Mark Minicozzi
Nationals sign Mark Minicozzi to minor-league deal
Mark Minicozzi, 3B, SF
12/20/2014
News: The Nationals have signed infielder Mark Minicozzi to a minor-league deal.

Minicozzi, 31, hit .298/.400/.470 with 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 315 at-bats with Triple-A San Jose in 2014. He has yet to appear in a regular-season game in the majors.

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Will Middlebrooks
Red Sox, Padres complete Hanigan-for-Middlebrooks trade
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, SD
12/19/2014
News: The Red Sox and Padres completed a trade Friday, with catcher Ryan Hanigan heading to Boston in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, the Red Sox announced.

Hanigan, 34, is signed for two more seasons with a team option for 2017. He hit .218/.318/.324 with five home runs and 34 RBI in 225 at-bats in 2014.

Middlebrooks, 26, is eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2015 season. He hit .191/.256/.265 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 215 at-bats in 2014.

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Casey McGehee
Giants get Class A hurlers for Marlins 3B McGehee
Casey McGehee, 3B, SF
12/19/2014
News: The Giants are trading minor league right-handers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo for Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee.

Both pitched at a Class A level last season and averaged more than a strikeout per inning.

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Troy Tulowitzki
Mets P Syndergaard center of Tulowitzki talks with Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
12/19/2014
News: Premier Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is the centerpiece of trade talks involving Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, who is further reporting that the teams are not close to finalizing a trade.

The pitching-rich Mets are dangling the 22-year-old Syndergaard, who struggled at the Triple-A level in 2014 with a 4.60 ERA and career-worst 1.48 WHIP. Syndergaard has fanned 474 in just 426 2/3 innings.

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Matt Kemp
Bud Black reveals OF configuration for Padres in 2015
Matt Kemp, OF, SD
12/19/2014
News: Bud Black sees his revamped Padres outfield consisting of Justin Upton in left, Matt Kemp in right and Wil Myers in center, per The Associated Press.

The very active Padres will have an entirely new outfield in 2015.

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Aaron Northcraft
Padres pick up RHP Northcroft in Upton deal
Aaron Northcraft, SP, SD
12/19/2014
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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Martin Prado
Report suggests Marlins could trade deposed 3B McGehee
Martin Prado, 2B, MIA
12/19/2014
News: The deal that sent Martin Prado to the Marlins could result in 2014 surprise Casey McGehee being expendable, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Prado is expected to assume the role of every-day third baseman for Miami. McGehee flashed virtually no power last season, but drove in 76 runs, batted .287 and committed just seven errors.

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Shane Peterson
Cubs claim Oakland castoff OF Shane Peterson
Shane Peterson, CF, CHC
12/19/2014
News: Outfielder Shane Peterson has been claimed by the Cubs a week after being designated for assignment by Oakland.

Peterson managed one hit in seven at-bats for the Athletics in 2013 and has not played since.

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Freddy Galvis
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis finally set to start
Freddy Galvis, 3B, PHI
12/19/2014
News: Shortstop Freddy Galvis has been waiting for several years for a full-time opportunity from the Phillies and now he's got it. But general manager Ruben Amaro did not exactly give him a ringing endorsement Friday.

"Whether he's earned it or not, we don't know," Amaro told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He has not earned it at the plate. Galvis owns a .218 lifetime batting average and hit a mere .176 with a meager .227 on-base percentage last season.

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Corey Hart
Pirates sign 1B Corey Hart to one-year contract
Corey Hart, 1B, PIT
12/19/2014
News: The Pirates announced they signed veteran first baseman Corey Hart to a one-year deal on Friday, per the team's official website. Hart is expected to make $2.5 million from Pittsburgh, plus $2.5 million in incentives, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hart will likely be the right-handed platoon option with Pedro Alvarez at first base. Hart has 160 homers in his 10-year career in the majors. Last season, he appeared in only 68 games due to injury, batting .203 with six home runs, nine doubles and 21 RBI.
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