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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Indians are close to finalizing a two-year contract with David Murphy in excess of $10 million.

Murphy is coming off a very disappointing season that saw him bat only .220/.282/.374 for the Rangers, but he hit .291/.356/.445 while averaging nearly 13 homers per season the three years prior. He's a career .280/.347/.469 hitter against right-handed pitching and seems likely to serve on the long side of a platoon in right field with Drew Stubbs, assuming Stubbs isn't non-tendered. If Stubbs doesn't return, Ryan Raburn would be the likely platoon mate with Murphy.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:16:00 PM

Brewers acquired C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Bubba Derby from the Athletics for OF Khris Davis.

Nottingham, who was a sixth-round selection of the Astros and went to the A's in last season's Scott Kazmir deal, gives the Brewers a legitimate catching prospect. The 20-year-old backstop slashed .316/.372/.505 with 17 homers and 82 RBI in 119 games across two minor league levels in 2015, finishing at High-A Stockton.
Feb 12 - 6:53 PM

Athletics acquired OF Khris Davis from the Brewers for C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Bubba Derby.

The Brewers have been looking to deal Davis for awhile now and appear to have received a decent return. Nottingham gives them a legitimate catching prospect whose path could soon be cleared if the club is also successful in dealing Jonathan Lucroy. Davis will provide plenty of power in the middle of the A's lineup, though his fantasy value may take a slight hit with the move away from Miller Park.
Feb 12 - 6:50 PM

Yankees and LHP Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.325 million contract.

The compromise is slightly in Chapman's favor, as it's $275,000 over the midpoint from where the two sides filed at. The flame-throwing 28-year-old southpaw will make up one of the most dominant bullpen trios in the league, joining Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. He's expected to begin the season in the closer's role, though he could face disciplinary action from the league under the new domestic violence policy.
Feb 12 - 6:16 PM

Indians signed RHP Tommy Hunter to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Hunter's ERA was up last season at 4.18, but he had a sub-3.00 mark each of the previous two campaigns after a full-time move to the bullpen. The 29-year-old is recovering from core muscle surgery but should be ready to go by the time Opening Day rolls around.
Feb 12 - 5:31 PM

Major League Baseball has issued a permanent suspension of Jenrry Mejia after a third positive test for a performance-enhancing drug.

It's difficult to comprehend how Mejia let this happen. The reliever previously served an 80-game suspension and was still serving a 162-game suspension for positive tests when he got caught again with Boldenone. He's the first player ever in the majors or minors to receive a lifetime ban for performance-enhancing drugs. Mejia can apply for reinstatement in one year but his suspension must last at least two years. Since there's no precedent, it's hard to know what his chances are of being reinstated. It's quite a fall for a guy who not long ago was serving as the Mets' closer.
Feb 12 - 4:50 PM

Marlins signed LHP Craig Breslow to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com says Breslow will earn $1.5 million if he makes the Opening Day roster. The left-hander attempted to market himself as a starter this winter, but it's unclear whether the Marlins will give him a chance to earn a rotation spot. Either way, he's likely to crack the Opening Day roster. Breslow held a 4.15 ERA over 65 innings for the Red Sox in 2015.
Feb 12 - 4:24 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles' "first choice" as they look to add a hitter is Dexter Fowler.

Baltimore's signing of Yovani Gallardo is expected to be made official soon, and since they've already forfeited a draft pick for that addition, it makes since to keep adding talent. Fowler would fit the Orioles' desire to fortify the lineup with another bat and also a leadoff hitter. If they're unable to lure Fowler, Rosenthal says the club's "backup plan" is a trade for Jay Bruce.
Feb 12 - 4:05 PM

Joe Mauer has revealed that he's occasionally dealt with blurred vision since his concussion issues in 2013.

Mauer noted that bright sunshine has sometimes triggered the blurred vision, which he said, not surprisingly, has affected his pitch tracking. He'll experiment during spring training with sunglasses in hopes that it will help the issue. "I’ve always been kind of weird about my routine when it comes to stepping into the (batter’s) box, but it’s something I’ll give a shot this spring and see if it helps," Mauer said. Mauer's concussion issues forced him to move to first base and it seems obvious that it's also affected his production at the plate, as he's hit .270/.348/.376 the last two seasons after entering 2013 with a career .323/.405/.468 line.
Feb 12 - 3:56 PM

Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com reports that the Padres have tried to trade Matt Kemp this offseason.

There were reports back in early December about the Padres dangling Kemp as they looked to acquire a shortstop. They've since signed Alexei Ramirez, but dealing Kemp and the $86 million left on his contract surely still appeals to San Diego. Whether another club would be willing to take Kemp's big contract on is another question, as the Padres would surely have to pick up a large portion of the deal. Murray was told by one source that the Padres have talked to the A's about Kemp, but Oakland is "not yet willing to pull the trigger."
Feb 12 - 11:23 AM

The agent for Cuban outfielder Lazaro Armenteros, Charles Hairston, said Friday that his client is not close to a decision.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported previously that a decision from "Lazarito" was expected Thursday or Friday of this week, but obviously that's not going to happen. Hairston noted that new teams are in the mix for Armenteros, which could be the reason for the delay. "For a 16 year-old, it’s easy to want to just play ball," Hairston said. "But he wants to do what’s best for his family. He’s being very mature." Hairston offered no hint at a potential timetable for his client's decision. The Padres, Braves, Cubs, Dodgers and Phillies are among the clubs known to have interest.
Feb 12 - 10:16 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are hoping to complete a deal for Yovani Gallardo on Friday.

Heyman indicates that the only hangup at this point is whether the contract will be for three years or three years plus an option. ESPN's Buster Olney reported previously that the deal is expected to be worth $40-45 million. The Orioles were resistant to give up their first-round pick to sign Gallardo, but ultimately they decided they needed a workhorse. Once the contract for Gallardo is completed, the O's are then expected to target a hitter.
Feb 12 - 10:01 AM




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