Aaron Northcraft
Padres pick up RHP Northcroft in Upton deal
Aaron Northcraft, SP, ATL
4:54 PM
News: The Padres have announced that they have also received right-hander Aaron Northcraft in the deal with the Braves that landed them slugger Justin Upton.

The 24-year-old Northcraft has yet to make his major league debut.

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Juan Oramas
Blue Jays claim LHP Juan Oramas off waivers
Juan Oramas, SP, SD
3:12 PM
News: The Blue Jays have claimed left-handed pitcher Juan Oramas off waivers from the Padres on Friday, per the team's official website. Oramas posted a 5.61 ERA primarily as a starter last season at Triple-A.
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Brandon McCarthy
Dodgers officially announce four-year deal for Brandon McCarthy
Brandon McCarthy, SP, LAD
12/16/2014
News: The Dodgers announced Tuesday they officially signed starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year contract. The deal is reportedly for $48 million.

McCarthy has made just one career start at Dodger Stadium, allowing three runs on eight hits (one home run) and one walk in 6 1/3 innings in 2013.

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Jordan Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann looking for 'fair' deal from Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
12/16/2014
News: Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann sounds optimistic about negotiations regarding a long-term contract, but added there is still a lot of discussion left after the two sides met at the Winter Meetings last week.

"I’m hopeful, but we got a lot of talking to do," Zimmermann said, per The Washington Post. "Obviously we’ve only had one meeting so far and it went well. We’ll see where it goes."

Although, it doesn't appear Zimmermann is willing to cave in negotiations just because Washington is the only team he has known since being drafted in the second round in 2007.

"If it’s a fair value, like I have said all along, I would gladly sign," Zimmermann said. "But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be something that’s fair and if it’s not, then I’ll be moving on.

"I’m a National for one year, for this upcoming season, and we’ll see if it’s a fair, if we can come up with something that’s fair for both sides, then we’ll sign the deal. At the end of the day, it’s gotta be fair."

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Brad Penny
White Sox, Brad Penny agree on minor-league deal
Brad Penny, SP, MIA
12/16/2014
News: The White Sox and free agent pitcher Brad Penny have agreed to a minor-league deal, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Penny last pitched with the Marlins in 2014, appearing in eight games and posting a 6.58 ERA in 26 innings. 

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Brandon Morrow
Padres agree to one-year deal with Brandon Morrow
Brandon Morrow, SP, SD
12/16/2014
News: Free agent pitcher Brandon Morrow has agreed to a one-year deal with the Padres, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He will receive $2.5 million guaranteed, with the potential to earn $5 million in bonuses for starting and $1 million in bonuses for pitching in relief, per MLB.com.

Morrow has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, as he has made 30 starts just once in eight MLB seasons and more than 20 starts just three times. Over the last two seasons, he has totaled 23 appearances (16 starts).

The 30-year-old right-hander is 42-43 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in his career. He has made four appearances (one start) in his career at PETCO Park, posting a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and two saves in 7 1/3 innings.

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Dillon Gee
Mets' Dillon Gee would 'have no hard feelings' about being traded
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
12/15/2014
News: Starting pitcher Dillon Gee said he would like to remain with the Mets, but also seems excited about a new opportunity if New York decides to finally trade him, per ESPN.

Gee has been mentioned heavily in trade rumors as the Mets look to create a rotation spot for Matt Harvey, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a little exciting to know that there are other teams that are asking about me," he told SiriusXM Radio. "That's kind of the thing if you do get traded. Yeah, it's a little bittersweet because you're leaving the team and your friends, and really the Mets have been like a family to me. But the other, flip side is, hey, somebody wants you. Not to say the Mets don't. I have no hard feelings either way. Like I said, I understand what it is."

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Francisco Liriano
Pirates' Liriano gets $2M signing bonus as part of new deal
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
12/15/2014
News: Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano will make $11 million in 2015, and then $13 million in 2016 and 2017 as part of the new three-year deal he signed. He will also receive a $2 million signing bonus and award bonuses, which includes $325,000 for winning the Cy Young, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
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Dan Haren
Report: Marlins considering trading Dan Haren
Dan Haren, SP, MIA
12/15/2014
News: The Marlins might consider trading pitcher Dan Haren, if he plans to retire rather than pitch for them, sources told FOX Sports. Haren, who was acquired with Dee Gordon in a trade with the Dodgers last week, would rather pitch for a team out west. 

The Marlins would like Haren to be in their rotation in 2015 and club officials did speak with the veteran right-handed hurler on the night of the trade.

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Jameson Taillon
Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon hopes to throw off mound in January
Jameson Taillon, SP, PIT
12/15/2014
News: Pirates starting pitcher prospect Jameson Taillon, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is throwing from 120 feet and is pitching off flat ground, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He hopes to throw off a mound in January.

"My elbow feels great," Taillon said. "Body feels great. It's a year just to work out and get stronger. My legs have gotten a lot stronger. Really, my whole body has gotten a lot stronger."

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