured to be high. The 2010 AL MVP came to Nashville this week, presumably to talk to potential new teams, though Texas could be his landing spot.
"I expect we will get together relatively soon," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "I keep reading that we've got a deal done. I keep asking the guys in the room who snuck out and did it?"
"We left it as he was going to test the market and once he had an idea of what was out there, then we would talk," he said. "We haven't had that conversation yet."
The Mets and All-Star third baseman David Wright finalized a $138 million, eight-year contract, the largest deal in team history. The sides reached agreement last week, subject to a physical, and Wright planned to talk about it Wednesday at the meetings.
On Sunday, Dickey was at the Opryland Hotel to see a Mets trainer. The knuckleballer will make $5.25 million next year and would like an extension. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson briefly met this week with Dickey's agent, Bo McKinnis.
A trade remains possible.
"Something could happen on either front that would bring this to a conclusion, presumably," Alderson said. "I don't expect that's going to happen today. It may not happen tomorrow. It may not happen in Nashville."
The World Series champion San Francisco Giants kept NL championship series MVP Marco Scutaro, giving the second baseman a $20 million, three-year contract. Arizona reached a one-year deal with veteran utility man Eric Hinske.
Colorado bolstered its bullpen with Lopez. The 29-year-old righty was 6-3 with 10 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 64 games for the Astros. Known for his sharp control, he struck out 54 and walked just eight in 66 1-3 innings.
The 24-year-old White split last season with the Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs. He was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA in 23 games for the Rockies, including 20 starts.
The 23-year-old Gillingham was 6-8 with a 3.66 ERA at Class A Asheville in his first full pro season.
Escobar's stay in Miami barely lasted two weeks. The payroll-cutting Marlins sent him and his $5 million salary across the state for minor league infielder Derek Dietrich.
Escobar was acquired on Nov. 19 in a 12-player trade that sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto. Escobar batted .253 last season with nine homers and 51 RBIs.
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