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 Posted: Fri Dec 19th, 2014 10:47 pm
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lobo316 wrote: 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.

Radio station I am listening to says its a done deal. They also said they picked up catcher Dan Ross.
Wouldn't surprise me if they were wrong tho.

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lobo316 wrote: The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Philles, according to Ken Rosenthal.

It is unknown at this time what the Phillies have received in return.

A three-time all-star, the 2007 National League Most Valuable Player had spent his entire 15-year career with the Phillies. He waived his no-trade clause for the deal.

The 36-year-old was originally selected in the second round of the 1996 Draft by Philadelphia.

He helped lead the Phillies to victory in the 2008 World Series, the franchise's second in its history. Philadelphia returned to the World Series the next season but lost in six games to the New York Yankees.

The Dodgers had lost shortstop Hanley Ramirez in free agency to the Boston Red Sox.

Rollins is owed $11 million this season, the final year of a four-year, $44 million contract extension he signed in 2012.

The four-time Gold Glove winner is the Phillies all-time hits leader with 2306. He has a lifetime batting average of .267 with 216 home runs and 887 RBIs.

 

t's official: Jimmy Rollins is headed to Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced the acquisition of Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, nearly a week after news of the reported trade broke.

Philadelphia receives pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle in exchange for Rollins and cash considerations. 

The trade was held in limbo pending the finalization of the blockbuster deal involving Matt Kemp, which netted the Dodgers right-handed pitching prospect Eflin from the San Diego Padres.

It officially marks the end of Rollins' 15-year tenure with the Phillies, a run that included an MVP season, multiple Gold Gloves and All-Star games, and a franchise-record 2,306 hits.

"Jimmy is both an iconic player and person whom I have had the great joy of watching grow up in this game and this city," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement Friday. "His contributions to the franchise and to Philadelphia are unparalleled and I wish him the best in Los Angeles."

Long-time double play partner Chase Utley also reacted to Friday's official announcement:



Chase says goodbye. pic.twitter.com/K6xfIZDC3X
— MLB (@MLB) December 19, 2014
Eflin, 20, was selected by the Padres in the first round (33rd overall) of the 2012 draft out of high school. The 6-foot-4 right-hander started 24 games at Class-A last year, crafting a 3.80 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 128 innings. 

Baseball America rated Eflin's changeup the best in the organization prior to the 2014 season.

Windle, 22, also appeared at Class-A last year, pitching to a 4.26 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 139 1/3 innings. The left-hander was the Dodgers' second-round pick of the 2013 draft.


 

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Martin Prado's short-lived run in New York is over.

The Yankees shipped the versatile Prado to the Miami Marlins on Friday in exchange for a package that includes right-handed starter Nathan Eovaldi.

Miami also receives pitcher David Phelps and a reported $6 million in cash from the Yankees, who get first baseman Garrett Jones and minor-league prospect Domingo German back in the deal.

Eovaldi provides the Yankees a mid-rotation type arm under club control through the 2017 season. The 24-year-old is projected to earn $3.1 million in his first year of arbitration this winter, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

The hard-throwing starter is coming off a career-high 199 2/3 innings pitched, but sputtered after the All-Star break following a solid first half.

EOVALDI 2014    IP      SO   ERA   WHIP
1st Half            119.2   83   3.61  1.21
2nd Half             80.0   59   5.51  1.51
Despite his second-half struggles, Eovaldi helps stabilize New York's pitching depth after the Yankees lost four-fifths of their starting rotation last year to injury.

Prado, meanwhile, could serve any number of roles for the Marlins, particularly at third base. With recent acquisition Dee Gordon expected to suit up as the everyday second baseman and Michael Morse projected to receive most of his reps at first, Prado stands to supplant Casey McGehee at the hot corner.The nine-year veteran hit .282/.321/.412 with 12 homers and 26 doubles in 143 games with the Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Friday they have signed free-agent outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year contract.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting the deal is worth $2.5 million, plus another $2.5 million in incentives.

Hart's production was slowed by leg injuries last season with the Seattle Mariners after missing all of 2013 recovering from knee surgery. Prior to that, Hart hit at least 26 homers in each of his previous three seasons.

YEAR    GP    HR  AVG   OPS
2010   145  31  .283  .865
2011   130  26  .285  .866
2012   149  30  .270 . 841
2014   68     6   .203  .590
The 6-foot-6 slugger will likely serve as insurance for Pedro Alvarez, who is expected to compete for the starting first base next season. Hart has appeared in over 100 career games at the position.

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lobo316 wrote: Martin Prado's short-lived run in New York is over.

The Yankees shipped the versatile Prado to the Miami Marlins on Friday in exchange for a package that includes right-handed starter Nathan Eovaldi.

Miami also receives pitcher David Phelps and a reported $6 million in cash from the Yankees, who get first baseman Garrett Jones and minor-league prospect Domingo German back in the deal.

Eovaldi provides the Yankees a mid-rotation type arm under club control through the 2017 season. The 24-year-old is projected to earn $3.1 million in his first year of arbitration this winter, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

The hard-throwing starter is coming off a career-high 199 2/3 innings pitched, but sputtered after the All-Star break following a solid first half.

EOVALDI 2014    IP      SO   ERA   WHIP
1st Half            119.2   83   3.61  1.21
2nd Half             80.0   59   5.51  1.51
Despite his second-half struggles, Eovaldi helps stabilize New York's pitching depth after the Yankees lost four-fifths of their starting rotation last year to injury.

Prado, meanwhile, could serve any number of roles for the Marlins, particularly at third base. With recent acquisition Dee Gordon expected to suit up as the everyday second baseman and Michael Morse projected to receive most of his reps at first, Prado stands to supplant Casey McGehee at the hot corner.The nine-year veteran hit .282/.321/.412 with 12 homers and 26 doubles in 143 games with the Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.

Wow, that surprises me.  I hope these kids are good.



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NEW YORK - The Yankees have acquired right-hander Gonzalez Germen from the Mets for cash in the first trade in a decade between the New York rivals.

The 27-year-old had a 4.75 ERA in 25 relief appearances this year with the Mets and was 3-1 with six saves and a 2.38 ERA in 18 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. He is 1-2 with one save and a 4.31 ERA in two years with the Mets.

Eno Sarris of FanGraphs tweets Germen had the second-best changeup in baseball last year by whiffs and ground balls.

The Yankees designated right-hander Preston Claiborne for assignment Friday to clear a roster spot.

The previous trade between the rivals had been when the Yankees obtained Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in a swap of left-handers on Dec. 3, 2004.

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lobo316 wrote: The San Diego Padres have agreed to terms with free-agent catcher David Ross, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

 


UPDATE: Nope: David Ross is going to the Cubs.

Craig Calcaterra

Dec 19, 2014, 12:00 PM EST



UPDATE: Scratch that. It’s the Cubs!

Just days after introducing left-hander Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubsadded the catcher who was so instrumental to his success over the past two seasons to their roster.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cubs agreed Friday to a two-year, $5-million deal with David Ross, who was also thought to be mulling an offer from the San Diego Padres.

Ross, a 13-year veteran, is poised to take over as backup to newly acquired catcher Miguel Montero, and will likely start behind the plate whenever Lester takes the mound. Though his offense continued to wane last season, Ross remains a strong defender and ranked among the league's best pitch-framers in 2014.







PLAYER
ZBALL%
OSTR%
PERGAME


Hank Conger
8.9
9.8
2.21

Jose Molina
10.2
9.7
1.81

Christian Vazquez
11.2
9.9
1.8

Rene Rivera
10.2
9.7
1.75

David Ross
11.5
9.9
1.66

Martin Maldonado
10.1
9.4
1.64
  • zBall% - The percentage of pitches, caught within the strike zone, called a ball
  • oStr% - The percentage of pitches, caught outside the strike zone, called a strike
  • PerGame - Extra strikes called per game

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NEW YORK - The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball on Friday and obtained by The Associated Press. That is more than $20 million above the previous high, set by the Yankees last year.

For the first time since the current luxury tax began in 2003, the Yankees won't be paying the most. The luxury tax was put in place as a slowdown on spending by high-revenue teams, and teams pay based on the amount they are over the $189 million threshold.

The Dodgers owe $26,621,125 based on a $277.7 million payroll for purposes of the tax, which calculates payroll based on the average annual value of contracts for players on the 40-man roster and includes benefits.

The Dodgers pay the tax at a 30 percent rate because they have gone over the threshold for the second straight year. Their rate would increase to 40 percent if they go over in 2015, which is likely.

The Yankees cut their payroll and owe $18.3 million in tax, down from $28.1 million. They have gone over the threshold every year and pay at a 50 percent rate.

Checks to the commissioner's office are due by Jan. 21.

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The Miami Marlins have traded third baseman Casey McGehee to the San Francisco Giants, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

Hunter Strickland and Matt Duffy could be part of the potential deal, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says. It is currently unclear exactly what the Marlins are getting in return, however.

McGehee, who hit .287 with four home runs and 76 RBIs in 160 games for the Marlins, is arbitration-eligible for a final time this offseason and is projected to be awarded $3.5 million for his services next season.

McGehee, last year's NL Comeback Player of the Year, would help the Giants fill the void left by Pablo Sandoval.

The 32-year-old is now expendable after the Marlins acquired the versatile Martin Prado from the New York Yankees earlier on Friday.

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lobo316 wrote: Brian Wilson's tenure with the Los Angeles Dodgers has come to an end, as the team designated the high-priced, right-handed reliever for assignment Tuesday.

The Dodgers will be on the hook for the $9.5 million owed to Wilson next season, but new general manager Farhan Zaidi didn't appear to be willing to saddle himself with the struggling pitcher for the sheer fact that he is being paid a lot.

"The contract is the contract," Zaidi told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. "We don't want to be tied down by financial decisions. We're trying to put together the best roster possible. After some of the moves we made, we felt that was an area of surplus."

Zaidi has wasted no time reshaping a Dodgers team that reached the postseason in each of the last two seasons, having signed Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, in addition to trading for Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal, while parting ways with Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon and Dan Haren, all within the last six says.

Wilson was awful last season for the Dodgers, posting a 4.66 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 48 1/3 innings. He missed 10 games in April with inflammation in his right elbow.

Zaidi acknowledged that the move was strictly based on poor results and not anything else.

"This was not a move made out of any medical concern," Zaidi said. "This is a move about performance."


 

he Los Angeles Dodgers have released reliever Brian Wilson, reportsDylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

The club designated Wilson for assignment on Tuesday in a move general manager Farhan Zaidi called due to performance .

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The Boston Red Sox and reliever Craig Breslow have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2-million contract, reports WEEI's Rob Bradford.

The Red Sox declined Breslow's $4-million club option earlier this offseason, and received a $2-million discount by waiting to sign him as a free agent.

The 34-year-old will give manager John Farrell a familiar left-handed option out of the bullpen, but the team hopes his 5.96 ERA from a year ago drastically improves.

Breslow was also considering the Chicago Cubs as a possible destination.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated shortly after shipping Martin Prado to the Miami Marlins on Friday that prospects Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela are now primed to compete for the everyday job at second base.

"It's a competition right now that exists on the current roster. I will evaluate opportunities that present themselves but clearly if spring training started today that’s the competition," Cashman told George A. King of the New York Post, after shipping Prado and David Phelps to the Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo German.

Refsnyder, a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft, ranks among the club's top prospects after enjoying a fine campaign in the upper minors last season. Though his defense at second base remains a work-in-progress, the 23-year-old hit .318/.387/.497 with 58 extra-base hits across stints in both Double-A and Triple-A in 2014.

Pirela, a Venezuela native, spent the majority of the 2014 season in Triple-A before making his MLB debut in September, going 8-for-24 (.333) with three extra-base hits over seven games with the Yankees. The 25-year-old could be destined for a utility role at the major-league level, however, has compiled a meager .731 OPS across parts of eight seasons in the minors.

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It's the worst-kept secret in baseball: the Philadelphia Phillies desperately want to unload Ryan Howard.

Perhaps sensing the club is running out of time to do so, Ruben Amaro Jr. is shouting it loud and clear for the baseball world to hear.

"We've talked to Ryan," the Phillies general manager told 97.5 The Fanatic on Friday. "And I told him that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization not with him but without him. With that said if he's with us, then we'll work around him."

Amaro's comments mark the first time the club has publicly indicated its desire to move Howard and the $60 million in guaranteed money due his way.

Earlier this week it was reported the Phillies offered Howard and outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Baltimore Orioles - one of many rumors linking the 35-year-old slugger to another team this offseason. But Howard's eroding skills, health and contract are proving difficult to move.

Unfortunately for Amaro, he might not have the luxury of time to sniff out a deal.

Howard already has a no-trade clause limited to 20 teams, but he could soon inherit league-wide veto rights if he's still with the Phillies when his 10-and-5 rights kick in.

One thing Amaro isn't willing to do is release Howard and essentially pay him to not play."No one's going to release Ryan Howard," he said. "That's not going to happen. Ryan Howard is too productive and too important a player to just release. You just don't do that with a player like that. But, we don't have any designs on doing that."

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Though visa issues delayed Roberto Baldoquin from signing with the Los Angeles Angels, the Cuban prospect finalized his deal with the club on Saturday after passing a physical, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

Baldoquin's deal is reportedly worth around $8 million, though the contract far exceeds the Angels' budgetary allotment for international amateurs and will result in some hefty consequences for the club. Not only will the Angels be forced to pay a tax that will increase the overall cost to about $15 million, but the club will also be banned from signing any international amateurs for more than $300,000 for a two-year span, beginning July 2.

Baldoquin, a 20-year-old infielder, has evoked mixed reviews from scouts, spending the last three seasons with Las Tunas in Cuba's Serie Nacional. The young defector is expected to begin his stateside career at shortstop, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America, who adds that Baldoquin "isn't considered a premium hitter."

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NEW YORK -- Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because both sides still need to ratify the deal next month.

The previous five-year agreement was set to expire Dec. 31.

Representatives of the World Umpires Association and owners met this week in New York to discuss the new contract.

MLB has enjoyed labor peace with players and umpires for more than a decade without the threat of work stoppages. This was the last major labor deal in baseball under commissioner Bud Selig, who will be succeeded by Rob Manfred on Jan. 25.

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