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Red Sox, Padres complete Hanigan-for-Middlebrooks trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Red Sox and Padres completed a trade Friday, with catcher Ryan Hanigan heading to Boston in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, the Red Sox announced.

Hanigan, 34, is signed for two more seasons with a team option for 2017. He hit .218/.318/.324 with five home runs and 34 RBI in 225 at-bats in 2014.

Middlebrooks, 26, is eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2015 season. He hit .191/.256/.265 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 215 at-bats in 2014.


Giants get Class A hurlers for Marlins 3B McGehee


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Giants are trading minor league right-handers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo for Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee.

Both pitched at a Class A level last season and averaged more than a strikeout per inning.


Dodgers dump RHP Brian Wilson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Three days after designating reliever Brian Wilson for assignment, the Dodgers have released him.

Wilson struggled in 2014 after a strong stint upon his arrival with Los Angeles in 2013. He finished the year with a 4.66 ERA and 29 walks in 48 1/3 innings.


Report: LHP Craig Breslow staying with Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Left-hander reliever Craig Breslow is set to sign a one-year deal with the Red Sox for $2 million, per WEEI.com.

Breslow pitched for Boston the last two years, but collapsed in 2014 after compiling a 1.81 ERA the previous year. He finished with a 5.93 ERA and 73 hits in 54 1/3 innings.


Giants have acquired McGehee in deal with Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Giants and Marlins have agreed to a deal that has sent deposed starting third baseman Casey McGehee to San Francisco, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Giants pitchers Matt Duffy and Hunter Strickland are reportedly among the possibilities to be sent to Miami.


Mets P Syndergaard center of Tulowitzki talks with Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Premier Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is the centerpiece of trade talks involving Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, who is further reporting that the teams are not close to finalizing a trade.

The pitching-rich Mets are dangling the 22-year-old Syndergaard, who struggled at the Triple-A level in 2014 with a 4.60 ERA and career-worst 1.48 WHIP. Syndergaard has fanned 474 in just 426 2/3 innings.


Bud Black reveals OF configuration for Padres in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Bud Black sees his revamped Padres outfield consisting of Justin Upton in left, Matt Kemp in right and Wil Myers in center, per The Associated Press.

The very active Padres will have an entirely new outfield in 2015.


Report: Cubs sign veteran C David Ross


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Catcher David Ross has signed a two-year contract with the Cubs for $5 million, sources have told Fox Sports insider Ken Rosenthal.

Ross, who was rumored to be headed to San Diego, has served as a backup throughout his career. His average has slipped in each of the last four seasons and dropped to .184 in 2014. It was his lowest mark in 10 years.


Padres pick up RHP Northcroft in Upton deal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres have announced that they have also received right-hander Aaron Northcraft in the deal with the Braves that landed them slugger Justin Upton.

The 24-year-old Northcraft has yet to make his major league debut.


Rays designate veteran RHP Brandon Gomes


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Rays have designated right-hander Brandon Gomes for assignment.

Gomes split last season between Tampa Bay and Triple-A Durham. He finished the year with a 2-2 mark and 3.71 ERA in 29 relief appearances.


Angels set to release INF Shawn O'Malley


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Angels have granted infielder Shawn O'Malley his unconcitional release.

O'Malley was promoted briefly late in the 2014 season and managed three hits in 16 at-bats. It was his first major league stint.


Tigers dispatch RHP Melvin Mercedes to Toledo


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Tigers have outrighted right-hander Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo a week after designating him for assignment. He cleared waivers.

The 24 year old pitched two hitless shutout innings in one appearance this season for Detroit.


Report suggests Marlins could trade deposed 3B McGehee


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The deal that sent Martin Prado to the Marlins could result in 2014 surprise Casey McGehee being expendable, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Prado is expected to assume the role of every-day third baseman for Miami. McGehee flashed virtually no power last season, but drove in 76 runs, batted .287 and committed just seven errors.


Cubs claim Oakland castoff OF Shane Peterson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Outfielder Shane Peterson has been claimed by the Cubs a week after being designated for assignment by Oakland.

Peterson managed one hit in seven at-bats for the Athletics in 2013 and has not played since.


RHP Preston Guilmet receives DFA tag from Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Ten weeks after acquiring right-hander Preston Guilmet in a trade from Baltimore, the Pirates have designated him for assignment.

Guilmet has pitched in 14 major league games, all in relief, and yielded 12 runs on 16 hits in 15 2/3 innings.


Royals send OF Carlos Peguero packing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Royals have released once-promising outfielder Carlos Peguero.

Peguero lost his luster after a strong minor league career in the Seattle system. He has earned just 15 major league at-bats in the last two years combined and owns a career average of .196. The 27 year old is rumored to be interested in playing in Japan.


Royals agree with OF Rios on option for 2016


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Royals could have newly acquired outfielder Alex Rios sticking around for a second season. He has officially signed a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2016.

Rios lost his power in 2014. He hit just four home runs, but still finished with a respectable slash line of .280/.311/.398 and ripped 30 doubles.


Cubs sign C Ryan Lavarnway, DFA two others


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Cubs have claimed former Boston catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers. They have also desginated for assignment right-hander Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins.

Lavarnway was hitless in 10 at-bats for the Red Sox in 2014 after missing extended time with a broken wrist.


Report: Athletics to release Nick Punto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Athletics will release infielder Nick Punto, according to  Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday. Punto hit .207/.296/.293 with two home runs, 14 RBI and three stolen bases in 198 at-bats while spending most of his playing time at second base and shortstop in 2014.

Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis finally set to start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Shortstop Freddy Galvis has been waiting for several years for a full-time opportunity from the Phillies and now he's got it. But general manager Ruben Amaro did not exactly give him a ringing endorsement Friday.

"Whether he's earned it or not, we don't know," Amaro told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He has not earned it at the plate. Galvis owns a .218 lifetime batting average and hit a mere .176 with a meager .227 on-base percentage last season.


Blue Jays claim LHP Juan Oramas off waivers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Blue Jays have claimed left-handed pitcher Juan Oramas off waivers from the Padres on Friday, per the team's official website. Oramas posted a 5.61 ERA primarily as a starter last season at Triple-A.

Angels, Royals trade bit players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Angels and Royals have completed a minor swap in which the latter acquired right-hander Brian Broderick for veteran infielder Johnny Giavotella.

Giavotella, who was designated for assignment Thursday, has earned just 78 at-bats in the last two seasons combined. The 28-year-old Broderick pitched in 11 games for Washington in 2011, but has otherwise not hurled in a major league game.


Yankees acquire Gonzalez Germen from Mets; DFA Preston Claiborne


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen from the Mets in exchange for an undisclosed amount of cash, per the team's official website. To make room on 40-man roster, the Yankees designated right-handed pitcher Preston Claiborne for assignment.

Marlins, Yankees formally announce five-player trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Marlins and Yankees formally announced a five player trade on Friday, per MLB.com. The Marlins acquired infielder Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps from New York in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo German. Miami also received an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.

Prado hit .282 with 12 homers and 58 RBI in 143 games played between the Yankees and Diamondbacks. Phelps went 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 92 strikeouts over 113 innings pitched. 

Eovaldi registered a 4.37 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 142:43 K:BB ratio over 199 2/3 innings as a starter in Miami. Jones hit .246 with 15 homers and 53 RBI over 496 at-bats in his lone season with the Marlins.


Pirates sign 1B Corey Hart to one-year contract


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Pirates announced they signed veteran first baseman Corey Hart to a one-year deal on Friday, per the team's official website. Hart is expected to make $2.5 million from Pittsburgh, plus $2.5 million in incentives, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hart will likely be the right-handed platoon option with Pedro Alvarez at first base. Hart has 160 homers in his 10-year career in the majors. Last season, he appeared in only 68 games due to injury, batting .203 with six home runs, nine doubles and 21 RBI.