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Angels signed LHP Sean Burnett to a two-year, $8 million contract with a $4.5 million club option for 2015.

Per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Burnett can make an additional $650,000 in 2013 and 2014 based on games pitched. The option vests if he makes 110 appearances between 2013 and 2014. According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, if the option doesn't vest, the Angels can pay him a $500,000 buyout. The 30-year-old southpaw has averaged 71 appearances over the past three seasons. He and Scott Downs will give the Angels a pretty potent left-handed tandem in the bullpen.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 01:22:00 PM

According to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News, the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization will accept the $5 million bid for shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

It's still unclear who the winning team is, though that information should be announced on Saturday. That team will then have an exclusive window to negotiate a contract with Kang. The 27-year-old slashed .356/.459/.739 with 40 homers and 117 RBI over 117 games in the KBO in 2014.
Dec 19 - 11:11 PM

Padres acquired INF Will Middlebrooks from the Red Sox for C Ryan Hanigan.

The 26-year-old slugger has lost a bit of the luster off his top prospect status in recent years, but still possesses plenty of power and should be locked in as the Padres starter at the hot corner. The move from Fenway to Petco certainly diminishes his potential fantasy value though.
Dec 19 - 10:55 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins.

No word yet on the potential return package heading to the Fish in the deal, but both Hunter Strickland and Matt Duffy had been mentioned in trade talks.. McGehee is coming off a terrific season in 2014 where he slashed .287/.355/.357 with 76 RBI in 160 games. With what is available on the market, he's perhaps the best fit both offensively and defensively for the Giants.
Dec 19 - 7:10 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have had trade discussions with the Marlins involving Casey McGehee.

McGehee is suddenly expendable following the addition of Martin Prado. Rosenthal says that reliever Hunter Strickland and infielder Matt Duffy are two Giants players involved in the talks. After spending 2013 in Japan, McGehee won National League Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2014, batting .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI over 160 games.
Dec 19 - 5:44 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that Ross had signed with the Padres but then later retracted it. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued. Signing Ross to be Miguel Montero's backup now allows the Cubs to field offers for Welington Castillo.
Dec 19 - 5:11 PM

Padres acquired OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft from the Braves in exchange for LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot.

The deal, which was reported early Friday morning, has now been made official. Upton is coming off a season in which he batted .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI for the Braves. With the addition of him, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks, the Padres have completely re-tooled their lineup.
Dec 19 - 4:55 PM

Royals signed OF Alex Rios to a one-year, $11 million contract with a mutual option for 2016.

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com says the mutual option is worth $12.5 million. Rios batted just .280/.311/.398 with only four home runs over 521 plate appearances during his walk year. The move from Globe Life Park to Kauffman Stadium won't help, but Rios is worth a shot on a one-year deal. He will turn 34 in February.
Dec 19 - 3:15 PM

Angels acquired 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for RHP Brian Broderick.

Giavotella had been designated for assignment on Thursday. The Angels plan to go with Josh Rutledge at second base after trading away Howie Kendrick, but Giavotella isn't a bad insurance option. The 27-year-old never received a long-term look with the Royals but is a career .305/.378/.438 hitter in the minors.
Dec 19 - 2:54 PM

Marlins acquired INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German.

The Yankees are sending $6 million to the Marlins to help offset the salaries. Prado is expected to play third base for the Marlins, which means Casey McGehee is either headed to the bench or the trade block. Prado's fantasy value obviously takes a big hit going from Yankee Stadium to Marlins Park.
Dec 19 - 2:34 PM

Pirates signed 1B/OF Corey Hart to a one-year contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Hart will receive $2.5 million and have a chance to earn $2.5 million more through incentives. Hart figures to platoon at first base with Pedro Alvarez while providing another option in a loaded Pirates outfield. The 32-year-old batted just .203/.271/.319 with six homers over 68 games in 2014 after missing the 2013 campaign with knee issues. If he proves to be healthy -- which is a big question -- Hart could be a nice gamble on a one-year deal.
Dec 19 - 1:59 PM

Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

The much-discussed deal is now official in the books. Myers, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year, is the big fish here. The young outfielder struggled with a .222/.290/.320 batting line with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games last season, but he's under control through 2019 and is a nice long-term get for the Padres. Shortstop prospect Trea Turner will be the player to be named in the deal but can't officially be announced yet because he was just drafted in June.
Dec 19 - 12:22 PM




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