Hot news and cool rumors around the Hot Stove, as we give thanks for more Thanksgiving memories:
Cora corralled by Mets
Infielder Alex Cora re-signed with the Mets, agreeing to a 2010 contract for the same $2 million he earned last season when the 34-year-old hit .251 in 82 games, before being sidelined with ligament damage in both thumbs.
Contreras makes Japanese connection
The belief that free-agent right-hander Jose Contreras is considering resuming his career in Japan became more believable after a recent meeting and bullpen tryout session for officials of the Softbank Hawks of the country's Pacific League.
Bucs land Ledezma
Left-hander Wil Ledezma, who last season had 40 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings at three Minor League stops in the Washington and Toronto organizations, agreed to a Minor League deal with Pittsburgh. Ledezma, 28, has pitched in the Major Leagues in parts of the last seven seasons with five different teams, including five relief appearance for the Nationals in 2009.
Duchscherer suitors keep growing
For someone who sat out all of 2009, right-hander Justin Duchscherer's free-agent popularity continues to grow, with the Pirates the latest to show interest, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Duchscherer is coming back from hip surgery and a bout with depression that interrupted his rehabilitation.
Cards re-sign LaRue, add Gotay
Veteran catcher Jason LaRue has signed a 2010 contract with the Cardinals, who also reached an agreement with Minor League free agent Ruben Gotay. LaRue batted .240 while driving in six runs in 104 at-bats as the Cards' back-up receiver in 2009.
Catching up with the Mets
Chris Coste, who batted .224 in 205 at-bats last season between the Phillies and the Astros, has reached a 2010 agreement with the Mets that includes a provision that he must be placed on their 40-man roster, according to an online report. And the Mets are nearing a deal with another catching veteran, Henry Blanco, according to FoxSports.com.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Change for a Nickel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.