Rene Rivera
Padres, Nats, Rays announce Wil Myers trade
Rene Rivera, C, SD
12/19/2014
News: The Padres officially announced an 11-player, three-team trade that sent Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego on Friday, per the team's official website.

San Diego acquired Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, left-handed pitcher Jose Castillo and right-handed pitcher Gerardo Reyes from the Rays. Tampa Bay received catcher Rene Rivera, right-handed pitcher Burch Smith and infielder Jake Bauers from San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza and left-handed pitcher Travis Ott from Washington. Meanwhile, the Nationals received right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a player to be named later, likely infielder Trea Turner, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

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Derek Norris
Report: Athletics sending Derek Norris to Padres
Derek Norris, C, SD
12/18/2014
News: The Athletics have agreed to trade catcher Derek Norris to the Padres, according to the New York Daily News.

After dealing Yasmani Grandal to Los Angeles in the Matt Kemp deal, the Padres were in need of a new backstop. It didn't take long for them to replace Grandal, as the team acquired Norris shortly after the Kemp deal went through.

Pitcher Seth Streich will also head to the Padres in the deal, according to FoxSports.com The 23-year-old posted a 3.16 ERA over 114 innings in High A last season.

The 25-year-old Norris is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.361/.403 over 385 at-bats. Norris is under team control through the 2018 season.

The Athletics are expected to receive pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez in the deal, according to Yahoo! The 24-year-old Alvarez posted a 1.25 ERA over 43 1/3 innings at Double-A last year.

Hahn, 25, posted a 3.07 ERA over 73 1/3 innings in the majors last year. He was excellent in Double-A, posting a 1.91 ERA in 42 1/3 innings before being called up.

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Tony Sanchez
Tony Sanchez could be right-handed bat off bench for Pirates
Tony Sanchez, C, PIT
12/15/2014
News: Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tony Sanchez could serve as a right-handed bat off the bench in 2015, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"My job is to give Clint [Hurdle] a versatile bench," Huntington said. "We'd like to do that. We've not done that as well as we could have in the past."

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Jake Fox
Blue Jays sign Lopez, Fox, Gindl to minor-league deals
Jake Fox, C, PIT
12/12/2014
News: The Blue Jays signed pitcher Wilton Lopez, first baseman Jake Fox and outfielder Caleb Gindl to minor-league deals with invitations to spring training, Sportsnet.ca reports.

Lopez made four appearances with the Rockies in 2014 while also delivering a 4.57 ERA and 35:6 K:BB ratio in 43 1/3 Triple-A innings. Fox last played in the majors in 2011 and spent 2014 in Double-A, the Mexican League and the independent Atlantic League, posting a combined .309/.387/.592 line with 38 home runs and 118 RBI in 517 at-bats. Gindl made eight appearances with the Brewers in 2014 while hitting .227/.310/.354 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 362 at-bats with Triple-A Nashville.

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Oscar Hernandez
D-Backs select Rays catcher Oscar Hernandez in Rule 5 draft
Oscar Hernandez, C, ARI
12/11/2014
News: The Diamondbacks selected catcher Oscar Hernandez from the Rays in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. 

The 21-year-old Hernandez hit .249 with nine home runs, 18 doubles and 63 RBI in 94 games for Class A Bowling Green in 2014. He has a career .275/.358/.469/.827 slash line in 292 minor-league games.

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Wilin Rosario
Report: Rangers appear to be front-runner in trading for Rosario
Wilin Rosario, C, COL
12/10/2014
News: The Rockies have fielded plenty of inquiries about catcher Wilin Rosario, with most of them coming from AL teams, according to The Denver Post. The front-runner appears to be the Rangers, who are in the market for a right-handed power bat.

The Rockies are reportedly interested in many of the Rangers' relievers, including Roman Mendez, Jon Edwards, Shawn Tolleson, Phil Kleinand, Spencer Patton and Robbie Ross Jr.

Rosario is in his first year of arbitration and is under team control through the 2017 season.

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Francisco Cervelli
Pirates' GM 'very comfortable' with Cervelli, Stewart at catcher
Francisco Cervelli, C, PIT
12/10/2014
News: Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he is "very comfortable" with the catcher tandem of Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart after failing to re-sign catcher Russell Martin, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pirates acquired Cervelli in a trade with the Yankees.

"Francisco was an aggressive acquire for us," Huntington said, "and Chris did a heck of a job for us last year. We feel very comfortable with the defensive side, and we feel Francisco has some bat upside.

"At this point in time, we would feel very comfortable if opening day were tomorrow and this was our catching mix."

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Miguel Montero
Cubs acquire catcher Miguel Montero from D-Backs
Miguel Montero, C, CHC
12/9/2014
News: The Cubs and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that will send catcher Miguel Montero to Chicago in exchange for two lower-level pitching prospects Jefferson Mejia and Zach Godley, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

USA Today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale first reported the deal. Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM also confirmed the report.

Montero has three years left on a six-year, $65.9 million contract. He is owed $12 million in 2015 and $14 million the following two seasons. He hit .243 with 13 homers and 72 RBI last season.

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Evan Gattis
Report: Rangers not interested in dealing prospect Gonzalez for Gattis
Evan Gattis, C, ATL
12/9/2014
News: While the Rangers are interested in Braves catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, Atlanta asked for starting pitcher prospect Alex Gonzalez as part of the trade. However, that turned into a deal-breaker for Texas, according to MLB.com.

The 2013 first-round pick Gonzalez went 12-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.18 WHIP last season between high Class A and Double-A.

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Buster Posey
Giants not entertaining moving 'franchise catcher' Posey to 3B
Buster Posey, C, SF
12/9/2014
News: While the Giants ponder replacements at third base for Pablo Sandoval, who signed a free-agent deal with the Red Sox, one option that won't be on the table is moving two-time All-Star catcher Buster Posey to the hot corner. 

Posey played shortstop in college at Florida State before primarily playing catcher and first base as a pro.

"Buster's a catcher," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Monday at the winter meetings, per MLB.com. "He's a franchise player, a franchise catcher."

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