Martin Perez (elbow) ready around A-S break
Martin Perez | TEX
(December 17, 2014 4:10 PM EST)
Rangers GM Jon Daniels expects Martin Perez (elbow) to be ready around the 2015 All-Star break.
Daniels watched video of Perez throwing on Wednesday and noted that the left-hander was making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Perez had the procedure in May, and full recovery usually takes close to 15 months. He could carry some fantasy value in the second half of the 2015 season.
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Blue Jays sign Ryan Kalish to minors deal
Ryan Kalish | TOR
(December 17, 2014 3:58 PM EST)
Blue Jays signed OF Ryan Kalish to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.
Kalish elected to become a free agent at the beginning of November. A month-and-a-half later he's found himself a landing spot. The outfielder is a career .245/.293/.350 hitter over 412 plate appearances at the major league level. He'll serve as organizational depth and a possible bench bat for the Blue Jays.
B.J. Upton's contract might scare teams
B.J. Upton | ATL
(December 17, 2014 3:50 PM EST)
David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that it's "unlikely" that B.J. Upton will be traded this offseason, as teams do not want to pay the remainder of his contract.
It's understandable, as Upton is owed $46.35 million over the next three years. This, coupled with the fact that he hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons, makes Upton an incredibly difficult candidate to move. Compounding matters is the fact that according to O'Brien, the Braves don't want to "give away [catcher Evan] Gattis to get rid of [Upton]."
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Marlins finalize contract with Michael Morse
Michael Morse | FLA
(December 17, 2014 3:22 PM EST)
Marlins signed 1B/OF Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract.
Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. While he is 32 years old, Morse has shown a consistent bat when he's healthy and at a cheap price, he should provide nice numbers and veteran leadership for a Marlins offense that's coming together this off-season.
Multiple teams showing interest in Cabrera
Asdrubal Cabrera | WAS
(December 17, 2014 3:15 PM EST)
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman wrote that the Giants, A's, Mets, Cardinals and Twins were among the teams interested in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.
Cabrera's positional flexibility is attractive to a number of clubs. He's capable of playing second and third base in addition to his natural position at shortstop. Cabrera has experience at short and second, though less at third. Cabrera's numbers weren't spectacular last season, as he hit just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals last season.
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Ross deciding between Red Sox, Cubs, Padres
David Ross | BOS
(December 17, 2014 3:08 PM EST)
According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, free agent catcher David Ross is deciding between the Red Sox, Cubs and Padres.
The Cubs are notable because a signing there would reunite Ross with buddy Jon Lester. Ross is 37 years old and his best days are behind him, but as a veteran backstop on a cheap deal, he provides a nice defensive presence.
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Giants re-sign Sergio Romo to two-year deal
Sergio Romo | SF
(December 17, 2014 2:53 PM EST)
According to the sources of Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Giants have re-signed Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal.
Romo had an up-and-down 2014 season, ending the year with a 3.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 59/12 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. While he drew interest from multiple big-market teams, he's apparently decided that he's most comfortable remaining with the reigning champs. They'll be getting him on a relatively cheap deal in comparison to other relievers this off-season.
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Braves exploring packages for Johnson, Upton
Justin Upton | ATL
(December 17, 2014 2:46 PM EST)'s Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are looking to package Chris Johnson with Justin Upton or Evan Gattis in possible trade scenarios.
A week ago, the Padres were a team that Bowman cited as being interested in Justin Upton. With their near-trades for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, it appears unlikely that they would still be in the market for the outfielder. Bowman wrote that the Braves were holding court with five other teams. It would be palatable for the team if they could package Johnson or Gattis in with Upton, though it would obviously be tougher for them to complete a trade if they were attaching extra weight to the deal. The Braves are also reportedly looking to deal B.J. Upton.
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Brewers release Kyle Heckathorn
Kyle Heckathorn | MLW
(December 17, 2014 2:33 PM EST)
Brewers released RHP Kyle Heckathorn.
Heckathorn struggled in Triple-A Nashville, posting a bloated ERA of 5.70 in 47+ innings. The righty was the 47th pick of the 2009 draft, but has failed to impress in the minors and will have to find a new home for 2015.
Kipnis undergoes surgery on injured finger
Jason Kipnis | CLE
(December 17, 2014 2:27 PM EST)
Jason Kipnis injured his left ring-finger during a workout and underwent surgery on Tuesday.
According to beat writer Paul Hoynes, Kipnis should be ready to go for Spring Training. He had a down 2014 campaign which was marred by a nagging oblique injury. When healthy, Kipnis is one of the most dynamic infielders in the game. His 2013 season, in which he batted .284/.366/.452, is indicative of the kind of bat Kipnis has when he's right.
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