Diamondbacks bring in LHP Dan Runzler
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Left-hander Dan Runzler did not stick around in Japan for long. He spent the last two months of the 2014 season there, but is back in the states after signing a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks.

Runzler compiled a 3.30 ERA and fanned 53 in 46 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level for San Francisco last season before bolting to Japan.


Braves to sign pitcher Jason Grilli
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Braves will sign pitcher Jason Grilli, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal was initially reported by FoxSports.com.

The 38-year-old Grilli posted a 4.00 ERA over 54 innings last year. The deal is for two seasons, and contains an option for a third year. Grilli is set to make about $8 million.

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Marlins claim RHP Claiborne off waivers from Yankees
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Marlins have claimed right-handed pitcher Preston Claiborne off waivers from the Yankees on Tuesday, according to the team's official website. The roster has now reached 40 players. Claiborne went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA over 21 innings of work last season.

Cardinals lock up RHP Jordan Walden to two-year deal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Cardinals announced they signed pitcher Jordan Walden to a two-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Walden will be locked up through 2016 and will have a club option for 2017.

The right-handed reliever was acquired from the Braves in November. The former closer for the Angels in 2011 went 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and three saves in 58 appearances for Atlanta last season.


Report: Nationals sign reliever Heath Bell
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) The Nationals have signed former standout closer Heath Bell to a minor league contract, a source has told MLBDailyDish.com.

Bell was released by the Yankees in June, though he did not pitch for them at the major league level. He stumbled along with a 7.27 ERA earlier in the season with Tampa Bay.

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Giants have acquired McGehee in deal with Marlins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Giants and Marlins have agreed to a deal that has sent deposed starting third baseman Casey McGehee to San Francisco, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Giants pitchers Matt Duffy and Hunter Strickland are reportedly among the possibilities to be sent to Miami.


Yankees acquire Gonzalez Germen from Mets; DFA Preston Claiborne
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen from the Mets in exchange for an undisclosed amount of cash, per the team's official website. To make room on 40-man roster, the Yankees designated right-handed pitcher Preston Claiborne for assignment.

Dodgers, Phillies officially announce Jimmy Rollins trade
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has officially been traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers, according to the official website of both clubs on Friday. The Dodgers acquired Rollins and cash considerations from the Phillies for left-hander Tom Windle and right-hander Zach Eflin. Both sides initially agreed to the trade during the winter meetings.

Rollins, 36, has a career .230/.277/.345 slash line over 200 at-bats at Dodger Stadium. He hit .243/.323/.394 over 538 at-bats last season. He's in the final year of his contract, and is set to make $11 million next year.


Report: Athletics sending Derek Norris to Padres
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Athletics have agreed to trade catcher Derek Norris to the Padres, according to the New York Daily News.

After dealing Yasmani Grandal to Los Angeles in the Matt Kemp deal, the Padres were in need of a new backstop. It didn't take long for them to replace Grandal, as the team acquired Norris shortly after the Kemp deal went through.

Pitcher Seth Streich will also head to the Padres in the deal, according to FoxSports.com The 23-year-old posted a 3.16 ERA over 114 innings in High A last season.

The 25-year-old Norris is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.361/.403 over 385 at-bats. Norris is under team control through the 2018 season.

The Athletics are expected to receive pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez in the deal, according to Yahoo! The 24-year-old Alvarez posted a 1.25 ERA over 43 1/3 innings at Double-A last year.

Hahn, 25, posted a 3.07 ERA over 73 1/3 innings in the majors last year. He was excellent in Double-A, posting a 1.91 ERA in 42 1/3 innings before being called up.


Cubs agree to sign Anthony Carter
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Cubs have signed reliever Anthony Carter to a minor-league deal, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

Carter spent last season in Japan, pitching for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He posted a 3.97 ERA over 45 1/3 innings. 


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