Matt Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, says of trade, "Everything is OK. We're just waiting on the final details. Should be good to go."
Larry Brown Sports "Troubled former MLB pitcher Brad Halsey was found dead at the base of a cliff on Halloween, and people are still unsure whether his death was suicide or accidental. One thing we know for certain is that Halsey had multiple issues with drugs and likely had mental problems. USA Today’s Josh Peter..." December 18
Hardball Talk "A massive three-team, 11-player trade has officially been agreed upon between the Rays, Padres, and Nationals. Jim Bowden of SiriusXM and ESPN.com was first to post the entire breakdown … RAYS GET … Steven Souza, outfielder, from Nationals Travis Ott, pitcher, from Nationals Rene Rivera,..." December 18
New York Post "The Yankees have not said they are done adding pieces to a revamped bullpen, but it doesn’t appear veteran reliever Jason Grilli will be joining the cast. “We talked to Cash [Brian Cashman], and he said ‘not at the moment,’ ’’ said his agent, the former slugger Gary Sheffield, when asked if the..." December 18
CSN Baltimore "Buck Showalter thinks Manny Machado will be ready to start the 2015 season. He isn’t as certain about Matt Wieters. Machado had right knee surgery last August and Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery in June. “With both of these guys, it will be when and not if. I think if you held a gun up..." December 18
royals and volquez in agreement, $20, 2 yrs.
Hardball Talk "After testing the open market as a free agent Sergio Romo has re-signed with the Giants for two years and $15 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Romo lost the closer job this year and his overall numbers slipped, but he finished the season by allowing just two runs in his..." December 17
Arizona Republic "Wade Miley doesn't want to upset anyone with the Diamondbacks. He spent the first seven seasons of his professional career with them, leaves behind a lot of close friends and says he has no hard feelings. But he also sounded annoyed on Tuesday when addressing questions about his preparation..." December 17
giants, a's, mets, cards, twins among teams to show interest in asdrubal cabrera, who could play 3b or 2b as well as ss
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
SI.com "Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left ring finger damaged during an offseason workout, the team announced Wednesday. Kipnis is expected to be ready at the start of the season, the team said. Kipnis was an All-Star in 2013, when he batted .284..." December 17
ESPN.com "Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis, who was suspended 25 games in September for testing positive for amphetamines, has received clearance from Major League Baseball to use Adderall in the 2015 season, manager Buck Showalter told reporters Tuesday. Davis blamed his violation of MLB's drug..." December 17
Seattle Times "The trade that was debated, discussed and fretted about is done. The Mariners have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs in exchange for right-handed reliever Matt Brazis. To make room for Ruggiano on the 40-man roster, reliever Logan Bawcom has been designated for assignment. “I..." December 17
Hardball Talk "The Matt Kemp-to-the-Padres trade is not yet official. Why? The results of the physical have not yet been approved or rubberstamped or whatever one does with the results of physicals." December 17
New York Post "If Alex Rodriguez makes it back to the playing field — and that won’t be known until the end of spring training — he won’t have much use for a glove and will not be showing off a powerful throwing arm. “[Chase] Headley is the everyday third baseman, and Alex, hopefully, will hit in the DH spot..." December 17
Fox Sports "A scout with whom I speak regularly predicted Tuesday that Josh Hamilton would not open the season as a member of the Angels. I would not go that far. But I would bet that Hamilton does not complete the final three years of his contract with the club. The Angels, according to major-league..." December 17
Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported last week that the Rays had received calls from “about a half-dozen teams” regarding the availability of young outfielder Wil Myers. And it appears the Tampa Bay front office was paying attention to those calls … According to FOX Sports’ Ken..." December 17
New York Daily News "Another day, another reunion. The Yankees signed Chris Capuano to a one-year, $5 million contract, bringing back the lefthander who spent the final two-plus months of 2014 in pinstripes. Capuano isn't going to shift the power in the American League East, but the 36-year-old provides rotation..." December 17
#Angels still trying to bring back IF Gordon Beckham, but negotiations in a holding pattern. Presumably Beckham trying to find everyday job.
USA Today "The Los Angeles Dodgers, who set a major league record with a $241 million payroll last season, are showing little hesitation in swallowing even more money in 2015. The Dodgers on Tuesday designated relief pitcher Brian Wilson for assignment, which means they will eat the $9.5 million they owe..." December 16
New York Daily News "Brian Cashman can’t make Alex Rodriguez go away but on Monday he spent an awful lot of money on Chase Headley to make it clear he doesn’t want A-Rod playing third base for the Yankees anymore. You can understand the GM’s concern; blindly trusting a 39-year-old A-Rod and his two..." December 16
Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays today traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen. Jespen, 30, had a 2.63 ERA for the Angels in 2014 in 74 appearances, 65 of which were scoreless. Joyce, 30, a Tampa Bay area native, hit .254 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 140..." December 16
MLB.com "The Giants might have to engineer a trade to obtain a third baseman, since the supply of capable free agents at that position dwindled sharply Monday. Chase Headley, considered the top third baseman remaining on the open market, agreed to a reported four-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees...." December 16
MLB Blogs "The Marlins have yet to officially announce the free agent signing of Michael Morse, but already the club has received calls from teams interested in Garrett Jones. Morse’s arrival gives the Marlins some flexibility regarding Jones, who suddenly becomes available. Miami may decide to keep..." December 16
Hardball Talk "Gavin Floyd will attempt another comeback, this time in Cleveland after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Indians. Floyd’s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery lasted just nine starts this year when he suffered a fractured elbow and missed the remainder of the season." December 16
CSN Baltimore "The Orioles are in agreement on a one-year contract with free agent left-handed reliever Wesley Wright according to an industry source. The deal is pending a physical. Wright was non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 2. In 58 games with the Cubs in 2014, Wright was 0-3 with a 3.17..." December 16
Capuano will get $5M on the 1-year deal. Back-end-of the rotation type who has also relieved.
Source: The #Padres have signed RHP Brandon Morrow to a one-year contract. Team has not confirmed.
Morrow's deal with the #Padres: $2.5 million guarantee + chance to earn $5 million in bonuses for starting and $1 million for relieving.
ESPN.com "Sandy Alderson suggested Tuesday that the Mets are "unlikely" to bid on South Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang. The GM added there's a "very high" probability Wilmer Flores is the Opening Day shortstop. "We've been looking at it. We've been talking to Alan Nero, who has represented Kang,"..." December 16
Kansas City Star "The Royals’ next right fielder appears to have arrived. Alex Rios, a two-time All-Star who spent last season with the Texas Rangers, is close to signing a one-year, $11 million free-agent contract with the Royals, pending a physical, a source close to the negotiations told The Star on Monday..." December 16
Newark Star-Ledger "Max Scherzer might be too expensive for the Yankees, after all. “I don’t think Yankee fans will be looking at Max Scherzer,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on NBC’s “Sports Final” early Monday morning. At first glance, and even after deep examination, the Yankees and Scherzer,..." December 16
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Marlins President David Samson has been in touch with Pittsburgh Pirates' counterpart Frank Coonelly since his comments about Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million contract. A former senior vice president in the Commissioner's Office, Coonelly told Trib Live Sports the Marlins weren't counting..." December 16
NESN "Jon Lester’s been a busy man recently, but there was no way he was going to forget to call Dustin Pedroia. Lester and the Boston Red Sox second baseman spoke frequently in recent weeks. The free-agent Lester was being courted by multiple teams, and Pedroia obviously wanted a reunion in Boston with..." December 16
Hardball Talk "Great American Ballpark: helping to bankrupt Hamilton County, Ohio AND prematurely falling apart! It’s a win-win. Actually, it’s a win-win-win, because now it’s a job-creator too! Hamilton County has adopted a do-it-yourself approach to fix stadium seats in the Great American Ball Park that are..." December 16
MLB.com "After two years in Oakland, veteran shortstop Jed Lowrie is returning to the Astros. Lowrie, who spent the 2012 season in Houston before being traded to the A's, has signed a three-year contract to play shortstop for the Astros with an option for '18. He will make $23 million over three the..." December 16
Hardball Talk "Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com hears that that the Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jason Motte, pending a physical. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, it’s worth $4.5 million. Motte scuffled in his return from Tommy John surgery this past season, posting a 4.68..." December 16
Yes Network "One long-desired free agent that may be soon be in the Yankees fold is third baseman Chase Headley. On Sunday night, Cashman told WNBC's Bruce Beck that "Chase wants to be a Yankee" and that he "checks off every box" the Yankees want in an infield acquisition, and 12 hours later, FOX Sports' Ken..." December 15
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with left-hander Brett Anderson, with $4m in possible incentives.
CBSSports.com "The Astros and unsigned draftee Jacob Nix have quietly and confidentially come to a monetary settlement over the team's decision to nix an agreed-upon $1.5-million deal that was negotiated but never signed, following last June's first-year player draft. By all accounts, Nix and the Astros had..." December 15
Source confirms: Lowrie agrees to 3-yr, $23M deal with #Astros with 4th-yr option that could push total value to $28M. @EvanDrelich 1st.
Philly.com "Cole Hamels expected the rumors. He heard them last summer, and when Ruben Amaro Jr. informed the veteran Phillies players last September of the team's future direction, a trade appeared even more possible. He remains a Phillie, but during a Sunday interview with SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio,..." December 15
Sources: #Marlins may consider trading Haren if he plans to retire rather than join them. Haren prefers to be with team out west.
Fox Sports "It’s true — the Padres want Justin Upton in addition to Matt Kemp. They’re also looking at other hitters, but one rival executive says the Pads are “all over” Upton, confirming a report by Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Which raises a few questions. Actually, more than a few. What would the Padres be..." December 15