Royals fill outfield need with ... Norichika Aoki
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The Royals, who are rumored to be in the running for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, addressed one outfield need by acquiring Norichika Aoki
from the Brewers in exchange for left-hander Will Smith Thursday.
Aoki batted leadoff for the Brewers last season, hitting .286 with eight home runs and 20 stolen bases. He has reached base at a .355 clip or better both of his years in the majors. The 31-year-old will most likely play either center or right field for the Royals, depending on what other moves they make this offseason.
Matt Kemp "in play" for Red Sox
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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp
is "in play"
for the Red Sox, the Boston Globe
reports. The Dodgers would be willing to eat some of Kemp's salary in the right deal.
The two sides famously hooked up for a quarter-billion-dollar trade in 2012 that positioned the Red Sox as major players last offseason.
Brandon Belt to remain at first base
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Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated Wednesday that first baseman Brandon Belt
will remain at first base
full time in 2014, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.
Belt has transitioned between first base and left field in his career, but the team is ready to stick with him as a full-time first baseman as it did in 2013. He hit .289/.360/.481 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 509 at-bats last season.
Reds less inclined to trade Brandon Phillips
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According to FOXSports.com, the Reds are not likely to trade
second baseman Brandon Phillips
this offseason. Earlier reports indicated the Reds were eager to deal Phillips and that he could be with another team by the end of the Winter Meetings, but they have not been actively looking to trade him.
Phillips still has four years and $50 million left on a six-year, $72.5 million contract.
Blue Jays trade Brad Lincoln to Phillies for Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen
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The Toronto Blue Jays announced Tuesday they have traded
right-hander Brad Lincoln
to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz
and left-hander Rob Rasmussen
Lincoln went 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and 25:22 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings in the majors last season with Toronto.
Kratz played a career-high 68 games last season and batted .213/.280/.386 with nine home runs and 26 RBI. Rasmussen was acquired in the trade earlier in the month that sent Michael Young to Los Angeles. He went 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 113:60 K:BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque.
Center field in Carlos Gonzalez's future
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With Dexter Fowler on his way to Houston following Tuesday's trade, Carlos Gonzalez is expected to man center field
for the Rockies in 2014, according to the Denver Post
. He played exclusively left field in 2013, winning a second straight Gold Glove at the position, but he has played 200 games in center field in his career.
Gonzalez hit .302 with 26 homers, 21 steals and a .958 OPS in 2013, but he missed most of August and September with a sprained finger and has had trouble staying healthy over the years, never playing more than 145 games in a season.
The Rockies acquired outfielder Brandon Barnes
in addition to starting pitcher Jordan Lyles from the Astros Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler.
Barnes, 27, was the Astros' primary center fielder for most of 2013, hitting .240 with eight homers, 11 steals and a .635 OPS in 408 at-bats. He's expected to play a reserve role for the Rockies.
The Rockies acquired starting pitcher Jordan Lyles
along with outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Astros Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler. Lyles, who Baseball America
ranked among its top 100 prospects in 2010 and 2011, compiled a 5.35 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in three seasons with the Astros.
He had a couple of encouraging stretches in 2013, but his season ended with him allowing seven earned runs in back-to-back starts in September. He allowed four earned runs over five innings in his only career start at Coors Field back in 2012.
Padres and Athletics swap Luke Gregerson for Seth Smith
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The Padres and Athletics have agreed to deal pitcher Luke Gregerson
for outfielder Seth Smith
, according to Yahoo!
Gregerson is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.71 ERA in 66 1/3 innings in a setup role with the club. Gregerson is the second reliever acquired by the A's in the past two days. They acquired Jim Johnson from the Orioles Monday.
Smith hit .253/.329/.391 in 368 at-bats last season. He's been an effective player against righties over his career, hitting .279/.358/.487 in 1,671 at-bats.
Ross Detwiler not assured spot in rotation
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Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler
is not assured a spot in the team's rotation next season, according to CSN.
General manager Mike Rizzo would not commit to Detwiler being the team's fifth start. He'll likely have to battle with Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark for the spot. Detwiler had a 4.04 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season.