The Padres are not expected to trade
third baseman Chase Headley
, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Headley has been the subject of trade rumors for over a year and will become a free agent after the 2014 season if he and the Padres cannot work out a contract extension. The team will continue to listen to trade proposals moving forward, but do not expect to get a deal done with Headley coming off a disappointing season.
The Cubs avoided arbitration with infielder Donnie Murphy
Monday, by signing him to a deal worth $825,000 for the 2014 season
. According to ESPN.com, Murphy can make up to $1.175 million next season in incentives.
Murphy hit .255/.319/.530 in 149 at-bats for the Cubs last season.
Faced with a bevy of arbitration-eligible players ahead of Monday's non-tender deadline, the Braves opted to bring back all but three of them
. Only one was actually signed to a contract, as the team agreed to undisclosed terms on a one-year deal with infielder Ramiro Pena
, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution
The team also tendered contracts to nine other players, whose salaries for 2014 will be determined by the arbitration process, unless contracts can be agreed upon. Pitchers Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Jordan Walden; infielders Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer will all return to the team next season.
The Giants have purchased the contract of third baseman Adam Duvall
from Double-A Richmond Friday. Duvall batted .252 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI in Richmond last season.
Cubs third-base prospect Kris Bryant
was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League Saturday after hitting .346/.452/.691 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 21 games during the AFL season.
Bryant had an excellent first season in the Cubs organization after being taken second overall in the 2013 amateur draft, hitting .336/.390/.688 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 128 at-bats over three minor-league levels.
The San Francisco Chronicle
reports that several teams have contacted the Giants
with inquiries on third baseman Pablo Sandoval
. In 2013, the injury-plagued Sandoval played in 141 games -- his highest total since 2010 -- and batted .278 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI.
The Giants, however, are not currently looking to trade Sandoval, as they do not have a replacement readily available.