Yankees talk to agents for Pettitte, Matsui

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In additional to picking up Curtis Granderson, Yankees GM Brian Cashman worked on bringing back a couple of his own free agents today in meetings with the agents for Andy Pettitte and Hideki Matsui.
According to the New York Times, Cashman met with Pettitte’s agent, Randy Hendricks, twice. Reports Monday indicated that the Yankees were preparing an offer to Pettitte worth in excess of $10 million.
Cashman told MLB.com that he sees Matsui strictly as a DH, but he didn’t rule out bringing him back.
There were no meetings Tuesday with agent Scott Boras, who represents Johnny Damon. The Yankees are believed to prefer Damon to Matsui if they re-sign one of the two, but Damon would demand the bigger deal and he is a bit less necessary now with Granderson in the fold.

Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord

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John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.

The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.

Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.

The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.

Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.

Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.