• Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade

    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 17

  • 2h
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Free-agent RHP Jake Peavy drawing interest from #Marlins, #Braves, #SFGiants. Option for Miami only if Haren retires or is traded.

  • 4h
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    royals and volquez in agreement, $20, 2 yrs.

  • Sergio Romo re-signs with the Giants for $15 million

    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

  • Wade Miley's preparation habits were apparently an issue for Diamondbacks

    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

  • 6h
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    giants, a's, mets, cards, twins among teams to show interest in asdrubal cabrera, who could play 3b or 2b as well as ss

  • MLB releases statement on Cuban relations

    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

  • 5h
    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    If Myers deal goes thru to #Padres, #Rays will spin players to #Nationals to get Intl Lge MVP Steve Souza

  • Indians 2B Jason Kipnis undergoes surgery on finger

    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

  • Suspended 1B Davis cleared to use Adderall

    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

  • Mariners acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs

    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

  • So, apparently we’re sweating the Matt Kemp physical now

    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

  • Cashman: A-Rod is our DH, if he’s anything at all

    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

  • 14h
    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: Ian Desmond remains a possibility for #Mariners in trade talks. #Nationals

  • To trade Hamilton or not to trade him? That is the question for Halos

    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

  • 8h
    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    #Nationals top need is 2B, but have been told Zobrist would not be part of deal from #Rays to Wash

  • Padres, Rays discussing trade involving Wil Myers

    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

  • Yankees re-sign Chris Capuano to one-year, $5 million deal

    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

  • 8h
    Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

    #Angels still trying to bring back IF Gordon Beckham, but negotiations in a holding pattern. Presumably Beckham trying to find everyday job.

  • Dodgers paying $21.5M to have players go away

    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

  • Yankees and Alex Rodriguez set for more drama after Chase Headley signing

    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

  • Rays’ Matt Joyce traded to Angels for relief pitcher

    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

  • Trade looking more likely as Giants eye third-base answer

    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

  • Garrett Jones garnering interest on trade market

    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

  • Indians sign Gavin Floyd

    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

  • Orioles in agreement on one-year deal with Wesley Wright

    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

  • 1d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    brad penny signs minor league deal with active @chisox. @ChrisCotillo 1st

  • 1d
    Jack Curry @JackCurryYES

    Capuano will get $5M on the 1-year deal. Back-end-of the rotation type who has also relieved.

  • 1d
    Joe Frisaro @JoeFrisaro

    Confirmed #Marlins have 2 yr deal pending physical w Morse #Marlins @flasportsbuzz @Ken_Rosenthal

  • 1d
    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    Source: The #Padres have signed RHP Brandon Morrow to a one-year contract. Team has not confirmed.

  • 1d
    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    Morrow's deal with the #Padres: $2.5 million guarantee + chance to earn $5 million in bonuses for starting and $1 million for relieving.

  • GM: Mets unlikely on Kang, Flores likely SS

    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

  • Alex Rios and Royals agree to one year, $11 million

    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

  • Yankees unlikely to sign Max Scherzer

    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

  • Pirates' Prez Coonelly apologies to Marlins over Stanton flap

    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

  • Jon Lester: Phone Call To Dustin Pedroia After Signing Was Hardest To Make

    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

  • The seats at Great American Ballpark are falling apart, but ex-inmates are fixing them

    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

  • Astros sign Lowrie to 3-year deal

    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

  • Cubs agree to one-year deal with reliever Jason Motte

    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

  • Yankees, Chase Headley agree to four-year deal

    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

  • 2d
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with left-hander Brett Anderson, with $4m in possible incentives.

  • Astros and Nix, a top draftee whose deal was canceled, reach settlement

    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

  • 2d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source confirms: Lowrie agrees to 3-yr, $23M deal with #Astros with 4th-yr option that could push total value to $28M. @EvanDrelich 1st.

  • Cole Hamels hoping to play for team 'that wants to win'

    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

  • 2d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Marlins may consider trading Haren if he plans to retire rather than join them. Haren prefers to be with team out west.

  • Padres eyeing another megadeal . . . but is that enough?

    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

  • 2d
    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Bryce Harper receives 2 year, $7.5 million deal, avoiding grievance w #Nats

  • Marlins plan on Stanton to opt out of deal

    CBSSports.com "Earlier this offseason, Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million extension. It's a jaw-dropping figure for sure, but it could only cost the Marlins $107 million over six years. Stanton has an opt-out clause. And, if Pirates president Frank Coonelly is telling the truth..." December 15

  • Jorge Posada and Jose Contreras claim they were victims of scamming financial advisors

    Hardball Talk "Jorge Arangue of Vice Sports has a report up today which details the alleged scamming of two beloved ex-Yankees, Jorge Posada and Jose Contreras. It talks about a lawsuit the two have filed against their former financial advisors, alleging that they were scammed out of millions due to questionable..." December 15

  • 2d
    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Whitesox will trade Viciedo for sure, #Mariners?, now that Melky Cabrera signed 3-year, $42 million deal, as @MLBBruceLevine reported

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