A roundup of headlines from around the league.
A report in the New York Daily News yesterday said Derek Lowe and the Mets are far enough along in negotiations that it's feasible to believe a deal could be reached between Christmas and the new year. ... After missing out on Mark Texiera, Corey Patterson, Jose Castillo, Jorge Sosa, Gustavo Chacin and Gustavo Molina were signed to minor league deals by the Nationals. ... Phillies catcher Ronny Paulino is still hefting a 1.076 OPS in the Dominican, with seven home runs and a 20/21 K/BB ratio. ... The Phillies signed 24-year-old right-hander Santo Hernandez from the independent United Baseball League. ... Carson sat down with Chad Durbin for a fireside chat. ... Pitchinforbaseball.org is seeking gently used baseball equipment in an effort to bring baseball to underserved communities around the world.