Corey Brock of MLB.com said it's believed the Padres have talked with the Red Sox about a potential trade for Yoenis Cespedes.
After falling short in the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes, Brock cites a source that said the club has turned its attention to trades. Among the possible targets is Cespedes, who could be on his way out of a crowded Red Sox outfield. Brock mentions Ian Kennedy as a potential match in a trade, a name that has been brought up often when gossiping about a hypothetical deal between the clubs. Where there's smoke there's usually fire, but for now we'll have to settle for smoke.
Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Giants "have been in the middle of talks" for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas.
The Giants view Tomas as a fit in the outfield, but Heyman notes that the club also might hold out some hope that the 27-year-old could play third base. That's the first we've heard of Tomas potentially playing anywhere other than a corner outfield spot, and it would make some sense for the Giants with the departure of Pablo Sandoval. A number of other teams are also in on the slugger as well.
Brewers sent RHP Ariel Pena outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The 25-year-old had a 4.56 ERA over 128 1/3 innings at Triple-A Nashville this past season. Pena also dealt with a right elbow injury in 2014.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears Kevin Cash has a "strong chance" at being the next Rays manager.
Cash, the Indians' bullpen coach, is up against Don Wakamatsu and Raul Ibanez for the job. The Rays have said they will conduct interviews next week, so it appears nothing will be determined before then. Cash is a Tampa Bay native and was also a finalist for the Rangers' job before they hired Jeff Banister last month.
The Giants have reached out to free agent Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
That's not surprising, with Pablo Sandoval leaving to sign with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Heyman does note that, despite their contact with Headley, that the Giants "seem more enthused ... about some of the outfield options." The Indians and Yankees are among the other teams interested in Headley.