MLB Recent Player News
|12/20/2014||Nick Punto, 2B (Oak), 2B|
|The Oakland Athletics have released Punto. The A's made the announcement Friday, saying Punto was released to clear room on the 40-man roster.
Analysis: A day earlier, Oakland acquired right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot from San Diego for catcher Derek Norris.
|12/20/2014||Casey McGehee, 3B (SF), 3B|
|The San Francisco Giants have acquired McGehee from the Miami Marlins for a pair of right-handed minor league pitchers, finding their replacement for departed slugger Pablo Sandoval.
Analysis: San Francisco announced the trade late Friday. The reigning World Series champions are sending Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo to the Marlins.
|12/19/2014||Brian Wilson, P (LAD), P|
|Wilson has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, three days after the heavily bearded reliever was designated for assignment.
Analysis: The Dodgers also announced Friday that catcher Ryan Lavarnway was claimed by the Chicago Cubs after being designated for assignment Dec. 10.
|12/19/2014||David Ross, C (Bos), C|
|Ross and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester. The sides made the free-agent deal Friday.
Analysis: Ross often caught Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester's last 11 starts this year before the Red Sox traded the pitcher to Oakland.
|12/19/2014||Alex Rios, RF (KC), RF|
|The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of Rios to an $11 million, one-year deal Friday that includes a mutual option for the 2016 season. Rios, who will take over right field for departed free agent Nori Aoki, will make $9.5 million this season. The deal includes $12.5 million the following year with a $1.5 million buyout.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Rios should provide more pop to a lineup that lacked home-run hitters last season. He's part of an offseason spending spree by the AL champs that includes the signing of Kendrys Morales to a $17 million, two-year deal to become their designated hitter. Rios hit .280 with four homers and 54 RBIs for Texas last season.
|12/19/2014||Johnny Giavotella, 2B (LAA), 2B|
|The Los Angeles Angels have acquired second baseman Johnny Giavotella from the Kansas City Royals for minor league pitcher Brian Broderick. The clubs announced the deal Friday.
Analysis: Giavotella was designated for assignment by the AL champion Royals on Thursday after spending most of last season at Triple-A Omaha. He has played parts of four big league seasons in Kansas City, batting .238 in 125 career games.
|12/19/2014||Rick Porcello, P (Bos), P|
|Porcello, who turns 26 on Dec. 27, was introduced Friday after the Red Sox acquired him from the Detroit Tigers last week for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and two minor league pitchers.
Analysis: Porcello is coming off his best season when he went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA in 32 starts. He was picked up to help bolster Boston's staff after Jon Lester passed on returning to the Red Sox, signing a $155-millon, six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
|12/19/2014||Corey Hart, RF (Pit), 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 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 (SD), 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 (SD), 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.
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