D'Backs sign Tomas to six-year, $68.5M deal
Yasmany Tomas | INT
(November 26, 2014 5:05 PM EST)
MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas to a six-year contract worth $68.5 million.
The 23-year-old corner outfielder was initially said to be seeking a contract worth more than the record six-year, $72.5 million pact that Rusney Castillo got from the Red Sox in August, but there have been questions about Tomas' defensive capabilities so he wasn't able to find that kind of offer. His contract with Arizona comes with an opt-out after four years. The Diamondbacks, under new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, beat out the Braves, Padres, Giants, and Phillies to land their new right fielder. If the power hype is real, he's going to mash at Chase Field. There isn't a much better fit from a fantasy perspective.
Padres, Dodgers have talked Matt Kemp trade
Matt Kemp | LA
(November 26, 2014 4:21 PM EST)
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Dodgers have discussed a Matt Kemp trade.
Rosenthal adds, however, that there's been "nothing that recent" and there is "no deal close." Kemp finished the 2014 season in fine form and would give the San Diego offense a needed boost, but the Dodgers may opt to keep him now that Hanley Ramirez has signed with Red Sox. Los Angeles probably needs retain the right-handed power that Kemp provides.
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NYY offered PHI 'utility player' for Rollins
Jimmy Rollins | PHI
(November 26, 2014 4:03 PM EST)
ESPN's Jayson Stark heard from two sources that the Yankees offered the Phillies "a utility player" for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
That didn't get the job done. The Phillies seem to have a lofty asking price for Rollins, who turns 36 years old this week and is owed $11 million next season in the final year of his four-year, $44 million deal. They're simply not going to be able to get a top prospect or young, productive major league talent in exchange for the veteran shortstop.
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Tomas mulling offers from at least four teams
Yasmany Tomas | INT
(November 26, 2014 3:18 PM EST)
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Yasmany Tomas is mulling over offers from at least the Diamondbacks, Braves, Padres, and Giants.
Details of each offer aren't clear, but Sanchez writes that the Padres aren't believed to have the highest offer. Once considered a front-runner, the Phillies aren't on Sanchez's list of confirmed offers, but the club remains interested in signing him. Tomas was originally expected to seek a five- to six-year deal at $15 million per season, but he's also apparently open to a shorter deal which will allow him to hit free agency in his late-20s. Tomas just turned 24 this month. There's no reported timeline for a decision and he's currently considering attending next month's Winter Meetings.
Royals acquire Jackson from Dodgers
Ryan Jackson | KC
(November 26, 2014 3:12 PM EST)
Royals acquired INF Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers for cash considerations.
Jackson was claimed off waivers from the Padres earlier this month, but now he's on the move again. The 26-year-old infielder was limited to just 11 games in the minors this season due to a right wrist injury which required surgery. He'll hope for better luck on the health front in 2015.
Yanks talked to Phillies about Jimmy Rollins
Jimmy Rollins | PHI
(November 26, 2014 2:12 PM EST)
According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Yankees talked to the Phillies about acquiring shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
However, the Phillies' asking price was too high, so the Yankees have moved on. Oh, Ruben. Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause, batted .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI over 138 games this past season. He turns 36 this week and is owed $11 million next season.
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Blaine Boyer elects free agency
Blaine Boyer | SD
(November 26, 2014 2:04 PM EST)
Blaine Boyer has elected to become a free agent.
Boyer was designated for assignment last week. The 33-year-old right-hander had a 3.57 ERA over 32 relief appearances with the Padres this past season. He'll attempt to latch on elsewhere.
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Orioles sign Navarro to one-year deal
Rey Navarro | BAL
(November 26, 2014 1:37 PM EST)
Orioles signed INF Rey Navarro a one-year contract.
Navarro, 24, batted .282/.343/.435 in the Reds' minor league system this past season. He'll attempt to win a bench job during spring training.
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Rays designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment
Sean Rodriguez | TB
(November 26, 2014 1:33 PM EST)
Rays designated INF/OF Sean Rodriguez for assignment.
Due another raise through arbitration, Rodriguez was considered a likely non-tender candidate, so the Rays simply decided to cut ties a little bit early. He could draw interest on waivers due to his versatility. Rodriguez batted .211/.258/.443 with 12 home runs over 259 plate appearances this past season.
Rays ink Ernesto Frieri to a one-year deal
Ernesto Frieri | TB
(November 26, 2014 1:26 PM EST)
Rays signed RHP Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
Frieri could make as much as $3.15 million with incentives. The 29-year-old is coming off a nightmare year in which he posted a 7.34 ERA over 48 appearances between the Angels and Pirates, but he has enjoyed great success in the past. Known for their success with reclamation projects, the Rays will attempt to strike gold once again.
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