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Chris Sale delivered eight shutout innings Saturday to lead the White Sox past the Twins 7-0.

Sale carved his way easily through the punchless Minnesota lineup, allowing only five hits and two walks while fanning 12 batters. He's now 10-1 on the season with a brilliant 1.88 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 122/19 K/BB ratio in 110 innings. The ace left-hander will face the Twins again next week and should dominate.
Jul 26 - 9:46 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Padres have acquired Derek Norris from the Athletics.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the Padres are also getting pitching prospect Seth Streich and an international signing slot, while the A's will receive Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. It's yet another big trade made by general manager Billy Beane, who has decided to shake up the roster after another brief playoff appearance. An All-Star in 2014, Norris batted .270/.361/.403 with 10 homers for the A's last season. He's not eligible for arbitration until after 2015. Hahn is a big get for the A's and should be able to slide into Jeff Samardzija's rotation spot nicely. Alvarez could eventually be a closer candidate in Oakland.
Dec 18 - 8:59 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Padres "have worked through lingering issues" and the Matt Kemp trade is "all but done."

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier Thursday that the holdup with the Kemp trade was due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips. Despite the revelation, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne says the Dodgers will not have to give up any more than the $32 million they originally agreed to. The Padres will also receive Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers, with the Dodgers receiving Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Eflin will then be flipped to the Phillies for Jimmy Rollins.
Dec 18 - 8:33 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week.
Dec 18 - 5:57 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent Ichiro Suzuki is "receiving some consideration" from the Orioles.

Baltimore is currently in the mix for a number of free agent outfielders, including Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and Delmon Young. Ichiro batted just .284/.324/.340 in 143 games this past season for the Yankees. He turned 41 years old in late October.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 18 - 3:57 PM

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM, the bidding for Jung-Ho Kang will close Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

Kang was officially posted by the Korea Baseball Organization's Nexen Heroes on Monday and is expected to command a posting fee in the $5-15 million range. These are blind bids, and the team that comes in highest will get exclusive negotiating rights to work out a major league contract with the 27-year-old infielder -- a contract that could cost over $20 million. Kang batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games this past season in the KBO.
Dec 18 - 3:42 PM

Royals signed RHP Kris Medlen to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017.

Atlanta non-tendered Medlen earlier this month to avoid paying him nearly $6 million in 2015 via salary arbitration. He's recovering from a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be ready by Opening Day for the Royals, but the 29-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 512 2/3 career major league innings. It's a worthwhile risk for Kansas City at only $8.5 million guaranteed.
Dec 18 - 3:18 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are in "active" Allen Craig trade talks with at least one team.

Craig batted just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the July 31 trade that sent he and Joe Kelly from the Cardinals to the Red Sox for John Lackey. Craig hasn't been the same since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury late in the 2013 season and he's owed $26.5 million over the next three years. Boston probably won't be able to get much in return.
Dec 18 - 2:21 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this week that Matt Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for Opening Day.

Wieters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-June and that procedure usually requires 8-10 months of recovery time for position players. "I think Manny [Machado] makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter," Showalter said. "But we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind."
Dec 18 - 10:51 AM

According to Jim Allen of the Kyodo News, the Hiroshima Carp have informed right-handed starter Kenta Maeda that he will not be posted this offseason.

Maeda has been wanting to pitch in Major League Baseball for a couple of years, but he can't become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2017 season and his Japanese club is not willing to let him go early. There was talk in October that the 26-year-old would be able to command upwards of $130 million if posted this winter. He owns a terrific 2.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 1,303 1/3 career innings for Hiroshima.
Dec 18 - 9:13 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins, Braves and Giants have all shown interest in free agent Jake Peavy.

The Marlins' interest is contingent on Dan Haren following through with his inclination to retire after being dealt away from the west coast. Both the Braves and Giants are looking for pitching, with the Giants having missed out on a number of big-ticket free agents thus far this winter. Peavy had a 4.11 ERA this past season and shouldn't cost a team too much in terms of dollars or years.
Dec 17 - 7:18 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have struck a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent starter Edinson Volquez.

Volquez drew quite a bit of interest on the open market this winter after posting an impressive 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140/71 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings this past season for the Pirates. But he was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, so the Royals are taking a risk here that the sudden turnaround was legitimate.
Dec 17 - 5:40 PM




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