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Mariners Making Moves as Playoffs Approach

The Seattle Mariners know they still have a legitimate shot of making the playoffs despite being 15 games out of first place in the AL West, which is why it isn’t surprising that the team was busy at the trade deadline, trying to improve their roster. If you plan on betting on the Mariners, check out our MLB betting odds for this season. The Mariners had been trying to upgrade their pitching rotation, but after most of the big name pitchers that were available were traded to other contenders, the Mariners decided to do the next best thing, which... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline Creates Uncertainty for Athletes

The MLB trade deadline is still all that anybody can talk about, and that isn’t a bad thing. After all, the futures of a lot of athletes are being decided. And it is difficult to deny the fact that the MLB Trade Deadline affects online betting odds. The players usually bear the brunt of the resulting instability. Just look at Jamie Garcia who spent a week as a member of three separate clubs. How does that happen? Well, it all began when Jamie went to the Minnesota Twins in Oakland after a trade with the Atlanta Braves. It only took four days for... 
 

MLB Execs Preparing for Deadline Scramble

Things on the trading side of things in baseball are a little slow, almost as if everyone is preparing to make a massive dash as the deadline looms. The sports betting lines offered by major sportsbooks don’t reveal much. There has always been a prominent news story about the trades in MLB. You had Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon and Andrew Miller raising a fuss in 2016. With 2015, it was Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels and David Price who were causing the media to hyperventilate. This year’s deadline seemed set to pass without much hullabaloo until... 
 

Baseball Players Down Time and Gambling

When they aren’t on the field, many baseball players have been caught (apologies for the pun) at the table enjoying a game of poker. And who can blame them? The fast-paced game is the ideal mental workout for professional athletes, as well as a great way to blow off some steam and win some money in the meantime. Anyone can play poker and there are loads of opportunities to get stuck in both in real life and online, with sites like 888 Poker offering an excellent selection of games for both beginners and seasoned sharks. Although baseball players... 
 

Tanaka Ends Slump and Leads Yankees to Victory

Before Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had been struggling, leading many to believe he would eventually get sent to the bullpen if he snap out of his funk soon. After giving up a homerun in the first inning, a lot of Yankees fans and baseball pundits thought New York was going to be in for another long night thanks to Tanaka’s struggles. However, Aaron Judge put all those worries to bed with two homeruns on the night, including the game-winning two-run homerun in the eighth inning. While... 
 

Can the Chicago Cubs Overcome Themselves to Repeat as Champions

The Chicago Cubs had one of the best seasons in recent memory last year with an astounding 103 wins and the team’s first World Series title in 111 years. With much of the same lineup returning for the 2017 season, many had the Cubs pegged as a favorite to win it all once again. That hasn’t been the case so far, though. Chicago has struggled out of the gate and currently sits fourth place in the Central Division of the National League. There are plenty of reasons why the Cubs are in this position, but they’ll need to find solutions... 
 

Bryce Harper Inks 10 Year Extension With Under Armour

Bryce Harper will likely sign a new deal worth about $400 million one day. Until then, a new deal with Under Armour will make him plenty wealthy. Harper just signed an extension to his endoresement deal with the athletic apparel maker believed to be the biggest ever by a MLB player. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Harper,became the youngest player ever to unanimously win an MVP award, has endorsed Under Armour since 2011 and will begin selling Harper’s first signature cleat, the Under Armour Harper One, in July. By retaining Harper,... 
 

Braves Finalize Roster, Michael Bourn DFA’d

The Atlanta Braves finalized their 25 man roster and the moves left two-time all-star and Gold Glove winner Michael Bourn looking for work. The Braves now have 10 days to either release or trade Bourne.  Emilio Bonifacio was also designated for assignment. The team continues its move towards youth. The Braves’ two highest-paid players this year will be Bourn and Nick Swisher, both of whom are now gone. The team chose to keep veteran Drew Stubbs, who signed with the Braves on March 30 after his release by the Texas Rangers. Bourn was thought... 
 

Rays Lose Closer Brad Boxberger for 8 Weeks

Tampa Bay Rays closer Brad Boxberger will miss at least the next eight weeks after having surgery to repair a core muscle, manager Kevin Cash told reporters Friday. The Rays will implement a closer by committee approach until he is able to return, likely sometime in May. Boxberger, 27, led the AL with 41 saves in 2015 and was an All-Star for the first time. That committee will be made up of  Alex Colome and lefty Xavier Cedeno. Steven Geltz and Danny Farquhar could be in the mix as well. The Rays renewed Boxberger’s contract at... 
 

Rays Swap Jake McGee for Rockies Corey Dickerson, Prospects Involved

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a trade to acquire outfielder Corey Dickerson and a prospect from the Colorado Rockies, for lefty reliever Jake McGee and a Rays prospect. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports initially reported the deal, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post first said McGee was involved. Rosenthal tweets that the Rockies will be sending McGee and a minor league pitcher to the Rockies in exchange for Dickerson and a different minor league pitcher. The 29-year-old McGee posted a 2.41 ERA with an exceptional 32.9 strikeout rate... 
 

Rays Reach agreement with Steve Pearce on one-year deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an free agent Steve Pearce on a one-year deal. The deal is pending a physical. Pearce spent the past two season with the Baltimore Orioles and has hit 36 homers in 632 at-bats in that time. In 2014 Pearce had a career year when he hit .293/.373/.556, 157 OPS+, 26 2B, 21 HR in 383 plate appearances. Those number came back significantly in 2015, .218/.289/.422, 91 OPS+, 13 2B, 15 HR in 325 plate appearances. The deal was first announced by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Pearce will be able to give the... 
 

San Francisco Giants Reach Agreement with Johnny Cueto

The San Francisco Giants have reached a six-year, $130 million contract agreement with free-agent right-hander Johnny Cueto. The deal includes an opt-out after two years. The 29-year-old had a 3.44 ERA (117 ERA+) in 212 innings for the Reds and Royals this past season, and helped Kansas City to the World Series title. Cueto turned down $120 million from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who later gave Zack Greinke more than $200 million. The Giants earlier signed right-hander Jeff Samardzija to a five-year, $90 million deal. Cueto has a carer 96-70... 
 

Chicago Cubs Continue Busy Off-season, Add Jason Heyward and May Not Be Done

Jason Heyward chose the Chicago Cubs over returning to the St. Louis Cardinals and has agreed to terms on an 8-year, $184 million deal. The deal includes two opt-outs — after the third year and the fourth, if he exceeds a plate-appearance threshold. The move to add Heyward comes after free -agent Ben Zobrist signed on Tuesday to replace Starlin Castro, who was simultaneously traded to the New York Yankees for right-hander Adam Warren. Heyward seems to be a good bet to play center in 2016, with Jorge Soler in right and Kyle Schwarber in... 
 

Chicago Cubs agree to terms with Ben Zobrist

Free agent Ben Zobrist has agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs on a four-year deal worth $56 million. Zobrist, 34, is coming off a 2015 season for the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals in which he batted .276/.359/.450 with 13 homers and 36 doubles in 126 games. Kansas City acquired the switch-hitting Zobrist in a trade with the A’s days before the July trade deadline. Prior to his stint in Oakland, the two-time All-Star had spent his entire nine-year career with the Rays. The move reunites Zobrist, 34, with his former... 
 

Dogders Deal Prospects for Reds Closer Aroldis Chapman

The Los Angeles Dodgers started off the 2015 Winter Meetings with a splash, acquiring left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for two prospects. FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal on Sunday reported the Dodgers were “making progress” on the trade.  The deal, which is pending Chapman’s passing a medical examination Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said last month that he hoped to move the hard-throwing left-hander before this week’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. “We... 
 

Chicago Cubs, John Lackey Agree on Two- Year Deal $32 Million

The Chicago Cubs and free-agent right-hander John Lackey reached agreement on a two-year deal worth $32 million. Ken Rosenthal of Fox sports first reported the news, although the team has not yet confirmed the signing. Lackey made $507,000 in 2015 with the Cardinals. Lackey is reportedly close friends with Cubs left-hander Jon Lester, dating back to when they were both players for the Red Sox, and likely had some influence in the deal. With the Cardinals in 2015, Lackey went 13-10 with a 2.77 ERA (143 ERA+) in 218 innings. He owns a 3.35 ERA (119... 
 

Diamondbacks Reach Agreement With Zack Greinke

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with Zack Greinke, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweets. The deal is pending a physical. Greinke was reportedly down to the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, but this would hardly be the first time some team came in at the last minute on a big-name free agent and swept him up. The Diamondbacks normally have a mid-range payroll and shy clear of lengthy, steep contracts with free agents, but a new TV deal worth $1.5 billion has changed that mentality. The Diamondbacks reportedly made a six-year, $120-million... 
 

Red Sox Reach Agreement With David Price, 7 Years $217 Million

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly reached an agreement with free-agent left-hander David Price on a seven-year deal worth $217 million. Price is coming off a 2015 season where he pitched to a 2.45 ERA over 220 1/3 innings of work for the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays. Over his career, Price owns an ERA of 3.09 across parts of eight major-league seasons for the  Tampa Bay Rays, Tigers and Blue Jays. Price won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012, and he has worked at least 200 innings in five of the past six seasons. The $217 million contract... 
 

Cubs Jake Arieta Wins National League Cy Young

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award while Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel won the AL honor Wednesday. In what was expected to be a tighter three-person race, Arrieta got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points. Arrieta led the majors in wins, going 22-6. He went 11-0 in his last 12 starts, pushing the Cubs... 
 

Astros Dallas Keuchel Wins American League Cy Young

Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel won the American League Cy Young Award announced on Wednesday.  Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points. David Price drew eight first-place votes and 143 points for his split season with Detroit and Toronto and Oakland’s Sonny Gray finished third. Keuchel led the AL in wins, going 20-8 and helping Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The bearded 27-year-old with a dominant sinker and sharp slider had a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts. Price went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts.... 
 

Rangers Jeff Banister American League Manager of the Year

Jeff Banister garnered 17 first-place votes and 112 points, easily topping Houston’s A.J. Hinch and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor from the Minnesota Twins, another rookie skipper to win American League Manager of the Year Banister joined Houston’s Hal Lanier (1986), San Francisco’s Dusty Baker (1993), Florida’s Joe Girardi (2006) and Washington’s Matt Williams (2014) as the only men to win in their first season as a major league manager. “To be able to have this in year one – tremendous,” Banister said.... 
 

Cubs Joe Maddon National League Manager of the Year

Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday. In his first season with the Chicago Cubs, Maddon took the National League prize following the club’s first postseason appearance since 2008. He also won in the AL with Tampa Bay in 2008 and 2011. The Cubs finished 97-65, a 24-win improvement that represented the majors’ biggest turnaround, in posting their first winning record since 2009. “It’s really good to know that what you believe in works in other places,” Maddon said during... 
 

Rookie of the Year Awards: Cubs Kris Bryant, Astros Carlos Correa

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year, and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was voted the AL honor. Bryant made his debut on April 17 and became an NL All-Star. The 23-year-old hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs as Chicago returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Monday. San Francisco third baseman Matt Duffy... 
 

Diamondbacks Deal Jeremy Hellickson to Phillies For Prospect

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the Philadelphia Phillies for right-handed pitching prospect Sam McWilliams. The 28-year-old Hellickson went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts after being traded to Arizona from Tampa Bay last offseason. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2011 and won a Gold Glove in 2012 but has struggled giving up homers, allowing at least 20 in four of the past five seasons. Hellickson is 49-48 with a 3.94 ERA in 142 games in six big league seasons. The 20-year-old McWilliams... 
 

Johnny Cueto Dominates Mets – Royals up 2-0 in World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Following the final out, after Johnny Cueto completed his two-hitter, several hundred fans remained in Kauffman Stadium, wanting one more look at the Kansas City Royals. The next time they see Eric Hosmer and his teammates may be in a parade. After smothering the Mets 7-1 Wednesday night with Cueto and their pesky offense, the Royals have a 2-0 World Series lead and can capture their first title since 1985 when play resumes at New York’s Citi Field this weekend. “As a hitter, it’s all about timing,... 
 

Royals Win Game One of World Series in 14 Innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon hit a tying home run with one out in the ninth inning, Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly against Bartolo Colon in the 14th and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 on Tuesday night in the longest opener in World Series history. Making his Series debut at age 42, Colon escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 12th, then got out of trouble again after allowing a leadoff hit in the 13th. Alcides Escobar, who hit an inside-the-park home run on Matt Harvey’s first pitch of the night, reached leading off the... 
 

Cespedes, Conforto Stake Mets to Early Lead

Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto staked the New York Mets to an early 2-0 lead with the second inning solo homers hit off Dodgers starter Zack Greinke in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Conforto drilled a homer in his first career postseason plate appearance. The rookie outfielder turned on a 2-1 fastball and then reacted when it banged off the right-field foul pole. Your browser does not support iframes. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Conforto joined Edgardo Alfonzo (1999 NLDS) as the only... 
 

Cubs, Maddon Make all the Right Moves In Win

(AP) ST. LOUIS — For one inning, Jorge Soler and all those Chicago Cubs rookies looked like playoff-tested veterans, and the St. Louis Cardinals appeared shaken. That’s all it took. Behind Jorge Soler’s two-run homer and two successful squeeze bunt attempts, the Cubs scored five times in the second inning to win Game 2 of the NLDS. In Game 2 of the NLDS, the visiting Chicago Cubs used a five-run second inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 and even the series. Kyle Hendricks and Addison Russellhad successful squeeze... 
 

Rangers Adrian Beltre Ruled Out for Game 2 of ALDS

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been ruled out for Friday’s Game 2 of the AL Division Series after suffering a back strain during the series opener. Beltre was hurt in the first inning of Thursdays 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The loss of Beltre even for one game is significant. Beltre hit .287 with 18 homers and 87 RBIs this season. His two-out single in the third gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead over David Price and the Blue Jays. Beltre will get treatment for his back strain today and be reevaluated. “There... 
 

Cubs Roll Past Pirates Behind Jake Arrieta, Kyle Schwarber

Chicago Cubs 22 game winner Jake Arrieta handcuffed the Pittsburgh Pirates in complete game shutout, Kyle Schwarber drove in three runs, and Dexter Fowler slugged a solo homer to back up the effort, as the Cubs rolled past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the National League Wild Card game to advance to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arieta struck out 11 and allowed just four hits on 113 pitches. The NL Cy Young Award contender allowed only four earned runs in his final 12 starts of the season, a stretch in which he went 11-0 with a... 
 

Kansas City Royals Up Next For Houston Astros

It was not too long ago, when the media poked fun the Houston Astros rebuilding plan and a payroll that was under $25 million. It was 2013 to be exact. Amazing things happen when you have a plan and work the plan. Using a combination of veterans, youth and overall depth, Houston entered the postseason with a total payroll of $81.3 million and dispatched the New York Yankess 3-0 advance to the American League Division Series. Pitching on three days’ rest, Dallas Keuchel threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out... 
 

Cubs Joe Maddon Delivers the Goods As Only He Can

In his tenure as Manager for the Tampa Bay Rays I watched Joe Maddon in 100’s of post game pressers. In fact it is safe to assume I’ve watched Maddon deliver more post game analysis than any other manager in baseball. The reason is simple. No one does it better. Now as the Chicago Cubs skipper Maddon has elevated his game. After the Cubs’ 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, Maddon started his post game press conference with effusive praise for Starlin Castro. Castro’s two home runs surely helped the Cubs... 
 

Mets Matt Harvey Says He Will Pitch in the Playoffs

Apparently New York Mets ace Matt Harvey has his own plans with how many innings he will pitch in 2015 and it includes pitching in the Playoffs. Harvey penned his response to the innings-limit debate via The Players Tribune with a short, to the point response. “I understand the risks. I am also fully aware of the opportunity the Mets have this postseason,” Harvey wrote for the website, “Winning the division and getting to the playoffs is our goal. Once we are there, I will be there.” Over the weekend “know it all super... 
 

Tigers Trade David Price to Blue Jays

Just a couple days after landing star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the Toronto Blue Jays have come away with the top pitcher on the market, David Price. The Dodgers, Giants and Yankees also showed strong interest in Price.  Blue Jays prospect Daniel Morris will be heading back to the Tigers likely with outfielder Anthony Alford.  the deal is contingent on the players involved passing  physicals, as always. Just yesterday, general manager Dave Dombrowski said he told multiple teams Wednesday afternoon that the Detroit Tigers will listen on... 
 

Phillies Find Home for Jonathan Papelbon, Cole Hamels Next

The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a trade that will send closer Jonathan Papelbon to Washington in exchange for RHP Nick Pivetta while also sending cash considerations to the Nationals, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced. The 34-year-old Papelbon has pitched to a 1.59 ERA with 40 strikeouts against just seven unintentional walks in 39 2/3 innings. For his career, he owns an ERA+ of 186 and is 12th on the all-time saves list with 342. Papelbon is owed the balance of a $13-million salary for 2015.... 
 

A’s Trade Ben Zobrist to Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to acquire Oakland Athletics utilityman Ben Zobrist, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. This makes the second big deal the Royals have accomplished this summer having  picked up Johnny Cueto from the Reds in an earlier deal . Between Cueto and Zobrist, the Royals have made two significant upgrades without sacrificing much off their major league roster.Prospects Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea are the two players heading back to the A’s. Zobrist, 34, is hitting .268/.354/.447 with 20 doubles,... 
 

Rockies Deal Troy Tulowitzki to Blue Jays for Jose Reyes, Prospects

The Colorado Rockies stunned their fans and most of major league baseball dealing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays for José Reyes and a package of prospects. The Blue Jays also will receive reliever LaTroy Hawkins, while right-handers Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco are the prospects going to the Rockies. Hoffman, the ninth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, is ranked as Toronto’s No. 3 prospect and the No. 69 prospect in the game, while Castro was ranked No. 5 and Tinoco No. 29 in Toronto’s... 
 

Oakland Deals Scott Kazmir to Astros, Ben Zobrist Next

 The Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros are two teams headed in different directions.  The Astros are competing for a playoff spot and the A’s, well it looks like they might be in rebuild mode all of a sudden,  And may prove to be the biggest sellers in Major League Baseball heading into the trade deadline. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that  the Oakland Athletics have sent left-hander Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for prospects, right-hander Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. Kazmir has posted... 
 

Tigers Miguel Cabrera to the DL for the First Time in Career

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus saw slugger Miguel Cabrera leave last night’s game with a left calf strain suffered while running the bases and knew it was not going to be good news after the game. He was right. The Tigers placed the veteran Cabrera on the 15 day DL, marking the first time he has ever been on the disabled list in his career according to MLB.com ”I’m not optimistic at all,” Ausmus said afterwards. ”When Miggy says he can’t play, it is serious, because Miggy plays through everything.” The... 
 

Rays Sign Grady Sizemore to Minor League Deal

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Tampa Bay Rays search for offense apparently will include signing Grady Sizemore to a minor league. The Rays announced today that they have signed veteran the outfielder to a minor league contract. Sizemore, who was recently released by the Phillies, will report to the team’s facility in Port Charlotte to begin workouts. The 33 year old hit .245 with no home runs and six RBI in 39 games with Philadelphia. Sizmore’s once promising career has been derailed with a series of injuries. he was a three times All... 
 

James Shields, San Diego Padres Reach Agreement on Four-Year Deal

The San Diego Padres and James Shields have reached an agreement on a four-year deal reportedly worth between $72 million and $78 million.  the deal includes an option for its fifth season and is contingent on Shields passing a physical.  Over the weekend, the Padres became the front runners to acquire the services of the 33-year-old right-hander.  The Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins were said to have interest as well. Shields had indicated a preference for playing on the West Coast. Shields posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings in 2014 with the... 
 

Rays Ink Ronald Belisario to Minor League Deal

The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent right-hander Ronald Belisario to a minor league deal according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Belisario was thought to on the verge of a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week before that deal fell through. The deal includes an invite to major league spring training. Bellisario will compete for two open spots in the Rays bullpen. Belisario is coming off an uninspiring 2014 season where he posted 5.56 ERA in 66.1 innings pitched while picking up eight saves in 12 chances. Over his career... 
 

Ryan Lavarnway Designated for Assignment by Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have designated catcher and former Boston Red Sox prospect Ryan Lavarnway for assignment,  a move necessitated to make space on the 40 man roster after the team signed  Delmon Young to a new one-year deal.  The team also signed  catcher J.P. Arencibia to a minor-league deal. Lavarnway,  27, spent seven years in the Red Sox system and has posted impressive numbers in the minor leagues but has never been able to maintain those numbers at the major-league level. In 301 plate appearances at the major-league level, Lavarnway... 
 

HOF 2015: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were voted into the baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America and will be officially inducted July 26 in Cooperstown, New York. Smoltz, Johnson and Martinez are all first ballot Hall of Famer’s. The BBWAA had not voted in four players in a single year since selecting Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance 60 years ago. Johnson received 97.3 percent of the vote, with Martinez not far behind at 91.1. The record-high percentage is 98.84, which... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Reportedly Reach Agreement With Asdrubal Cabrera

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with free-agent middle infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal is contingent on Cabrera passing a physical. Cabrera, 29,  spent time in 2014 with the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals in 2014 hitting .241/.307/.387 with 14 home runs. He has a career .268/.330/.409/.740 slash line over eight MLB seasons. The deal is reportedly for one year at $8 million. Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist immediately become the subject of trade rumors as a result of the... 
 

Yankees Trade Shawn Kelley to Padres

The New York Yankees and San Diego Padres have agreed to a trade that will send right-hander Shawn Kelley to the Padres in exchange for minor league right-hander Johnny Barbato. Kelley went 3-6 with a 4.53 ERA in 59 appearances for the Yankees in 2014 and closed briefly for New York when David Robertson was on the disabled list. Barbato is a 22-year-old minor leaguer who posted a 2.87 ERA for the Padres Class-AA San Antonio team and converted 16 saves with 33 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. The right-hander was a sixth-round pick of the Padres... 
 

Giants set to acquire Casey McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have found a replacement for Pablo Sandoval at third base for the 2015 season, at least they hope so. The Giants announced they have acquired  third baseman Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in a trade that sends right-handers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo to Miami. Earlier this off-season Sandoval signed a free-agrect deal, $95 million over five years with the Boston Red Sox, leaving the Giants with a huge hole to fill. McGehee is expected to serve more or less as a bridge at the position until the team can... 
 

Yankees Add Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones In Trade With Marlins

The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins have agreed on a trade that will send infielder Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps to Miami in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo German. Miami also received an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal. Featuring a high-ocatane fastball Eovaldi threw nearly 200 innings, finishing 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA with the Marlins in 2014. He will join a rotation that has question marks with with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Chris Capuano and Ivan Nova. Tanaka and Nova... 
 

Padres Set to Acquire Justin Upton From Braves

The San Diego Padres continued an aggressive off-season this time acquiring Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton in a trade that will send the 27 year old slugger back to the National League West Division. The Padres earlier traded for Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays, acquired Derek Norris  re-signed Josh Johnson and signed Brandon Morrow. The trade was first reported by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Left-hander Max Fried and second baseman Jace Peterson are headed to the Braves in the trade, reports... 
 

Angels Acquire Rays Matt Joyce For Kevin Jepsen

The Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bays agreed to a trade that will send fan favorite Matt Joyce to the west coast for reliever Kevin Jepsen. Joyce, who was an All-Star in 2011, spent six of his seven seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay coming to the Rays in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. He will join Los Angeles with a .250/.342/.441/.783 slash line in 725 career games. “Matt was an important part of this team for the last six seasons. We appreciate his many contributions to the Rays on the field, and the professionalism he brought to... 
 
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