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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Seth Smith was given verbal assurance when he signed an extension that he would not be traded this offseason.

As Rosenthal notes, the assurance came before A.J. Preller took over as general manager. However, the same ownership is still in place, and while they don't technically have to honor the verbal agreement, it would look pretty bad if they didn't. Smith has drawn trade interest with the Padres suddenly overflowing with outfielders, but it sounds like he might be staying put.
Dec 18 - 10:17 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

MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies are showing interest in Aaron Harang, Kevin Correia and Kyle Kendrick.

Their interest in Correia and Kendrick had already been reported, but Harang's name is new. Harding also lists the Rockies as having interest in Josh Johnson, but he's reportedly close to re-signing with the Padres. Harang had a solid season for the Braves in 2014, posting a 3.57 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings. However, he's a flyball pitcher who would probably be a terrible fit at Coors Field.
Dec 18 - 7:34 PM

Cubs signed RHP Anthony Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Carter, 28, spent most of last season in Japan but held a 3.47 ERA with 79 strikeouts over 62 1/3 innings at Triple-A for the Red Sox in 2013. He's never appeared in a major league game.
Dec 18 - 7:00 PM
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