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Padres, Rays and Nationals on the verge of three team deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Nationals, Padres and Rays are on the verge of a three-team deal which would send outfielder Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

The deal would also send outfielder Steven Souza back to Tampa Bay and prospect Trea Turner to Washington. 

The deal is yet to be finalized, with a few key pieces to also be involved in the deal. 


Padres, Rays trade talks for Wil Myers making progress


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Padres and Rays are said to be making progress on a deal for outfielder Wil Myers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Myers, who hit .222 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games, was also the Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Yahoo Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan reported this deal might also involve pieces going to and from the Nationals.


Angels GM Dipoto: 'We believe in Josh Hamilton'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Angels have reportedly spoken with two teams, the Rangers and Padres, about the possibility of trading for outfielder Josh Hamilton, but general manager Jerry Dipoto has said the team has not given up on him.

“We do believe in Josh,” Dipoto told FOXSports.com. “We’ve seen it every day when he takes batting practice. We’ve seen him hit balls that humans shouldn’t hit. What he does, 99 percent of the players can’t do.

“We are absolutely of the belief that the ability is there for him to do the things that he has done in the past. Now we have to help him turn the key to bring the ability out.”

The talks for Hamilton were considered exploratory and were unable to gain traction, according to Ken Rosenthal. 

Hamilton, 34, is owed $83 million over the next three years and only played in 89 games in 2014, hit .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. 


Padres, Rays discussing potential Wil Myers trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Padres and the Rays are discussing a trade that would involve 24-year-old outfielder Wil Myers, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. The deal would also send starting pitcher Burch Smith to Tampa Bay.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the discussions between both sides.

The 2013 Rookie of the Year winner has not played more than 90 games in each of his first two seasons in the majors. Last season, he hit .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI over 361 at-bats. He has a career batting average of .258 through his first 175 games.


Rays trade Matt Joyce to Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Rays traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for reliever Kevin Jepsen.

"Matt was an important part of this team for the last six seasons. We appreciate his many contributions to the Rays on the field, and the professionalism he brought to the ballpark," Rays vice president of baseball operations Erik Neander said. “We’re excited about the experience Kevin brings to the bullpen, and his ability to pitch in key moments of the game."

Joyce, who was an All-Star in 2011, spent six of his seven seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay. He heads to Los Angeles with a .250/.342/.441/.783 slash line in 725 career games. Joyce has a .104 average, one home run and seven RBI in 19 games at Angel Stadium.

Jepsen is 13-18 with a 3.94 ERA over seven seasons for the Angels. He had a career-high 75 strikeouts in 65 innings in 2014, while posting a career-low 2.63 ERA.


White Sox officially announce three-year, $42M deal for Melky


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The White Sox officially announced Tuesday they agreed to terms with outfielder Melky Cabrera on a three-year, $42-million contract. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Monday that Cabrera will make $13 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in 2017.

The 30-year-old Cabrera had one of the best seasons of his career in 2014, batting .301 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .808 OPS in 139 games with the Blue Jays. He had 16 home runs, 35 doubles, 73 RBI and 81 runs.

Cabrera has done well in his career at U.S. Cellular Field. He has a .336 average, .591 slugging percentage, .957 OPS, two triples, seven home runs, 10 doubles and 24 RBI in 34 career games.


White Sox, Melky Cabrera officially agree to deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The White Sox have finalized a three-year, $42 million deal with outfielder Melky Cabrera, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cabrera is set to make $13 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in 2017. He also has a limited no-trade clause. The details of Cabrera's no-trade clause are not known at this time. The 30-year-old Cabrera is coming off a season in which he hit .301/.351/.458 over 568 at-bats. 


Indians sign four players to minor-league deals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Indians announced Monday they signed catcher Brett Hayes, outfielder Destin Hood, catcher Adam Moore and outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands to minor-league deals. They all received invites to major-league spring training.

Hahn: White Sox 'still very bullish' about Avisail Garcia's potential


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) While a left shoulder injury kept White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia from making a significant impact in 2014, the team's outlook on the 23-year-old outfielder has not changed. They are still as excited about his future as the day they traded for him in late July 2013.

"This guy is going to be one of the future stars in the league," White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams said of Garcia during a Winter Meetings appearance on MLB Network, per MLB.com. "Rick (Hahn) and I set out to remake the club a couple of years ago and we knew we were going to take it on the chin. But we wanted to get young, impact players. It started with the [Jake] Peavy deal to get Avi Garcia."

Hahn also continues to tout Garcia's potential impact.

"The upside is tremendous," Hahn said. "There is a reason this guy was targeted a couple of years back when we acquired him. We are still very bullish on his potential."


Melky Cabrera agrees to three-year, $42 million deal with White Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) The White Sox have agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed.

The 30-year-old Cabrera had one of the best seasons of his career in 2014, batting .301 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .808 OPS in 139 games with the Blue Jays. He had 16 home runs, 35 doubles, 73 RBI and 81 runs.

Cabrera has done well in his career at U.S. Cellular Field. He has a .336 average, .591 slugging percentage, .957 OPS, two triples, seven home runs, 10 doubles and 24 RBI in 34 career games.


Report: White Sox, Melky Cabrera agree to three-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) The White Sox have agreed to a three-year deal with outfielder Melky Cabrera pending a physical, 670TheScore.com reports.

The White Sox have been on the radar in the Cabrera market for weeks, as CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported on Nov. 20 that the team was considering pursuing the outfielder. As pointed out in the report, the White Sox managed just a .279 on-base percentage from the No. 2 spot in the batting order last season, a slot that Cabrera is the favorite to now fill.

The Mariners were seen as the favorites to land Cabrera earlier this week and reportedly offered him a three-year deal as well, but the outfielder has apparently chosen to return to the AL Central, where he hit .305/.339/.470 with 18 home runs, 87 RBI, 20 stolen bases and 102 runs with the Royals in 2011. He delivered similar numbers in 2014, hitting .301/.351/.458 in 568 at-bats with the Blue Jays. Cabrera has spent most of the past three seasons in left field, where he'll presumably line up for the White Sox.


Red Sox considering Mookie Betts as leadoff hitter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Red Sox are considering using outfielder Mookie Betts as the team's leadoff hitter, ESPNBoston.com reports.

"He's clearly a candidate for us," manager John Farrell said of Betts Saturday. "[Former leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury] did such a great job for us for a number of years and when he signed elsewhere we went through a little bit of a search to get those skills."

Betts posted a .388 OBP out of the leadoff spot last season. However, he's not guaranteed a starting job in Boston's crowded outfield.


Twins designate Chris Parmelee for assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Twins designated first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for newly acquired pitcher Ervin Santana, reports the Star Tribune on Saturday. Parmelee slashed .256/.307/.384 in 270 plate appearances last season for Minnesota. 

Report: Mariners offer Melky Cabrera three-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Mariners have offered free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera a three-year contract, ESPNDeportes.com reports.

The Mariners are considered the favorites to land Cabrera, though the Orioles were reported to be in on the bidding for the outfielder earlier Friday. Cabrera is said to be seeking a four-year deal. He hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs, 73 RBI and six stolen bases in 568 at-bats in 2014.


Report: Orioles eyeing FA Cabrera for short-term deal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Orioles are in on the bidding for steady outfielder Melky Cabrera, but will only consider signing him for two or three years, per the Baltimore Sun.

Cabrera is perhaps the top hitter remaining in free agency. His 2014 season was marked by consistency and a strong slash line of .301/.351/.458.


Report: Mariners have not made progress for Dayan Viciedo


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Mariners have not been able to make recent progress in a trade for White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo, according to FoxSports.com.

Seattle had been mentioned as a candidate to acquire Viciedo early on Thursday, but it doesn't appear the two sides have made any progress on a deal. The 26-year-old Viciedo hit .231/.281/.405 over 523 at-bats last year. Viciedo is arbitration eligible, and would remain under team control until 2018.


Rangers sign Richardson, Bass and Wolf to minor-league deals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Rangers announced Thursday they signed pitcher Anthony Bass, outfielder Antoan Richardson and pitcher Ross Wolf to minor-league deals. All three players received non-roster invites to spring training.

Red Sox trade Yoenis Cespedes to Tigers for Rick Porcello


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Red Sox traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Tigers on Thursday in exchange for pitcher Rick Porcello. The Tigers also acquired reliever Alex Wilson and minor-league pitcher Gabe Speier.

Cespedes is in the final year of a four-year, $36 million contract, while Porcello is in his final year of arbitration.

The 29-year-old Cespedes has a .263 average, .464 slugging percentage and .780 OPS in 416 games over three MLB seasons. Porcello, who won a career-high 15 games and had a career-low 3.43 ERA in 2014, is 76-63 with a 4.30 ERA in six MLB seasons.

Wilson has a 2-1 record, 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 44 relief outings for Boston. He had a 1.91 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 18 outings in 2014.

The 19-year-old Speier is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 12 career appearances (eight starts) in the minors. He was a 19th-round pick in 2013.


Report: Orioles, Pirates discuss Matusz-for-Snider trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Orioles and Pirates met to discuss a trade that would send Brian Matusz to Pittsburgh in exchange for outfielder Travis Snider, a source told MASNsports.com. However, it doesn't appear a deal is imminent.

Rays' Silverman: Desmond Jennings is 'a big part of our plans'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) While Rays outfielders Matt Joyce, David DeJesus and Wil Myers have all been linked to trade rumors, it seems even if the Rays received calls about center fielder Desmond Jennings, there wouldn't be much interest to deal the 28-year-old outfielder.

"(Jennings is) an incredibly valuable player all around, and there's a reason why he's a mainstay in our lineup and a big part of our plans," Rays baseball operations president Matt Silverman said, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennings was limited to 123 games due to injury in 2014. He hit .244 with 10 home runs, 30 doubles, 36 RBI and 15 stolen bases.


Report: Rays have fielded about half-dozen inquiries on Wil Myers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Roughly a half-dozen teams have called the Rays to inquire about outfielder Wil Myers, according to the Tampa Bay Times. However, it doesn't appear as though the Rays have plans to deal the 24-year-old outfielder, who is coming off a down season in 2014.

"We don't have any questions about Wil," baseball operations president Matt Silverman said. "The guy we saw last year was injured and didn't really have a chance to demonstrate what he has. We look at him as a rookie of the year who really missed most of the season and expect him to be back in that form as a formidable bat in the middle of the lineup who also plays a pretty good outfield."


Report: White Sox's Viciedo could be alternative option for Mariners


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Mariners are showing increased interest in trading for White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo in order to obtain a right-handed power bat to play in right field, sources told Bob Dutton of The News Tribune.

Trying to trade for Viciedo has become an option after unsuccessful attempts thus far to sign free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera or acquire Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. USA Today reported Tuesday the White Sox are shopping Viciedo.

Viciedo hit a career-low .231 in 2014. However, he belted 20-plus homers for the second time in three seasons. The 25-year-old outfielder is entering his first year of arbitration and is under team control through the 2017 season.


Tigers' Tyler Collins could be on active roster in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins has a chance to earn a spot on Detroit's roster as an extra outfielder, general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday. 

"Collins is ready to play," he said. "He has to do it, but we like him."

Collins appeared in 18 games with the Tigers in 2014, hitting .250 with four RBI. 


Report: Red Sox, Reds make no progress on deal for Yoenis Cespedes


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Red Sox and Reds have discussed a deal to send outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Cincinnati, but no recent progress has been made, according to FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi.

Cespedes, who was traded from Oakland to Boston during the 2014 season, hit .260 with 22 home runs and 100 RBI last year. 


Angels looking for Narron to be positive influence on Josh Hamilton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) While Jerry Narron will be hitting coach for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate at Salt Lake, the team is also hopeful Narron will be a positive influence on outfielder Josh Hamilton, especially during spring training. 

Narron was Hamilton’s "accountability partner" with the Reds in 2007 and during several seasons with the Rangers, when Hamilton was a five-time All-Star. Hamilton has struggled in his first two seasons with the Angels, batting .255 with a .426 slugging percentage in 240 games.

"We felt it was a great advantage to add him to our Triple-A mix, but I’d be lying if I told you there wasn’t some kind of added motivation to bring him in because of his history and relationship with Josh," general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Narron, per the Los Angeles Times.

"He won’t spend a ton of time after opening day with Josh, but any contribution Johnny can make in helping Josh get to a good place will help. He knows Josh’s swing and what it looks like when it’s going at his best. He understands how to talk to Josh about the physical act of hitting.

"We have Don Baylor, Dave Hansen and Paul Sorrento as wonderful hitting coaches. Johnny comes in with a fresh new perspective and might be able to shed some light on how to help Josh move in a direction that would be more productive for him."


 
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