Scott Downs
Indians sign pitcher Scott Downs to minor-league contract
Scott Downs, RP, CLE
1:07 PM
News: The Indians announced they signed pitcher Scott Downs to a minor-league contract Saturday.

Downs also received a non-roster invite to MLB camp.

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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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Brian Wilson
Dodgers dump RHP Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson, RP, LAD
12/19/2014
News: Three days after designating reliever Brian Wilson for assignment, the Dodgers have released him.

Wilson struggled in 2014 after a strong stint upon his arrival with Los Angeles in 2013. He finished the year with a 4.66 ERA and 29 walks in 48 1/3 innings.

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Craig Breslow
Report: LHP Craig Breslow staying with Red Sox
Craig Breslow, RP, BOS
12/19/2014
News: Left-hander reliever Craig Breslow is set to sign a one-year deal with the Red Sox for $2 million, per WEEI.com.

Breslow pitched for Boston the last two years, but collapsed in 2014 after compiling a 1.81 ERA the previous year. He finished with a 5.93 ERA and 73 hits in 54 1/3 innings.

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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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David Ross
Report: Cubs sign veteran C David Ross
David Ross, C, BOS
12/19/2014
News: Catcher David Ross has signed a two-year contract with the Cubs for $5 million, sources have told Fox Sports insider Ken Rosenthal.

Ross, who was rumored to be headed to San Diego, has served as a backup throughout his career. His average has slipped in each of the last four seasons and dropped to .184 in 2014. It was his lowest mark in 10 years.

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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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Brandon Gomes
Rays designate veteran RHP Brandon Gomes
Brandon Gomes, RP, TB
12/19/2014
News: The Rays have designated right-hander Brandon Gomes for assignment.

Gomes split last season between Tampa Bay and Triple-A Durham. He finished the year with a 2-2 mark and 3.71 ERA in 29 relief appearances.

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