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.

A's C Stephen Vogt expects to be ready for opening day
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt believes he'll be ready for opening day, according to MLB.com.

Vogt had foot surgery in October, but had his walking boot removed Thursday. Vogt admitted that he may not be 100 percent by spring training, but said he expects to be ready for opening day. After playing multiple positions due to the injury last season, Vogt said he's eager to get behind the plate again. 

The 30-year-old Vogt hit .279/.321/.431 over 269 at-bats last year. 


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.


Report: Marlins starting to field trade inquiries on Garrett Jones
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) With the reports the Marlins have agreed to a two-year deal with Michael Morse, the Marlins are already receiving trade inquiries about first baseman Garrett Jones, according to MLB.com. 

The Marlins still could keep Jones as a left-handed bat off the bench, but his $5 million salary could be make him too expensive of a bench option. Jones hit .246 with 15 home runs, 33 doubles and 53 RBI in 146 games last season for Miami.


Blue Jays, first baseman Daric Barton agree to minor-league deal
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Blue Jays have signed free agent first baseman Daric Barton to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. 

Barton spent the last eight seasons as a member of the Athletics organization, posting a career .247 average with 30 home runs and 184 RBI. He hit just .158 in 2014 with five RBI. 


Royals officially announce signing of Kendrys Morales
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Royals made their signing of first baseman Kendrys Morales official Tuesday by announcing a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017. The deal is said to be worth $17 million. 

Morales hit .218 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 42 RBI in 2014. 


Showalter: Chris Davis gets approval 'for what he got suspended for'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in an interview with 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday slugger Chris Davis received approval "for what he got suspended for" during the 2014 season, according to MASNsports.com. Davis was suspended 25 games late in the season for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption.

Davis, who hit an MLB-best 53 home runs in 2013, struggled offensively in 2014. He hit just .196 in 127 games. He did hit 26 home runs, while also posting 16 doubles, 65 runs and 72 RBI.


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.


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