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The Orioles, Reds and Mariners are "among possibilities" for Norichika Aoki, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Aoki was previously reported to be talking with the O's, but the other two teams are new potential destinations for the 32-year-old. Heyman speculates Aoki will likely get a two- or three-year deal worth $7-8 million annually. Alex Rios landing in Kansas City means Aoki will almost surely be with a new team -- somewhere -- in 2015.
Dec 17 - 11:43 PM

Hideki Okajima has signed with Japan's Yokohama BayStars, according to his agents.

Okajima had expressed interest in returning to the majors next season, but apparently the interest wasn't great enough to lure him back to the states. Okajima had a 2.11 ERA over 44 appearances in Japan this past season.
Dec 17 - 9:36 PM

Athletics released RHP Jorge De Leon.

De Leon was designated for assignment last week to make room on the Athletics' 40-man roster. The 27-year-old reached the majors with the Astros in 2014 and should catch on somewhere as bullpen depth.
Dec 17 - 8:46 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports he's hearing Seth Smith's name often in trade talks.

With the recent deals for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers the Padres suddenly have an excess of outfielders. Smith got off to a great start to his 2014 season before finishing with a .266/.367/.440 line. Smith, 32, is due $6 million next season and is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017, so he could be an attractive option for a team in need of left-handed power in the corner outfield or at first base.
Dec 17 - 8:00 PM

A Padres official told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the team is "still inconclusive" in its evaluation of Matt Kemp's physical.

The official also said the trade is "not yet" in jeopardy, and Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers have been told nothing in regards to concerns about the physical. The Padres were supposed to meet Wednesday to discuss the physical in advance of Thursday's deadline to complete the deal. There's certainly cause for concern that the trade won't be completed as-is, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything shakes out.
Dec 17 - 7:54 PM

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

Diamondbacks and RHP David Hernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Hernandez underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and missed the entire 2014 season, but he should be ready about a month into the 2015 campaign. The 29-year-old reliever was eligible for arbitration for the third and final time. He can become a free agent next offseason.
Dec 17 - 6:46 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
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the three-team Wil Myers trade is "done."

Bowden has the breakdown of who's heading where: Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross will go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes will go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers will go to the Rays (with Ott and Souza coming from the Nats). All the players involved need to pass physicals before the trade can be made official.
Dec 17 - 5:33 PM

Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner could be headed to the Nationals in the three-team Wil Myers trade.

Here's how Ken Rosenthal breaks it down, per a source: Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross would go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitcher Jose Castillo would go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers would head to the Rays (with Souza and Ott coming from the Nats). Turner, the 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft, batted .323/.406/.448 in 69 games this past season between two levels of Low-A ball. He'll have to be called a player to be named later in the swap because he signed with the Padres less than six months ago.
Dec 17 - 5:19 PM

Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

The expectation is that Markakis will be able to begin baseball-related activities by mid-February, but the Braves are probably going to take it easy on him in camp this spring just to be safe. The 31-year-old outfielder signed a four-year, $44 million free agent contract with Atlanta in early December. He'll be the team's leadoff man and right fielder in 2015.
Dec 17 - 4:43 PM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are "down to two scenarios" for a Wil Myers trade.

One of those scenarios involves the Nationals, but the Rays are still waiting to hear if Washington is in or out. Topkin says Tampa Bay is currently set to give up Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and two lower-level minor leaguers to get Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers back from the Padres. Then some more players -- possibly Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner -- would be moved in a third branch of the deal. There should be a resolution to this whole thing by Thursday.
Dec 17 - 4:40 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels expects Martin Perez (elbow) to be ready around the 2015 All-Star break.

Daniels watched video of Perez throwing on Wednesday and noted that the left-hander was making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Perez had the procedure in May, and full recovery usually takes close to 15 months. He could carry some fantasy value in the second half of the 2015 season.
Dec 17 - 4:10 PM

Blue Jays signed OF Ryan Kalish to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.

Kalish elected to become a free agent at the beginning of November. A month-and-a-half later he's found himself a landing spot. The outfielder is a career .245/.293/.350 hitter over 412 plate appearances at the major league level. He'll serve as organizational depth and a possible bench bat for the Blue Jays.
Dec 17 - 3:58 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that it's "unlikely" that B.J. Upton will be traded this offseason, as teams do not want to pay the remainder of his contract.

It's understandable, as Upton is owed $46.35 million over the next three years. This, coupled with the fact that he hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons, makes Upton an incredibly difficult candidate to move. Compounding matters is the fact that according to O'Brien, the Braves don't want to "give away [catcher Evan] Gattis to get rid of [Upton]."
Dec 17 - 3:50 PM



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