A few notes and links at the end of the day.
• Jon Heyman reports that qualifying offer to free agents must be at least $13.3 million. In order to receive compensation for a departing free agent, the Yankees will have to offer at least that much. Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano seem like good bets.
• Scott Boras continues to set the expectation that Soriano will opt out of his contract. This was pretty much a perfect storm for Soriano, who could capitalize on his strong season to try to land another multi-year deal.
• Joel Sherman looked at the possibility of extending Robinson Cano’s current contract. Sherman says there’s no reason to expect a hometown discount for Cano, who’s said to be seeking a 10-year deal to be paid as one of the elite players in the game.
• The Marlins have pulled off a three-team trade to send Heath Bell to the Diamondbacks. Bell’s name came up in early trade speculation about possibly sending Alex Rodriguez to Miami.
• Speaking of the Diamondbacks: Their manager, Kirk Gibson, said today that he thinks Arizona could be interested in trading for Rodriguez. Of course, that’s a manager talking. Have to expect a manager — especially one with out a third baseman — to leave that sort of option open.
• Still looks like the Red Sox are planning to hire John Farrell — not Tony Pena — as their next manager.
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