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Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Saturday that the team does not plan to talk to free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

The Giants have talked to James Shields this winter, so there were some rumblings that they may have some interest in Scherzer as well, but it appears that they have no desire to entertain the massive payday that he is looking to find. With the Yankees also out on Scherzer, his market for potential destinations appears to be dwindling.
Dec 20 - 3:36 PM

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Nick Hundley has a two-year offer on the table from another team, making a return to the Orioles unlikely.

The O's had been hoping to re-sign the veteran backstop to a one-year deal as an insurance policy behind Matt Wieters. In 218 at-bats between the Padres and Orioles in 2014, Hundley hit .243/.273/.358.
Dec 20 - 2:21 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Phillies could have interest in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Phillies have a large vacancy to fill at the shortstop after dealing Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, and Cabrera is one of the top names available on the free agent market. According to Crasnick though, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would first have to shed some payroll to create the requisite flexibility to add the veteran infielder.
Dec 20 - 1:03 PM

Indians signed LHP Scott Downs to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 38-year-old southpaw posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 25/20 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the White Sox and Royals in 2014. Once considered one of the top left-handed specialists in the game, Downs represents a nice low-risk signing for the Indians.
Dec 20 - 12:56 PM

Pirates released RHP Josh Lindblom.

Lindblom was designated for assignment by the team last week, just a few days after he was claimed off waivers from the Athletics. He'll reportedly head to the Korean Baseball Organization where he's expected to sign with the Lotte Giants.
Dec 20 - 12:46 PM

Rangers released RHP Ben Rowen.

Rowen was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Rangers and has now been given his outright release. The 26-year-old should attract interest from teams looking for bullpen help and shouldn't be out of work for long.
Dec 20 - 12:44 PM

Nationals signed INF/OF Mark Minicozzi to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old had a terrific season at Triple-A Fresno in 2014, slashing .298/.400/.470 with 12 homers and 62 RBI in 89 games. He has never made it to the major league level, but could have a chance to latch on in a bench role with the Nationals due to his versatility.
Dec 20 - 12:43 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Luis Castillo and RHP Kendry Flores from the Giants for INF Casey McGehee.

The 22-year-old right-hander has a live arm and consistently sits in the mid-90's with his fastball. He made his American debut in 2014 with Class-A Augusta where he posted a 3.07 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 66/25 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings while recording 10 saves.
Dec 20 - 10:15 AM

Marlins acquired RHP Kendry Flores and RHP Luis Castillo from the Giants for INF Casey McGehee.

The 23-year-old hurler has a good feel for pitching and pinpoint command and is coming off a 2014 campaign where he registered a 4.09 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 112/32 K/BB ratio in 105 2/3 frames at High-A San Jose. He should begin the 2014 season at Double-A.
Dec 20 - 10:14 AM

Giants acquired INF Casey McGehee from the Marlins for RHP Kendry Flores and RHP Luis Castillo.

The 32-year-old third baseman may seem like an underwhelming addition to replace Pablo Sandoval at the hot corner for the Giants, but if he can replicate the .287/.355/.357 that he hit in 2014 while playing solid defense, he'll win over Giants fans. Just don't expect much from a fantasy perspective, as his power was non-existent in Miami.
Dec 20 - 10:14 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Padres are not the winning bidder on Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

The Padres have made waves in recent days with some massive acquisitions, so it's only natural that they would have been rumored to be in the mix here as well. The team that will have the exclusive negotiating window to work out a deal with Kang should be announced at some point on Saturday.
Dec 20 - 9:20 AM

C.J. Nitkowski of Fox Sports One believes that the Padres could be the winning bidder for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

The Nexen Heroes announced late Friday that they accepted the highest bid on Kang, just over $5 million. According to Nitkowski, the Padres have been focused on adding right-handed power, and Kang certainly fits that bill. He would continue a massive overhaul to the entire roster this winter.
Dec 20 - 9:12 AM

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

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

The veteran backstop had a rough season offensively in 2014 but is universally praised for his defensive prowess. He'll share time behind the dish with Christian Vazquez in Boston.
Dec 19 - 10:53 PM



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