Nick Markakis
Hart: Braves expecting Markakis to be 'full go' in spring training
Nick Markakis, RF, ATL
8:29 AM
News: Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck Wednesday, per MLB.com. The team expects Markakis to resume baseball activities before the start of spring training. 

"We talked to (Dr.) Steve Wray after the surgery and he said it really went well," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "He said [the procedure] really went well, and he thinks that this guy will be ready to go full go in spring training. The only thing is that there will be a little bit of a disruption for his normal routine getting ready for spring training."

Markakis is expected to be cleared for physical activities within the next month, and the hope is he will be fully cleared within six weeks. Markakis agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in early December.

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Norichika Aoki
Three teams showing interest in Norichika Aoki
Norichika Aoki, RF, KC
12/17/2014
News: The Orioles, Reds and Mariners are among the teams looking at outfielder Norichika Aoki, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 32-year-old Aoki hit .285/.349/.360 over 491 at-bats last year. With the Royals signing Alex Rios earlier in the week, Aoki will likely have to move on with a different club. 

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Seth Smith
Report: Padres' Seth Smith popping up in trade talks
Seth Smith, LF, SD
12/17/2014
News: Padres outfielder Seth Smith has come up in trade talks recently, according to ESPN.

If the Matt Kemp and Wil Myers trades go through, the team would have a surplus in the outfield. On top of those two players, San Diego would also have Carlos Quentin, Will Venable, Cameron Maybin and Smith. The 32-year-old Smith hit .266/.367/.440 over 443 at-bats last year. 

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Wil Myers
Padres, Rays and Nationals on the verge of three team deal
Wil Myers, RF, TB
12/17/2014
News: 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. 

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Ryan Kalish
Blue Jays sign outfielder Ryan Kalish to minor-league contract
Ryan Kalish, CF, TOR
12/17/2014
News: 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.

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Justin Ruggiano
Cubs, Mariners agree on deal for OF Justin Ruggiano
Justin Ruggiano, RF, SEA
12/17/2014
News: 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. 

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Josh Hamilton
Angels GM Dipoto: 'We believe in Josh Hamilton'
Josh Hamilton, LF, LAA
12/17/2014
News: 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. 

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Noel Cuevas
Dodgers send outfielder Noel Cuevas to Colorado for Juan Nicasio
Noel Cuevas, LF, LAD
12/16/2014
News: The Dodgers have sent minor-league outfielder Noel Cuevas to the Rockies in exchange for Juan Nicasio. The deal was originally completed Nov. 24 with a player to be named later. 

Cuevas hit .231 with seven home runs and 44 RBI with Double-A Chattanooga in 2014. 

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Moises Sierra
Royals take Moises Sierra off 40-man roster
Moises Sierra, LF, KC
12/16/2014
News: The Royals announced Tuesday outfielder Moises Sierra was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for Kendrys Morales. Sierra was claimed off waivers from the White Sox in late October.
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Yasiel Puig
Florida businessman pleads guilty in smuggling case for Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig, RF, LAD
12/16/2014
News: Gilberto Suarez, a South Florida businessman who is accused of helping finance the smuggling of Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, has changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola set a Tuesday plea change hearing for Suarez. If charged, it carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence for Suarez. 

He is alleged to be one of the financers who helped smuggle Puig from Cuba to Mexico in 2012 and was suppose to receive a cut of the seven-year, $42 million contract Puig signed. 

Puig hit .296 with 16 homeruns and 69 RBI in 2014. 

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