Byrd, Cameron on similar paths? — 12:00 p.m.
One major league source pointed out Wednesday morning that many of the same teams are interested in both players: The Braves, Angels, Cubs, Yankees, Mariners, Mets and Giants have checked on each of them.
Byrd and Cameron entered the marketplace as center fielders but have drawn interest from teams seeking help in the corners, the source said.
Byrd, 32, has the advantage of being younger than Cameron, who will play at 37 next year.
The Mariners, meanwhile, believe Cameron would be an ideal fit for the expansive left field at Safeco Field, but he hasn't played anywhere other than center since the 2005 season. -- Jon Paul Morosi
Source: Harden would sign 1-year deal — 1:34 p.m.
Rich Harden is drawing interest from a number of teams. On Wednesday afternoon, one source explained why: He is comfortable signing a one-year contract that would give him the opportunity to show that he's healthy before reentering the market next winter.
Much of the interest in Harden has come from the American League, the source said, with the Mariners, Yankees and Red Sox being the most serious contenders.
The Angels are not involved, the source indicated.
A one-year contract for the 28-year-old right-hander would assuredly include a large incentive package. The base salary itself should fall within the range established by other recent starter signings.
Harden's 2009 season was good but not great: 9-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 26 starts for the Cubs. But he has shown that he can dominate AL lineups when healthy, which should work in his favor during negotiations.
It could be argued that his season was at least as impressive as Brad Penny's, and Penny signed a one-year, $7.5 million with the Cardinals.
But Harden might have difficulty topping the roughly $12 million that Andy Pettitte will receive on his one-year deal with the Yankees; Pettitte had the better overall season (and October success) while pitching in the more offensive league. -- Jon Paul Morosi
Have at it baby birds