Hardball Talk "In his latest “Daily Gammons” column, Peter Gammons suggests several GMs expect the Giants to make a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist. Zobrist can play a variety of positions, having logged at least 1,000 defensive innings at second base, right field, and shortstop over his nine-year career,..." December 26
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Second baseman Dan Uggla, who has spent most of his recent years creating a breeze at the plate, has signed a minor league deal with the Nationals with a spring training invite." December 26
AJ Pierzynski received $2M plus performance and award bonuses on #braves deal
ESPN.com "In the spirit of giving, Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister told his over 24,000 Twitter followers to have a drink on him. At a little after noon on Wednesday, Fister tweeted out a scanable barcode good at any Starbucks for a free beverage, but asked that folks limit themselves to just..." December 26
SB Nation "Your Christmas Eve baseball includes a passing of the torch to Troy Tulowitzki, insight into the Matt Kemp trade, and your 2014 World Series champion Royals. Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories,..." December 25
The #Braves and A.J. Pierzynski have reached agreement on a 1 yr. deal Deal is pending a physical. Likely won't be official until early Jan.
#orioles have reached agreement on 1-year deal with OF Delmon Young, pending physical. Was seeking 2 years, but sides reached agreement
Fox Sports "Surprisingly, relatively little has been written or said about the possibility of a Ben Zobrist trade. That should change soon. There’s a decent chance Zobrist will be traded between now and Opening Day, for a number of reasons: • The Tampa Bay Rays’ financial circumstances dictate that..." December 25
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "he Braves checked off another box on their to-do list Wednesday when they agreed to terms with veteran relief pitcher Jason Grilli, who’ll get a two-year contract with a third-year option, said a person familiar with negotiations. Grilli, who turned 38 in November, had a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves..." December 24
New York Post "The organization that talks more about winning-or-bust than any other — maybe more than all the others combined — last year prioritized Derek Jeter’s farewell tour over victories. Let us count the ways: Hal Steinbrenner ordered his re-signing — and at decent money — though Jeter was coming..." December 24
Baltimore Sun "The hot stove likely will be set on simmer and put on the back burner after today for the holidays. The industry usually goes quiet in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. That doesn't mean the Orioles won't continue to survey their options on adding outfielders, which remains their..." December 24
ESPN.com "(Hal) McRae was the most aggressive baserunner of the 1970s, a man who left home plate thinking "double" every time he hit the ball. The rule allowing the second base umpire to call a double play if the runner from first leaves the baseline to take out the pivot man is known informally as the..." December 23
Hardball Talk "Right-hander Jordan Walden, who was acquired from the Braves in the Jason Heyward swap, has avoided arbitration with the Cardinals by agreeing to a two-year contract. Walden’s deal also includes a team option for 2017, which would cover his first year of free agency." December 23
CBSSports.com "While paying especially close attention to the contracts of comparable pitching stars Jon Lester and especially Max Scherzer this winter, Reds ace Johnny Cueto will give the Reds through the winter and spring to try to work something out long-term but plan to cease negotiations once the season..." December 23
Sources: Cuban INF prospect Yoan Moncada still waiting on OFAC clearance & most expect him to start private workouts within next two weeks.
Hardball Talk "In addition to trading Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz to the Padres last week in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin, the Dodgers agreed to pay $32 million of the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract. Ronald Blum of the Associated Press has a breakdown of the payments..." December 23
Yahoo! Sports "Starting pitcher Josh Johnson agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the San Diego Padres that includes incentives that could net him an additional $6.25 million, sources with knowledge of the deal told Yahoo Sports. The deal is pending a physical, though the Padres are familiar with the..." December 23
San Jose Mercury News "Marco Scutaro had back surgery on Sunday, possibly ending his Giants career. Scutaro will be rehabbing for four to six months, general manager Brian Sabean said, and then doctors will reevaluate his ability to continue playing baseball. The 39-year-old infielder had just 13 plate appearances..." December 23
San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres are believed to have at least some interest in Phillies ace Cole Hamels, a left-hander and native San Diegan who could put their rotation over the top. But, for now, it doesn’t appear that General Manager A.J. Preller will be flipping another just-acquired player in his ongoing..." December 23
dan haren said to be holding out hope for trade to angels or padres. why not? SD has acquired everyone else!
Fox Sports North "Phil Hughes was the lone bright spot in the Minnesota Twins' rotation in 2014. Now the right-hander is being rewarded. The Twins on Monday announced they have restructured Hughes' contract and extended him through the 2019 season. He will be paid $9.2 million per year in 2015 and 2016, and..." December 22
ESPN New York "Darryl Strawberry did the work, but now you can collect his money from the New York Mets. Next month, the Internal Revenue Service is auctioning off the remaining annuity from the deferred compensation Strawberry agreed to when he signed a six-year contract with the Mets almost 30 years ago,..." December 22
CBSSports.com "The Mets maintain interest in Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but it's clear there's a major gap to bridge in negotiations between the teams, with differences in ideas of player compensation and financial considerations, as well. Meantime, a couple other teams -- including the rival..." December 22
pirates won bidding for kang
Source: #Nationals have signed Heath Bell to a minor league deal that includes invite to spring training.
Hardball Talk "Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that the Giants and Red Sox are still “in the picture” for free agent starter James Shields, adding that the Yankees are another possible suitor. According to Cafardo’s source, Shields is expected to fetch five years and around $110 million. It was..." December 22
Philly.com "The Padres have had discussions about trading for San Diego native Cole Hamels with new outfielder Wil Myers as potential bait, according to a baseball source. The Padres have been baseball’s busiest team since the Winter Meetings ended in San Diego earlier this month, acquiring three starting..." December 22
Boston Globe "How the new diplomatic relationship between the United States and Cuba will affect baseball, no one really knows. There’s been a lot of speculation. Mostly positive. And that’s the way it should be. But what doesn’t make sense is that Cuba, which loves baseball, will suddenly become like the..." December 22
Newark Star-Ledger "In the immediate aftermath of the Phillies finalizing a trade sending shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it doesn't appear that the organization is anywhere close to being finished wheeling and dealing. The next veteran out the door could very well be former MVP first baseman..." December 21
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
San Francisco Chronicle "The mound at AT&T Park is going to remain a very loud place every fifth day. Jake Peavy and his unbounded energy will be back for 2015 and 2016. The Giants reached agreement Friday with the free-agent right-hander on a two-year, $24 million contract, once again sticking with a player who helped..." December 21
CSN Philly "Jimmy Rollins’ departure from Philadelphia began with a rumor that the Yankees were interested in acquiring him. That led to a text message from Rollins’ agent, Dan Lozano, to Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Lozano told Amaro that Rollins, who had full no-trade rights, would OK a..." December 21
New York Post "The Yankees already have said that Alex Rodriguez will not be their third baseman. But just as interesting is that if he is not healthy enough to play in 2015, the Yanks are currently planning to use the roster space to go with platoons at both second base and shortstop. If A-Rod makes the..." December 21
Hardball Talk "Scott Miller of Bleacher Report is reporting that Petco Park will likely be the host of the 2016 All-Star Game. An announcement is expected to come in January. As Miller noted in a reply on Twitter, this will be an odd instance in which one league hosts the midsummer festivities in back-to-back..." December 20
The #Dodgers have released Brian Wilson, whom they recently DFA'd.
Page Six "Derek Jeter isn’t having any luck when it comes to buying his own baseball team. “There are no teams available,” says Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino. “Jeter is telling people he is modeling his post-baseball career after Michael Jordan’s,” a reference to the NBA great’s purchase of..." December 20
Detroit News "Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski got a text message from Justin Verlander prior to the Winter Meetings last week. "He said, 'I'm totally committed to being the best pitcher I possibly can,'" Dombrowski said. "He said, 'I was not happy with my year last..." December 20
MLB Daily Dish "The Pirates have signed Corey Hart to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Hart can earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives to push the deal's total potential value to $5 million. Hart, 32, spent last season with the Mariners, hitting .203/.271/.319..." December 19
Tireball "The Kansas City Royals have signed Alex Rios to an $11 million deal. While this deal rivals the Braves giving Nick Markakis $44 million over four seasons it is at-least not that bad because Rios will be earning just 25% of what Markakis will. I have often shyed away from saying that players are..." December 19
Hardball Talk "The Hot Stove sleeps for no one. Not even you California people who won’t read this until it has been up for three hours. And you are the ones who will care about the most as it concerns your Giants who, Ken Rosenthal reports, have signed Jake Peavy to a two-year, $24 million deal. Jerry..." December 19
New York Post "The Yankees are close to bolstering their biggest question mark. The team is finalizing a deal with the Marlins on a deal that would send Martin Prado and David Phelps to the Marlins for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and first baseman Garrett Jones plus power pitching prospect Domingo German, The..." December 19
Sources: David Ross to #Cubs, two years, $5M.
The Score "The San Diego Padres now have a Big 3 to fill out spacious Petco Park. Multiple reports said Friday the club has traded for Atlanta Braves slugger Justin Upton, capping a wild 48 hours that saw the Padres deal for a trio of power-hitting outfielders. It remains unclear who the Braves will..." December 19
ESPN New York "The Mets and Rockies have engaged in some talks this offseason regarding Troy Tulowitzki, but a well-placed source told ESPNNewYork.com the chances of something ever materializing are 5 percent at best. No talks are believed to have been overly recent. And an insider said the Mets fans..." December 19