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.
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.
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.
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.
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.