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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins.

No word yet on the potential return package heading to the Fish in the deal, but both Hunter Strickland and Matt Duffy had been mentioned in trade talks.. McGehee is coming off a terrific season in 2014 where he slashed .287/.355/.357 with 76 RBI in 160 games. With what is available on the market, he's perhaps the best fit both offensively and defensively for the Giants.
Dec 19 - 7:10 PM

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Friday that Dan Haren has yet to decide whether he'll play for the Marlins in 2015.

"He'll make his decision," Hill said. "We haven't put any timelines on it." Haren said last month that he has "no interest" in playing somewhere other than in Southern California near his family, but it sounds like he's at least considering the possibility of playing in Miami. The Marlins would like to have him, but they're covered money-wise with the Dodgers agreeing to pay Haren's $10 million salary as part of last week's trade. If Haren decides he doesn't want to play in Miami, the Marlins would look to deal him to a team in California or nearby.
Dec 19 - 5:50 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have had trade discussions with the Marlins involving Casey McGehee.

McGehee is suddenly expendable following the addition of Martin Prado. Rosenthal says that reliever Hunter Strickland and infielder Matt Duffy are two Giants players involved in the talks. After spending 2013 in Japan, McGehee won National League Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2014, batting .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI over 160 games.
Dec 19 - 5:44 PM

Marlins acquired RHP David Phelps from the Yankees in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

Phelps posted a 4.38 ERA over 113 innings for the Yankees in 2014 while battling some elbow issues. He holds a career 4.21 ERA but has struck out 267 over 299 1/3 frames. The righty figures to have a good shot to take Eovaldi's spot in the Marlins' rotation.
Dec 19 - 2:37 PM

Marlins acquired INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German.

The Yankees are sending $6 million to the Marlins to help offset the salaries. Prado is expected to play third base for the Marlins, which means Casey McGehee is either headed to the bench or the trade block. Prado's fantasy value obviously takes a big hit going from Yankee Stadium to Marlins Park.
Dec 19 - 2:34 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies are "kicking the tires" on Rafael Furcal.

Freddy Galvis is expected to take over at shortstop following the trade of Jimmy Rollins, but Furcal could be added as a backup option. The 37-year-old infielder was limited to just nine games for the Marlins this season due to leg issues after missing all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery.
Dec 19 - 1:03 PM

Marlins signed 1B/OF Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract.

Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. While he is 32 years old, Morse has shown a consistent bat when he's healthy and at a cheap price, he should provide nice numbers and veteran leadership for a Marlins offense that's coming together this off-season.
Dec 17 - 3:22 PM

Derek Dietrich left Tuesday's Dominican Winter League game with an ankle injury.

The good news is that X-rays came back negative, so Dietrich should be fine. The young infielder will compete for a bench job in spring training.
Dec 16 - 8:38 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Michael Morse will receive $16 million over two years in his contract with the Marlins.

He can also earn more in performance bonuses. Earlier reports suggested that Morse's deal was for $12 million or even $8 million, but the $16 million figure makes more sense. The former Giant figures to receive the bulk of the playing time at first base for the Marlins, though Garrett Jones should see some starts versus lefties if he's not traded.
Dec 16 - 7:06 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Michael Morse's two-year deal with the Marlins is in the $12 million range.

If the report is correct, that's a very reasonable price to pay for an upgrade at first base. Morse batted .279 with 16 home runs and an .811 OPS (including a 130 OPS+) this past season and should be less of a liability defensively with a move away from the oufield. The Marlins could either use him as their everyday first baseman or platoon him with Garrett Jones.
Dec 16 - 1:58 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the White Sox have reached an agreement with right-hander Brad Penny on a minor league deal.

After sitting out the 2013 season, the 36-year-old Penny made it back to the majors this year with the Marlins and struggled to the tune of a 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll provide some rotation depth in the spring.
Dec 16 - 1:07 PM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have agreed to a two-year contract with Michael Morse, pending a physical.

The financial terms aren't yet available. The Marlins have been very active this offseason and the addition of Morse further strengthens their lineup. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games this past season with the Giants. The Marlins could either go with a Morse/Garrett Jones combo at first base or try to deal Jones.
Dec 16 - 9:15 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are close to signing Michael Morse.

No word yet on the terms being discussed. If signed, Morse would presumably take over the starting first base job for the Marlins, which could make Garrett Jones available via trade. Morse turns 32 in March and batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season.
Dec 16 - 8:30 AM

Marlins acquired RHP Craig Stem from the Dodgers to complete the trade for 1B/OF Kyle Jensen.

Stem looks like a non-prospect, posting a 4.28 ERA and 147/82 K/BB ratio over 178 2/3 minor league innings. Slated to turn 25 next month, Stem has only 19 games of experience above A-ball.
Dec 15 - 8:23 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Brad Penny has narrowed his choices to three teams and will make a decision later this week.

That he has three options to choose from is a feat in and of itself. Penny made it back to the majors in 2014 after sitting out the 2013 season but posted an ugly 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll have to settle for a minor league deal.
Dec 15 - 8:19 PM


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