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
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 22
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 22
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 22
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 22
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
CBSSports.com "Just over five months ago I was sitting in Minneapolis for the All-Star Game discussing how the Oakland Athletics were represented by six members of the AL All-Star team -- and one on the NL, as they had recently traded for NL All-Star Jeff Samardzija. With catcher Derek Norris now having been..." December 19
MLB Trade Rumors "1:57pm: The Angels formally announced the deal. Right-hander Brian Broderick will be sent to the Royals to complete the transaction. Broderick, 28, has just 11 big league appearances to his credit with all of them coming in 2011. He was recently signed out of the Mexican League by..." December 19
Source: Padres nearing a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to Boston for Will Middlebrooks.
ESPN.com "Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will receive a salary of about $6 million annually in retirement, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. Selig, 80, took over running MLB as chairman of the executive council in 1992 after helping force commissioner Fay Vincent's resignation, was..." December 19
New York Daily News "The sun had not yet come up on Aug. 5 when federal drug agents arrived at most of the Biogenesis defendants’ South Florida homes to take the men into custody. The defendants were transported to Drug Enforcement Administration headquarters near Fort Lauderdale for processing, while media outlets..." December 19
Dallas Morning News "The Rangers have expressed interest in free-agent right-hander Brandon Beachy, his representative said. Beachy is recovering from Tommy John surgery “Several teams are still reviewing his medicals,” Robert Martin said in an e-mail message. “I do not think a decision is imminent, but he does..." December 19
ESPN New York "Yankees president Randy Levine confirmed Thursday that the team is highly unlikely to bid on right-hander Max Scherzer, the top starting pitcher in this offseason's free-agent crop. "The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,''..." December 19
ESPN.com "The Oakland Athletics have traded starting catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres, sources told ESPN.com's Buster Olney on Thursday. Norris, in his third MLB season, posted career highs in 2014 of .270 in batting average with 10 homers and 55 RBIs for the A's. It was part of a busy..." December 19
It appears Dodgers and Padres have worked through lingering issues. They are all but done with the Kemp trade. Rollins coming from Philly.
david ross is signing with padres
CBSSports.com "The Padres' deals to acquire Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and others are just about to be announced while they've also reportedly acquired catcher Derek Norris. A quick once-over says new general manager A.J. Preller likely isn't done reshaping this ballclub. Let's check it out. Catcher The future..." December 19
Source: Medlen two-year deal with #Royals worth $8.5M - $2M, $5.5M plus $10M mutual option with $1M buyout if either party declines.
CBSSports.com "Ichiro Suzki, the Japanese outfield sensation who's 41, is receiving some consideration from the Orioles. Ichiro, who is hoping to play to reach the coveted 3,000 hits in Major League Baseball, is 156 hits short and looking for a job, and the Orioles seek another outfielder." December 18
Mississippi News "It is a sad day for the Madison Central community. Local law enforcement has confirmed that 2010 MLB first round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed late Wednesday night. He was 23 years old. According to FOX 5 in Atlanta (http://bit.ly/1wIDxJ3), Bolden was the victim of an incident at..." December 18
should be big deal announced sometime soon, perhaps tonite. the wil myers, 11-plsyer, 3-team extravaganza is still a go.
The holdup in Matt Kemp trade is because the physical revealed arthritis in both hips. The #Padres continue to consult medical experts.
josh johnson headed back to padres. base expected to be a bit less than $2M with incentives that can take him back to $8M.
CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central League informed ace pitcher Kenta Maeda on Thursday he will not be posted this offseason, according to The Japan Times. Maeda, who has expressed his desire to pitch in the majors, will not be a free agent until after the 2017 season." December 18