Derek Norris
Report: Athletics sending Derek Norris to Padres
Derek Norris, C, OAK
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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Rene Rivera
Padres, Rays and Nationals complete Wil Myers trade
Rene Rivera, C, SD
12/18/2014
News: The Padres, Rays and Nationals have completed a trade that will send Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The deal had been in the works for a few days, but was finally agreed to late Thursday night. Myers, 24, will head to the Padres in the deal. He hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats with the Rays last season. Myers also missed time due to a wrist injury. 

The Padres will also receive catcher Ryan Hanigan and pitchers Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo in the deal. 

Tampa Bay will receive outfielder Steven Souza and pitcher Travis Ott from the Nationals. Souza, 25, hit .345/.427/.577 in 357 at-bats spread over three levels last year. 

The Rays will also receive catcher Rene Rivera, first baseman Jake Bauers and pitcher Burch Smith from San Diego.

Washington is set to acquire pitcher Joe Ross from San Diego. The team will also receive infielder Trea Turner in the deal. Turner was a 2014 draft pick, and cannot be traded until midseason, so he's currently considered a player to be named later.

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David Ross
Report: Cubs still looking at Ross
David Ross, C, BOS
12/18/2014
News: The Cubs are still looking at catcher David Ross as a backup, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The team has been linked to Ross a number of times this offseason, but that interest was expected to wane following the trade for Miguel Montero. Despite the fact that the organization already has Welington Castillo as a backup, the interest in Ross is still there. Ross is said to have a close relationship with pitcher Jon Lester, and that could play a role in his decision.

Ross hit .184 over 152 at-bats last year.

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George Kottaras
George Kottaras nets minor-league deal from White Sox
George Kottaras, C, TOR
12/18/2014
News: The White Sox have agreed to a minor-league deal with catcher George Kottaras, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal includes an invite to spring training.
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Matt Wieters
Showalter: Machado appears more likely for O's opener than Wieters
Matt Wieters, C, BAL
12/18/2014
News: Orioles manager Buck Showalter conveyed third baseman Manny Machado has a better chance of being ready for the Orioles season opener than catcher Matt Wieters, according to CSNBaltimore.com. 

Machado had right knee surgery in August and Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery in June.

"With both of these guys, it will be when and not if. I think if you held a gun up to my head, I think Manny makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter, but we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind," Showalter said.

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Brett Hayes
Indians sign four players to minor-league deals
Brett Hayes, C, CLE
12/15/2014
News: 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.
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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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Dioner Navarro
Stewart: Alex Avila, Dioner Navarro could be fits for Diamondbacks
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR
12/10/2014
News: Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Wednesday that Tigers catcher Alex Avila or Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro could be fits with the team in potential trade scenarios, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Diamondbacks moved on from Miguel Montero this week, sending the catcher to the Cubs, and Avila or Navarro could end up behind the plate as Montero's successor. The Blue Jays are likely willing to part ways with Navarro after signing Russell Martin earlier this offseason.

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