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 Posted: Wed Dec 17th, 2014 02:09 am
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Brad Penny is hoping to crack a major league rotation for just the second time since 2012.

The veteran pitcher reportedly agreed to a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday with a chance to compete for a rotation spot in the spring, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Penny has thrown just 54 innings in the majors over the last three seasons, while compiling a 2-2 record and 6.33 ERA split between being a starter and reliever.

The 36-year-old appeared in eight games with the Miami Marlins last season, going 2-1 with a 6.58 ERA and 1.80 WHIP. He also made five starts with Triple-A New Orleans, going 2-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.

Chicago represents the eighth organization of Penny's 14-year career and the seventh since 2009.

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Chris Davis won't take the field for the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Day as he completes the 25-game suspension he incurred in August after testing positive for amphetamines for a second time.

The first baseman will, however, be free to use Adderall next season - the drug he insists triggered the positive test - after receiving a therapeutic-use exemption from Major League Baseball for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Davis recently informed Orioles manager Buck Showalter that the league granted him permission to use the drug in 2015, Showalter told Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday.

Davis received exemptions from the league when he played for the Texas Rangers earlier in his career, but was denied permission to use the drug shortly after he was acquired by the Orioles in July of 2011. It is believed Davis did not have an exemption in either 2012 or 2013, according to Encina.

Davis, an All-Star in 2013, appeared in 127 games last season, hitting just .196/.300/.404 with 26 home runs and 173 strikeouts in 525 plate appearances.

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The Baltimore Orioles reportedly added yet another left-hander to their bullpen Tuesday evening by agreeing to a one-year deal with Wesley Wright, according to MASN's Roch Kubatko.

Wright, a seven-year veteran, fashioned a 3.17 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP over 58 appearances for the Chicago Cubs last season, though he managed a career-worst 17.7 percent strikeout rate. He did, however, limit left-handed hitters to a .594 OPS and didn't surrender a single extra-base hit in 85 plate appearances.

Despite losing Andrew Miller to free agency, the Orioles currently have four left-handers poised to receive spots in the bullpen next season, and the addition of Wright will likely fuel trade speculation surrounding Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland.

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San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller added Matt Kemp to his underwhelming roster last week, but the newly hired executive reportedly remains eager to add more talent to his outfield.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Padres are discussing a significant trade with the Tampa Bay Rays that would send 24-year-old Wil Myers to San Diego. Some of the Padres' better prospects are likely to be included, though, and Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday night that a third team could be involved.

Sources: Significant optimism that Wil Myers to San Diego gets done. Said to be very close. @Ken_Rosenthal first mentioned the trade talks.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 17, 2014
Austin Hedges, who's widely considered among the game's top defensive catching prospects, would probably be one of the players headed to Tampa Bay, as the 25-year-old has been included in trade proposals to the Rays, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Myers, a third-round pick in 2009, won the American League Rookie of the Year award two seasons ago after hitting .293/.354/.478 with 36 extra-base hits in 88 games for Tampa Bay before regressing significantly in 2014. The young outfielder managed a measly .614 OPS with just six home runs in 87 contests and spent 81 days on the disabled list due to a fractured wrist.

However, Myers remains under club control through 2019 and won't be eligible for salary arbitration for two more years. Despite his disappointing sophomore campaign, Myers represents the kind of compelling talent largely absent from a Padres team that managed a fourth successive losing season in 2014 while scoring fewer runs than every other team in baseball.

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The Atlanta Braves traded right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro to the Boston Red Sox for minor league right-hander Aaron Kurcz, the teams announced.

Varvaro was designated for assignment by the Braves on Monday to make room on the 40-man roster for infielder Alberto Callaspo.

The 30-year-old had spent the last four years with the Braves, making 123 appearances over the past two seasons. In 54 2/3 innings in 2013, Varvaro posted a 2.63 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, while striking out 50 batters.

Kurcz, 23, spent last season with Double-A Portland, making 34 appearances in relief. The 11th-round pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2010, Kurcz managed a 2.14 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 42 innings while striking out 54.

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SEATTLE - The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.

Seattle sent minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago as part of Wednesday's trade.

Ruggiano could be part of the solution Seattle has sought in right field. Ruggiano appeared in 81 games last season for the Cubs, hitting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs. He's shown glimpses of power and hitting for average during two seasons in Miami. In 2011, Ruggiano batted .313 with 13 homers, a year after hitting a career-best 18 home runs in 128 games.

Ruggiano also provides flexibility in the outfield having played all three positions.

Brazis, 25, was 4-1 and a 2.36 ERA in 40 relief appearances last season with Single-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson.

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The San Francisco Giants have brought back Sergio Romo, agreeing to a two-year, $15 million deal with the reliever, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Romo's deal with the reigning World Series champions was reported earlier Wednesday by Fox Sports.

Romo went 6-4 with a 3.72 ERA and 23 saves this past season. The right-hander was removed from the closer role in June, as manager Bruce Bochy went to a committee to save games due to his struggles.

Romo pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in the World Series for the Giants and is 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA and four saves in 25 career postseason appearances, helping San Francisco win three World Series championships.

In seven seasons, all with the Giants, Romo is 31-21 with a 2.51 ERA and 78 saves. He was paid $5.5 million in 2014.

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CLEVELAND - Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger.

The team said Kipnis had the operation on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. Kipnis injured his finger while working out at home in Chicago. Kipnis was examined over the weekend by team medical personnel and his operation was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham.

The Indians say they expect Kipnis, who batted just .240 this season, to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. The club did not indicate how Kipnis might be limited during spring training.

The 27-year-old Kipnis was an All-Star in 2013, batting .284 with 17 homers and 84 RBIs in 149 games. He hit just six homers and drove in only 41 runs this past season. He signed a $52.5 million, six-year contract in April.

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A big 3 team trade has been completed between Tampa Bay, San Diego and Washington.


To Tampa Bay
C Rene Rivera ( from San Diego )
RHP Burch Smith ( from San Diego )
1B Jake Bauers ( from San Diego )
OF Steven Souza ( from Washington )
LHP Travis Ott ( from Washington )


To San Diego
OF Will Myers ( from Tampa Bay )
C Ryan Hanigan ( from Tampa Bay )
RHP Gerardo Reyes ( from Tampa Bay )
LHP Jose Castillo ( from Tampa Bay )


To Washington
RHP Joe Ross ( from San Diego )
SS Trea Turner ( from San Diego )




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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A source close to the situation confirmed that the Royals on Wednesday agreed to a two-year deal worth $20 million with right-hander Edinson Volquez.

CBSSports.com first reported the agreement.

Volquez will be in Kansas City later this week for a physical.

Volquez, 31, was 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA last season for the Pirates. He logged 192 2/3 innings, by far his best season since 2008 when he was 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA for the Reds.

The Royals will be Volquez's sixth organization.

The Royals now appeared to have completed their off-season shopping needs.

On Tuesday, the Royals introduced their new designated hitter, switch-hitter Kendrys Morales.

The Royals also have signed right fielder Alex Rios to a one-year, $11 million deal, pending a physical.

Volquez will replace free-agent James Shields and join Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Vargas in the rotation.

Kansas City had shown interest in free-agent pitcher Jake Peavy as well.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: A big 3 team trade has been completed between Tampa Bay, San Diego and Washington.


To Tampa Bay
C Rene Rivera ( from San Diego )
RHP Burch Smith ( from San Diego )
1B Jake Bauers ( from San Diego )
OF Steven Souza ( from Washington )
LHP Travis Ott ( from Washington )


To San Diego
OF Will Myers ( from Tampa Bay )
C Ryan Hanigan ( from Tampa Bay )
RHP Gerardo Reyes ( from Tampa Bay )
LHP Jose Castillo ( from Tampa Bay )


To Washington
RHP Joe Ross ( from San Diego )
SS Trea Turner ( from San Diego )




 

I never thought the Rays would trade Myers.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Ryan Kalish to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

In 57 games with the Chicago Cubs last season, Kalish batted .248 while splitting time between all three outfield positions.

He spent parts of the 2010 and 2012 seasons with the Boston Red Sox. The team originally drafted him in the ninth round of the 2006 Draft.

The 26-year-old missed the 2011 and 2013 seasons due to various surgeries.

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The Blue Jays have signed left-hander Andrew Albers to a deal, a source told MLBDailyRumors.com on Tuesday. Albers spent 2014 pitching in South Korea. The Canadian hurler went 6-13 in 28 starts with a 5.89 ERA overseas. In 2013, he went 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 10 starts for Minnesota.

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The pending Matt Kemp trade is in extra innings and down to its final out.

Kemp remains in limbo as of Thursday - one week after the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly shipped the slugger to the San Diego Padres in a five-player blockbuster trade. The delay is said to be a result of Kemp's extensive medical history, which most recently includes surgeries on his shoulder and ankle.

Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports is reporting, however, Kemp's physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, causing the Padres to consult medical experts as they consider their next move. The two teams reportedly have until the close of business Thursday to complete the trade.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports later noted that teams have up to 72 hours to perform medical examinations, possibly allowing the Padres and Dodgers an extra day to finalize details.

"Everything is OK," Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. "We're just waiting on the final details. Should be good to go."

Kemp and his representatives have yet to hear from the Padres since Tuesday's physical, according to Rosenthal, and multiple reports suggest the club is attempting to extract even more from the Dodgers given the 30-year-old's injury concerns. Los Angeles already reportedly agreed to pay $32 million of the $107 million owed to Kemp over the next five seasons.

Rosenthal touched on the potential implications from Nightengale's report:

Information damages Kemp in public realm. Gives appearance of #Padres trying to leverage medical information. And is a violation of HIPAA.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 18, 2014


San Diego general manager A.J. Preller figures to have the upper hand in the 11th hour of negotiations, given the Dodgers' reported plan to move pitching prospect Zach Eflin - one of the pieces included in the potential Kemp deal - to the Philadelphia Phillies in order to complete the Jimmy Rollins trade.

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The Oakland Athletics added depth to their bullpen Thursday, acquiring reliever Eury De La Rosa from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations.

De La Rosa, 24, was designated for assignment Friday by the Diamondbacks after pitching to a 2.95 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings across 25 appearances in 2014.

The left-hander was originally signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2008 and spent parts of five seasons in the Diamondbacks minor league system before making his MLB debut last year. De La Rosa isn't eligible for arbitration until 2018 and is under club control through the 2020 season.

Oakland designated right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-player roster.

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