Phillies sign trio to minor league contracts
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:14 pm ET) The Phillies have signed first baseman Chris McGuiness and pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Kevin Slowey to minor league contracts.

The Phillies released O'Sullivan after the season. McGuinness earned 34 at-bats with Texas in 2013, but did not play at the major league level last year. Slowey was released by Miami in June after a poor performance.


Giants dispatch 1B Villanola to minors
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:28 pm ET) The Giants have outrighted first baseman Angel Villanola to the minors. He is no longer on the 40-man roster.

Villanola has yet to earn an at-bat in the major leagues.


Twins sign 1B Brock Peterson to minor league deal
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:17 pm ET) The Twins have signed journeyman first baseman Brock Peterson to a minor league contract. He played in 117 games at the Triple-A levels of the Nationals and Dodgers organizations last year. He had a strong season with a .301 average, 15 home runs and 67 RBI in 117 games.

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Marlins, Yankees formally announce five-player trade
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Marlins and Yankees formally announced a five player trade on Friday, per MLB.com. The Marlins acquired infielder Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps from New York in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo German. Miami also received an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.

Prado hit .282 with 12 homers and 58 RBI in 143 games played between the Yankees and Diamondbacks. Phelps went 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 92 strikeouts over 113 innings pitched. 

Eovaldi registered a 4.37 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 142:43 K:BB ratio over 199 2/3 innings as a starter in Miami. Jones hit .246 with 15 homers and 53 RBI over 496 at-bats in his lone season with the Marlins.


Pirates sign 1B Corey Hart to one-year contract
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) 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.

Marlins acquire Martin Prado in trade with Yankees
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the Yankees have traded third baseman Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps to the Marlins in exchange for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, first baseman Garrett Jones and Domingo German. The Marlins will also receive an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.

Michael Morse signs two-year, $16 million deal with Marlins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Outfielder Michael Morse's agent confirmed he's signed a contract with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the deal is worth $16 million for two years.

Morse played a crucial part in San Francisco's championship run in 2014, batting .279 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games. He had just six hits over 20 postseason at-bats.


Michael Morse agrees to two-year deal with Marlins
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Free agent outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse has agreed to a deal with the Marlins, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. MLB.com reports it is a two-year deal, pending a physical. FOX Sports was first to report Morse was close to a deal with Miami.

Morse heads to Miami with a .281/.335/.473/.808 slash line over 10 seasons in the majors. He helped San Francisco to a World Series title in 2014, while batting .279 with a .475 slugging percentage, 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games.

In nine career games at Marlins Park, Morse has a .314 average, .457 slugging percentage, .771 OPS, one triple, three doubles and five RBI.


Orioles on Ryan Howard's pre-approved list for trades
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Orioles and the Phillies discussed a package deal that included outfielder Marlon Byrd and first baseman Ryan Howard during the winter meetings, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports Saturday.

According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, the Orioles are one of eight teams on Howard's pre-approved list for trades. An American League team seems like an ideal landing spot for the veteran, who could spend the final two years of his contract as a designated hitter. However, according to Heyman, there's "not a lot there at the moment" between the two clubs.

Howard has two years and a guaranteed $60 million remaining on his contract, with a $23 million option for 2017. He slashed .223/.310/.380 with 23 homers, 95 RBI while also striking out 190 times over 569 at-bats last season


Mets agree to deal with John Mayberry
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Free agent outfielder/first baseman John Mayberry Jr. has agreed to a major-league deal with the Mets, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. It is a one-year deal for $1.45 million, according to the New York Post.

Mayberry has a .241 average, .305 on-base percentage, .429 slugging percentage and .734 OPS in six MLB seasons. He also has 53 career home runs.

Mayberry has a .208 average, two home runs, five doubles and 12 RBI in 31 career games at Citi Field.


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