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 Posted: Fri Dec 19th, 2014 03:10 am
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The Kansas City Royals are hoping a clean bill of health helps Kris Medlen regain the form that once made him of the top young arms in baseball.

Medlen and the Royals agreed to a two-year deal Thursday that will reportedly pay the right-hander a guaranteed $8.5 million - $2 million next season and $5.5 million in 2016.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the contract includes a mutual $10-million option for 2017 with a $1-million buyout if either party declines. Medlen's deal reportedly contains several incentives, including additional bonuses of $4 million and $6 million in each of the next two seasons.

The Royals confirmed the deal but did not disclose financial terms of the agreement.

Medlen, who missed the entire 2014 season recovering from elbow surgery as a member of the Atlanta Braves, emerged as one of the top arms in the game after his full-time transition from reliever to starter in 2012.

AS STARTER     GS   IP       ERA   WHIP
2012              12    83.2   0.97   0.80
2013              31    194    3.11   1.22
The 29-year-old was non-tendered by the Braves earlier this month, along with former teammate and fellow Tommy John patient Brandon Beachy, after Medlen rejected a one-year, $5.3-million contract. Atlanta's offer reportedly included a club option with a low-base salary for 2016.

The club designated infielder Johnny Giavotella for assignment in order to make room for Medlen on the 40-man roster.

It's an intriguing pickup for the American League champion Royals, who are not expected to bring back free-agent pitcher James Shields.

Medlen, the projected Opening Day starter for the Braves in 2014, is said to be recovering well from his second Tommy John procedure and Royals general manager Dayton Moore expects him to return to action after the All-Star break.

Thursday's signing marks the second significant free-agent pitching acquisition for the Royals in as many days. The club reportedly agreed to terms with right-hander Edinson Volquez on a two-year, $20-million contract Wednesday.

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Billy Beane at it again.
Trades catcher Derek Norris to Padres for 2 minor leaguers



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Jake Peavy isn't leaving San Francisco.

The Giants and the free-agent right-handed starter have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $24-million deal, according to multiple reports.

Peavy will make $7M in 2015 and $13M in 2016. $4M signing bonus and full no trade clause.

— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 19, 2014
Peavy was acquired by the Giants from the Boston Red Sox in a late July trade, and helped San Francisco win another World Series, the club's second in three years and third in five years.

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Former Los Angeles Angels prospect Ryan Bolden was shot and killed late Wednesday night in Atlanta, as first reported by FOX 5.

Bolden, 23, was involved in an altercation at an apartment complex that turned violent after a group of children were fighting over candy and parents got involved.

"He was a tremendous young man," Angels scouting director Ric Wilson told MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. "He was very polite, he worked hard, he respected himself, he respected people, he respected authority and he just did whatever he could to make himself a better baseball player. ... He was just a really good young man, and came from a really good family. It's heartbreaking, it really is."

The Angels selected Bolden with the 40th overall pick (supplemental first round) of the 2010 draft, and he played four years in the team's farm system. A back injury prompted him to leave the organization in 2013.

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The San Diego Padres have reportedly agreed to terms with right-hander Josh Johnson on a one-year contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

josh johnson headed back to padres. base expected to be a bit less than $2M with incentives that can take him back to $8M.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 18, 2014
The Padres declined Johnson's $4-million option for the 2015 campaign earlier this offseason after he missed the entire 2014 season due to his second Tommy John surgery.

The Friars are also reportedly inking another one-year pact with former Toronto Blue Jays hurler Brandon Morrow.

Johnson last took the mound as a member of the Blue Jays in 2013, posting a 2-8 record with a 6.20 ERA in 16 starts.

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SAN DIEGO -- Slugger Matt Kemp has joined the Padres after San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a five-player trade Thursday night.

The teams agreed to the trade last week during the winter meetings in San Diego. It was the first of three big deals by new Padres general manager A.J. Preller, who also has added outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, from Tampa Bay and All-Star catcher Derek Norris from Oakland.

The Padres, desperate to pump up the worst offense in the majors, also get $32 million from the Dodgers to help offset the $107 million remaining on Kemp's contract. The Padres' obligation of $75 million to Kemp over five years becomes the biggest deal in club history.

Kemp twice made the All-Star team during his time in L.A., as well as winning two Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards. His 182 homers rank fourth in Los Angeles Dodgers history.

Kemp weighed in on the deal via social media, penning a "goodbye to the city and the fans who have been there since the beginning of my career."


It is with a lot of emotion that I say goodbye to the city and the fans who have been there since the... http://t.co/IbyhZWQ55B

— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) December 11, 2014

San Diego also gets catcher Tim Federowicz. The Dodgers receive catcher Yasmani Grandal and right-handers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.

In a deal agreed to last week but not yet official, the Dodgers plan to trade Eflin and pitching prospect Tom Windle to the Philadelphia Phillies for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

Padres president Mike Dee declined to comment on reports that the team was concerned with certain aspects of Kemp's physical.

"It was a process that played out in a way that was, I think, consistent with what we thought going into it," Dee told The Associated Press. "We had a player that had some prior injures and we wanted to make sure we did a full exam. A.J. and his team did their due diligence, conferred with our medical team and ultimately were comfortable moving forward."

The deal was completed despite some possible lingering ill will between the Dodgers' front office and Preller because of the belief that Kemp's physical results were leaked to help San Diego pry further concessions out of its NL West foes, sources told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. The Padres did ask for additional compensation from the Dodgers after Kemp's physical, but Los Angeles refused.

The deal was cast into some doubt after USA Today reported Thursday that Kemp's physical with the Padres revealed arthritis in both hips. The Dodgers were upset that Kemp's medical information leaked publicly, sources said, though one Dodgers source told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon that the team never felt the deal was seriously jeopardized.

Former Dodgers scouting director Logan White, who now works in San Diego, was viewed as one of the driving forces behind the deal's completion.

Kemp has had shoulder and ankle operations in recent years. Last May, he was groomed to play left field because the Dodgers weren't confident he could handle the defensive demands of playing center field after undergoing ankle surgery the previous offseason.

The Padres had a historically awful offense in the first half of 2014 before pulling out of it to finish third in the NL West. Still, they were at the bottom of the majors with a .226 average, .292 on-base percentage and 535 runs. Their 109 homers were the second-fewest in the bigs.

The 30-year-old Kemp had a strong second half in 2014 for the NL West champion Dodgers. He finished the season with a .287 average, 25 home runs and 89 RBIs, hitting 17 of those homers after the All-Star break while driving in 54 runs. He led the major leagues in slugging percentage during that span.

Kemp was the runner-up for the National League MVP in 2011, but he has dealt with a long string of injuries since April 2012. He underwent two shoulder surgeries and a major operation on his right ankle and had three hamstring strains. Until now, he had never been diagnosed with a hip ailment.

The Dodgers had been looking to trade an expensive veteran outfielder -- either Kemp, Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford -- for more than a year. They still will listen to offers for Ethier and Crawford since they are intent on giving prospect Joc Pederson an everyday opportunity and are content with Scott Van Slyke as their fourth outfielder.

Grandal, 26, led the Padres with 15 homers last season while hitting .225.

He was suspended for the first 50 games of 2013 after testing positive for testosterone and then tore up his right knee in a collision at the plate that July. He's also played first base.

Also Thursday, the Padres acquired Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot from the Oakland Athletics for right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. They also are nearing a deal for right-hander Josh Johnson, and have agreed to an 11-player, three-team trade that will bring them Myers in a swap expected to be completed Friday morning.

Norris, 25, batted .270 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs in 127 games for the A's, who lost the wild-card game at Kansas City.

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NEW YORK -- Yankees president Randy Levine confirmed Thursday that the team is highly unlikely to bid on right-hander Max Scherzer, the top starting pitcher in this offseason's free-agent crop.

"The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' Levine told reporters at a midtown news conference to announce a broadcast deal between the YES Network and the New York Football Club. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.''

Levine did not mention Scherzer by name, but his words echoed those of two sources who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

"He's a great pitcher," the source said of Scherzer, "but not even the Yankees can have three $25 [million] to $30 million pitchers on the payroll. You just can't."

The 30-year-old Scherzer, who is represented by Scott Boras, is believed to be seeking a deal in line with the six-year, $155 million contract Jon Lester recently signed with the Chicago Cubs.

The Yankees already have two pitchers, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka, earning more than $20 million for 2015, and both are coming off injury-plagued 2014 seasons.

Sabathia, 34, is owed a minimum of $48 million for 2015 and 2016, with a $25 million vesting option for 2017. Tanaka, who suffered a partially torn UCL last July that still may require Tommy John surgery, is owed $133 million over six more seasons .

"Long-term deals for pitchers over 30 generally don't work out," the source said. "The only one I can recall that did is Mike Mussina.''

Scherzer, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner, went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA for the Detroit Tigers in 2014.

The Yankees will take seven candidates to spring training for the five starting spots -- Sabathia, Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova (coming off Tommy John surgery and likely not available until May), newly re-signed Chris Capuano, David Phelps and Adam Warren.

It is unknown whether Hiroki Kuroda, who will turn 40 in February, will return to pitch another season. Sources have told ESPNNewYork.com the Yankees are still exploring the trade market for a starting pitcher, and there are lower-level starters still available on the free-agent market.

"We are out there looking but it has to be tempered by the reality of the organization. Looking at our pitching staff for example we have two guys with a lot of money and we have to build around that,'' Levine said. "The Steinbrenner tradition is if there is a way to make the team better, (general manager Brian Cashman) is out there trying to make the team better.''

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Outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig will receive a salary of about $6 million annually in retirement, sources told ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

Selig, 80, took over running MLB as chairman of the executive council in 1992 after helping force commissioner Fay Vincent's resignation, was elected commissioner in July 1998 and is retiring on Jan. 25, when Rob Manfred takes over with a five-year term.

Manfred, who has worked for MLB since 1998, was chosen to replace Selig in August over Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.

Selig will be honored with an interactive exhibit at the Brewers' Miller Park in Milwaukee. The "Selig Experience" in the left-field corner of the loge level is to include include a 3-D multimedia presentation and a replica of Selig's paper-cluttered County Stadium office.

Selig helped bring Major League Baseball back to Milwaukee when he led the group that bought the expansion Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court and moved the team to Wisconsin before the 1970 season.

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Padres looking to compete this year. Half their team is new.



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The San Diego Padres now have a Big 3 to fill out spacious Petco Park.

Multiple reports said Friday the club has traded for Atlanta Braves slugger Justin Upton, capping a wild 48 hours that saw the Padres deal for a trio of power-hitting outfielders. It remains unclear who the Braves will receive in exchange for Upton, who has hit at least 27 homers in three of the last four seasons.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported the Braves were finishing up a trade involving the slugger, though it was unclear where he might be headed.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com speculated what the return might look like:

It does seem like the #Padres are the most likely club to get J-Up. If so, the #Braves have interest in Hedges, Wisler, Fried and Renfroe.

— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 19, 2014
Several teams, including the Padres, Baltimore Orioles, and Seattle Mariners had expressed interest in trading for the two-time All-Star.

Upton, who is entering the final year of his contract and will make over $14.7 million in 2015, generated plenty of interest this offseason given his right-handed power in a market starved for offense from that side.

The Braves have reportedly been steadfast in their desire to move Upton before he hits free agency, similar to their handling of Jason Heyward and his expiring contract.

Atlanta dealt the slick-fielding defender to the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this offseason for a package that included right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller.Upton, 27, is coming off a productive season in Atlanta, hitting .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 34 doubles in 154 games. The eight-year veteran produced 33 percent more runs than league average after adjusting for league and park factors, and ranked 11th among National League outfielders with 3.9 WAR.

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The San Diego Padres now have a Big Three to fill out spacious Petco Park.

Multiple reports Friday have the club trading for Atlanta Braves slugger Justin Upton, capping a wild 48 hours that saw the Padres deal for a trio of power-hitting outfielders. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting the return package for the Braves includes highly-touted pitching prospect Max Fried.

lhp max fried, ss jace peterson, 3b dustin peterson, of mallex smith going to braves for justin upon and low-level player

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, 2014
Upton, who is entering the final year of his contract and will make over $14.7 million in 2015, generated plenty of interest this offseason given his right-handed power in a market starved for offense from that side.

The 27-year-old is coming off a productive season in Atlanta, hitting .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 34 doubles in 154 games. The eight-year veteran produced 33 percent more runs than league average after adjusting for league and park factors, and ranked 11th among National League outfielders with 3.9 WAR.

He now joins an outfield that's heavy on right-handed hitters who occupy corner positions.

The Padres completed a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday that netted them two-time All-Star Matt Kemp, just hours after reportedly triggering a three-team, 11-player deal that secured them 2013 Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays. Those are just a few of the moves new general manager A.J. Preller has made since assuming the position less than four months ago.

NOTABLE MOVES  POSITION   2014 TEAM
Justin Upton             OF            Braves
Matt Kemp               OF            Dodgers
Wil Myers                 OF             Rays
Derek Norris              C              Athletics
Brandon Morrow       RHP           Blue Jays
It remains unclear how Padres skipper Bud Black will write his lineup card, or if Preller has even more tricks up his sleeve. The Padres already have an outfield that includes the left-handed hitting Seth Smith, center fielder Will Venable, and oft-injured power hitter Carlos Quentin.

Potential arrangements include deploying Myers in center field or even at first base, where he played a pair of games at for the Rays last season.

Related: Busy offseason propels Padres into contention

The Braves have reportedly been steadfast in their desire to move Upton before he hits free agency, similar to their handling of Jason Heyward and his expiring contract.

Atlanta dealt the slick-fielding defender to the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this offseason for a package that included right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller. The Braves then signed free-agent outfielder Nick Markakis to replace Heyward.Baseball America's JJ Cooper tweeted abbreviated scouting reports on the players headed to the Braves, headlined by recovering Tommy John patient Fried - rated the Padres' third-best prospect entering the 2014 season:

Max Fried: Was one of better LHP prospects in game, but in middle of TJ rehab. Gamble on high upside arm with uncertainty.

— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 19, 2014
Dustin Peterson: Potentially everyday regular. Some scouts see him as better fit at 2B than 3B. Solid power for a teenager. + Bat Speed

— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 19, 2014
Jace Peterson, likely LHH utility guy who could exceed that expectation

— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 19, 2014
Scout who likes Mallex Smith: Jarrod Dyson type who is a good bunter. Bottom of order hitter.

— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 19, 2014

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Will middlebrooks traded to Padres for Ryan Hanigan



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The Colorado Rockies and New York Mets are reportedly making progress on a potential blockbuster trade involving superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting the two clubs have been discussing the framework for such a deal for weeks now, but cautions the parties are still in the early stages of negotiations.

Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard - considered the club's No. 1-rated prospect - is rumored to be the centerpiece of a potential deal for the four-time All-Star Tulowitzki. The hard-throwing right-hander was a consensus top 15 prospect in all of baseball prior to last season.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms the teams have engaged in talks, but says several obstacles remain in completing such a deal. Rosenthal handicaps the chances of a trade at between 5-10 percent.

Among the most notable challenges: Tulowitzki's health and contract. The oft-injured star has played more than 140 games just once since 2010 and is owed $118 million over the next six years. There's also an assumed reluctance on the part of Rockies ownership to move the face of the franchise and one of the game's best players when healthy.

Tulowitzki, 30, produced an MVP-type first half, crushing 21 homers and posting a 1.048 OPS prior to the All-Star break. His season ended in late July, however, after suffering a labrum tear that required hip surgery. Despite playing just 91 games last year, Tulowitzki finished second among MLB shortstops with 5.1 WAR.

He's expected to be ready by Opening Day.

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The San Diego Padres have agreed to terms with free-agent catcher David Ross, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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Benlen wrote: Will middlebrooks traded to Padres for Ryan Hanigan

 

Is this official ?  I've heard the rumors but only that both teams were close to
completing the deal.

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