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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians general manager Chris Antonetti is scheduled to talk to agent Dan Lozano about two of his clients, closers Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson.

The Indians released Chris Perez after the season and are considering Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw as in-house replacements, but they are also willing to look to the free agent market. Rodney wasn't nearly as untouchable in 2013, posting a 3.38 ERA while blowing eight saves. Wilson posted a 0.66 ERA in 18 appearances with the Dodgers this year after making it back from Tommy John surgery. Both have a good chance to land multi-year contracts in free agency.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 04:07:00 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 and RHP David Phelps from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German.

The deal was reported earlier Friday and is now official. 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

Brandon Beachy's agent, Robert Martin, told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that the Rangers are among the teams showing interest in his client.

"Several teams are still reviewing his medicals," Martin said via e-mail. "I do not think a decision is imminent, but he does have multiple offers." Beachy, who is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, was non-tendered by the Braves earlier this month. He probably won't contribute much in the first half next season, but Beachy holds a career 3.23 ERA over 46 starts and is worth a gamble on an incentive-laden deal.
Dec 19 - 12:09 PM

Dodgers acquired SS Jimmy Rollins and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Zach Eflin and LHP Tom Windle.

They had to wait for the Matt Kemp trade to become official (which it did Thursday night), as Eflin was part of the package the Dodgers got from the Padres. Rollins makes for a nice one-year option for the contending Dodgers, as he's coming off a nice 2014 season that saw him bat .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI while also played pretty good defense at shortstop. The Phillies are sending $1 million to the Dodgers in the deal.
Dec 19 - 11:28 AM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are closing in on a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks.

The Padres' re-tooling continues. Middlebrooks is just a career .237/.284/.411 hitter, but he's slugged 34 homers over 894 plate appearances and gives San Diego more right-handed power potential. The Padres can now put Yangervis Solarte in a utility role where he belongs. Hanigan will share catching duties with Christian Vazquez in Boston.
Dec 19 - 10:56 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres will acquire Justin Upton from the Braves.

A.J. Preller has struck again. The Padres general manager planned to add offense over the winter and has now traded for Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton and Derek Norris within the span of a few weeks. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Padres will also receive a low-level prospect, with the Braves getting Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith. Fried underwent Tommy John surgery in August but was one of the game's top pitching prospects before blowing out his elbow.
Dec 19 - 9:43 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets and Rockies "have been quietly discussing" a potential Troy Tulowitzki trade for weeks.

He adds that pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard "is said to be the centerpiece of discussions" of the package that would head to the Rockies. However, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the two teams have talked all offseason but no traction has been gained. A source told him he thinks the chances of the two sides completing a deal are "5-10 percent." In other words, nothing has really changed here.
Dec 19 - 8:57 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jake Peavy has re-signed with the Giants on a two-year, $24 million contract.

Peavy gets a $4 million signing bonus and will then earn $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. The Giants also gave the veteran right-hander a full no-trade clause. Peavy thrived for the Giants down the stretch after coming over in a trade from the Red Sox, posting a 2.17 ERA across 12 starts. He'll turn 34 in May but should still have a couple decent years left as long as he can remain healthy.
Dec 19 - 8:36 AM




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