MLB Recent Player News
|12/19/2014||Corey Hart, RF (Sea), RF|
|Hart and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. The deal, which includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses, gives the Pirates a right-handed option at first base to join left-handed slugger Pedro Alvarez, who is moving from third to first.
Analysis: The 32-year-old Hart hit .203 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 68 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2014, most of them as a designated hitter, and became a free agent in October when he refused an outright assignment to the minor leagues. He missed the 2013 season due to surgeries on both knees.
|12/19/2014||Gonzalez Germen, P (NYY), P|
|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.
Analysis: 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.
|12/19/2014||Martin Prado, 3B (Mia), 3B|
|The Yankees have acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins for Prado and pitcher David Phelps.
Analysis: Prado, 31, was obtained by the Yankees from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline and hit .316 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 133 at-bats. An All-Star in 2010, he plays second, third and the outfield. Prado is owed $11 million in each of the next two seasons, and will collect his second $1 million assignment bonus for being traded.
|12/19/2014||Nathan Eovaldi, P (NYY), P|
|The New York Yankees have agreed to acquire pitcher Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins for versatile Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps.
Analysis: Eovaldi, a right-hander who turns 25 in February, was acquired by the Marlins in July 2012 as part of the deal that sent All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA last season and is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.
|12/19/2014||Will Middlebrooks, 3B (Bos), 3B|
|The San Diego Padres have agreed to obtain Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan.
Analysis: The Red Sox decided to give up on Middlebrooks, who was a highly touted prospect that has yet to live up to the hype.
|12/19/2014||Wesley Wright, P (Bal), P|
|Wright and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized a $1.7 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: The 29-year-old had a 3.17 ERA in 58 games with the Chicago Cubs in 2014, his third straight season with at least 55 appearances. He allowed two home runs in 48 1-3 innings. Wright has limited left-handed hitters to a .238 average in 591 plate appearances.
|12/19/2014||Jimmy Rollins, SS (LAD), SS|
|The Phillies have finalized their trade of Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle.
Analysis: Rollins, a three-time All-Star, hit .243 last season with 11 homers, 55 RBIs and 28 steals. The 26-year-old had started 14 consecutive openers for the Phillies and helped Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series title.
|12/19/2014||Justin Upton, LF (Atl), LF|
|The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire Upton from the Atlanta Braves.
Analysis: The Braves will receive a group of prospects. Among the players discussed were left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson and third baseman Dustin Peterson. San Diego has landed another of baseball's top power hitters in Upton, who is entering the final year of his contract. He had 29 homers and 102 RBIs last season.
|12/19/2014||Jake Peavy, P (SF), P|
|Peavy has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
Analysis: Peavy gets a $4 million signing bonus, $7 million next season and $13 million in 2016. The deal includes a full no-trade provision and award bonuses. A 33-year-old right-hander, Peavy helped Boston win the 2013 World Series, was traded to San Francisco on July 26 and won another championship with the Giants.
|12/18/2014||Kris Medlen, P (KC), P|
|Medlen has agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals after missing last season while he recovered from Tommy John surgery. Medlen, who hurt his elbow in spring training, also missed most of the 2011 season while he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Analysis: Medlen will make $2 million next year and $5.5 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Thursday and could earn up to $10 million in performance bonuses based on starts and innings. The deal includes a 2017 option with a $1 million buyout. The 29-year-old went 14-12 with a 3.11 ERA in 2013, his only full season as a starter, and went 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last five starts.
|12/18/2014||Eury De La Rosa, P (Oak), P|
|The Oakland Athletics have acquired De La Rosa from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash. Oakland made the announcement Thursday, the latest trade in another offseason full of them for general manager Billy Beane.
Analysis: De La Rosa, 24, began the 2014 season with Triple-A Reno and posted a 2.52 ERA in 36 relief appearances before being called up by Arizona July 5. The left-hander then went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 25 games for the Diamondbacks. He allowed only two home runs in 36 2-3 innings.
|12/18/2014||David Hernandez, P (Ari), P|
|The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with reliever David Hernandez, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract. The hard-throwing right-hander missed all of last season after Tommy John surgery.
Analysis: Because the contract is not guaranteed, Hernandez could be released before opening day for roughly one-quarter or one-sixth of his salary in termination pay, depending on the timing.
|12/18/2014||Wil Myers, RF (SD), RF|
|The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
Analysis: Myers was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013, when he hit .293 with 13 homers with 53 RBIs with Tampa Bay. But he was limited to 87 games last season due to a right wrist injury, and he hit .222 with six homers and 35 RBIs.
|12/17/2014||Sergio Romo, P (SF), P|
|Romo is closing in on a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.
Analysis: The 31-year-old right-hander has spent all seven of his big league seasons with San Francisco, helping the Giants win three World Series championships in the past five years. He went 6-4 with a 3.72 ERA with 23 saves in 64 outings last season as San Francisco earned the wild card and went on to win it all against Kansas City.
|12/17/2014||Michael Morse, LF (Mia), LF|
|Morse and the Miami Marlins have finalized a $16 million, two-year contract. Morse gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $7 million next season and $8 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Wednesday.
Analysis: Morse hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants this year. He batted .300 in the postseason and had four RBIs in the World Series. The Marlins expect the Broward County native to replace Garrett Jones as their first baseman and to bat cleanup.
|12/17/2014||Nick Markakis, RF (Atl), RF|
|Markakis has undergone surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. The fusion operation was performed Wednesday in Atlanta by Dr. Steven Wray.
Analysis: The Braves say the operation was a success and Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities before spring training in late February, though the expected eight-week recovery period leaves little room for setbacks. The 31-year-old was diagnosed with the condition before the 2013 season with the Orioles. He left to sign a $44 million, four-year contract with the Braves, who felt the neck condition was not a serious risk.
|12/17/2014||Chris Davis, 1B (Bal), 1B|
|Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Davis will be allowed to use Adderall next season after the first baseman received a 25-game suspension this year for using the drug. Speaking to reporters at a holiday party Tuesday, Showalter said Davis told him he has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall in 2015.
Analysis: Major League Baseball suspended Davis for 25 games on Sept. 12 following a second failed test for the banned amphetamine. Davis served 24 games of the penalty this year and will miss opening day. Before being traded to Baltimore, Davis was playing with the Texas Rangers when diagnosed with ADHD. He received permission to use Adderall back then, and not last season. Davis hit .286 with 53 homers in 138 RBIs in 2013. He batted .196 with 173 strikeouts this year.
|12/17/2014||Anthony Varvaro, P (Bos), P|
|The Red Sox have obtained Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for Aaron Kurcz in a swap of right-handed pitchers.
Analysis: Varvaro was 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the Braves last year, his fifth season in the majors. The Red Sox also sent cash to the Braves.
|12/17/2014||Jason Kipnis, 2B (Cle), 2B|
|Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger.
Analysis: 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.
|12/17/2014||Justin Ruggiano, RF (Sea), RF|
|The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.
Analysis: 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.
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