Royals agree with OF Rios on option for 2016
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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.
Dodgers acquire Matt Long from Angels, then deal him to Brewers
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The Dodgers announced Thursday they acquired
minor-league infielder/outfielder Matt Long
from the Angels to complete the Dec. 9 trade for catcher Drew Butera.
However, Long wasn't with Los Angeles for long, as they traded him and pitcher Jarret Martin to the Brewers for minor-league catcher Shawn Zarraga.
Report: Red Sox in 'active' trade talks regarding Allen Craig
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The Red Sox are in "active" trade talks
with at least one team regarding first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig
, sources told FOX Sports. Craig is said to be fully recovered from a left foot injury that has bothered him since 2013.
Craig had a down season in 2014, batting .215 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 126 games between the Cardinals and Red Sox. He really struggled with the Red Sox, batting .128 with one home run and two RBI in 29 games.
Blue Jays sign outfielder Ryan Kalish to minor-league contract
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The Blue Jays announced Wednesday
the signning of outfielder Ryan Kalish
to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Kalish appeared in 57 games in 2014 for the Cubs, hitting .248 with four triples and five RBI.
Cubs, Mariners agree on deal for OF Justin Ruggiano
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Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been sent
to the Mariners in a deal that will send minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago, the team announced Wednesday.
Ruggiano, who played in 81 games in 2014, hit .281 with six home runs and 28 RBI for the Cubs. He spent the previous two seasons with the Marlins, where in 2012, he hit a career high .313 with 23 doubles and 36 RBI.
Brazis went 8-6 with 14 saves and 2.89 ERA in three years with four teams in the Mariners minor league organization.
Angels GM Dipoto: 'We believe in Josh Hamilton'
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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.
White Sox officially announce three-year, $42M deal for Melky
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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.
Hahn: White Sox 'still very bullish' about Avisail Garcia's potential
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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."
Red Sox considering Mookie Betts as leadoff hitter
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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
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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.