|There were some interesting twists and turns on the Hot Stove Friday, especially in Baltimore. The Orioles are still in search of a closer after the club’s medical staff “wasn’t satisfied” with 35-year-old Grant Balfour’s physical exam this week. The team planned to introduce Balfour on Friday at a press conference after reportedly agreeing to […] More»|
|There were a few notable trades, transactions and announcements Thursday, but the biggest Hot Stove news was the deal that might not happen at all. The Orioles seemingly had closer Grant Balfour locked up with a two-year, $15 million deal Tuesday, but that pact could be in jeopardy, according to several reports, because of issues […] More»|
|The White Sox are closing in on a deal with lefty reliever Scott Downs, the FOX SportsÂ duo of Rosenthal-Morosi reported on Thursday. Ken Rosenthal tweeted Thursday that the one-year deal is in the $4 million range with a vesting option that could bring it to somewhere in the neighborhood of two years, $8 miliion. He […] More»|
|The comeback continues for Chien-Ming Wang who continues to try to make it back in the big leagues to stay after a few failed attempts over the last couple years. He has reportedly signed with the Reds on a minor league contract that includes an invite to Spring Training.Â If he makes the Major League […] More»|
|Wednesday marked another busy day on the Hot Stove, especially out West where the Rockies made a pair of deals as they continue to try to improve on back-to-back last-place finishes in the National League West. Colorado on Wednesday landed outfielder Drew Stubbs in a trade with the Indians in exchange for left-handed pitcher Josh […] More»|
|The Marlins have signed infielder Casey McGehee to a one-year deal.Â McGehee, who has played first, second and third base, has not played in the big leagues since 2012 with the Yankees. He appeared in 114 games combined between the Pirates and Yankees that season, batting .217 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs. The […] More»|
|Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez is working out a one-year deal with the Angels, according to multiple reports on Wednesday morning. SB Nation‘s Chris Cotillo first reported the two sides were close, and the OC Register‘s Jeff Fletcher reported the deal was worth $2.75 million. CBS Sports‘ Jon Heyman says the deal is incentive-heavy, giving Ibanez […] More»|
|The Padres are close to adding a back-end reliever since losing setup man Luke Gregerson, CBS Sports‘ Jon Heyman reports. San Diego and former Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit are apparently close to finalizing a two-year agreement worth $15.5 million. The deal is pending a physical. Benoit moved into the closer’s role for Detroit last year, […] More»|
|The pool of potential closers available on the free-agent market shrank on Tuesday, when the Hot Stove was focused on relief pitching. The Orioles were on the hunt for a closer after trading Jim Johnson to the Aâs earlier this offseason, and they now appear set to use some of the savings from that deal […] More»|
|The Cubs have agreed to a contract with free-agent reliever Jose Veras, with the righty set to take a physical on Wednesday morning to make it official. The club has not confirmed the move. Veras will serve as Chicago’s closer, reports ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas, who adds that the one-year deal is worth $4 million […] More»|
July 31 -- Dempster, one of the trade season's biggest chips, went all the way to the wire before reaching a resolution. The Cubs sent Dempster to Texas -- agreeing moments before the deadline -- for a package that consisted of Minor League prospects. Dempster had been rumored for several days to be headed for the Dodgers and was reported to be unwilling to waive his 10-and-5 no-trade veto rights to go anywhere else. But the Cubs and Dodgers were unable to work out a deal and Dempster agreed to join Texas.
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July 31 -- The Phillies continued the demolition of their Opening Day outfield by trading Pence to the Giants. Philadelphia dealt both Shane Victorino and Pence in the hours leading up to the deadline. The Giants, meanwhile, fortified their playoff hopes by acquiring a player who can hit in the middle of their lineup.
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July 31 --The Dodgers improved their depth in the outfield before the Deadline by acquiring Victorino from Philadelphia in exchange for right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom, pitching prospect Ethan Martin and a player to be named later. Victorino, originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1999, will help round out the Los Angeles outfield alongside Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Martin, a first-round draftee in 2008, is 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA for Double-A Chattanooga.
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July 31 -- The Reds augmented one of the league's best bullpens by picking up prized reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Royals in exchange for prospects Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran. Broxton posted a 2.27 ERA with Kansas City and will give Cincinnati another experienced arm in the late innings. Joseph, a reliever, and Sulbaran -- a starter -- are both well-regarded arms.
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July 31 -- The Marlins dealt Gaby Sanchez -- an All-Star last season -- to Pittsburgh on Tuesday in exchange for prospect Gorkys Hernandez and the Pirates' competitive balance pick next season. Sanchez, batting just .202 for the season, is expected to provide a capable bench bat for Pittsburgh. The Pirates also received Minor League pitcher Kyle Kaminska in the deal.
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July 31 -- The Rangers added to their catching depth, getting Soto from the Cubs in exchange for Jacob Brigham, who went 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 21 starts at Double-A Frisco. Spending his entire career with the Cubs, who selected him in the 11th round of the 2001 Draft, Soto has begun to hit his stride at the plate. He's batting .264 (14-for-53) with one home run, five RBIs and eight runs scored in the month of July.
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July 30 -- In a swap of first-round picks from the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Snider heads to Pittsburgh, where the Bucs hope he can live up to the massive promise he showed coming through the Minors. In return, Toronto gets Lincoln, who has been working as a reliever -- with tremendous success -- but he can also pitch out of the rotation if needed.
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July 30 -- Thames' star has lost some luster this year, after he struggled for two months in the Major Leagues, then was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas. He's done nothing but hit in the Pacific Coast League, batting .335 with six homers. Delabar gives the Jays a solid right-handed arm out of their bullpen, which will help them reshape their relief corps after some devastating injuries.
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July 30 -- The Dodgers in League get a power arm to help them shorten games. One year removed from an All-Star season in which he saved 37 games, League could pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth for Los Angeles. Landry is an outfielder who has a .328 average at Class A, and Bawcom was closing games at Double-A.
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July 30 -- While the Braves were unsuccessful in acquiring Ryan Dempster from the Cubs, they were able to land Maholm, a left-handed starter, and Johnson a veteran outfielder. The Cubs in return received Minor League right-handers Vizcaino and Chapman. The Braves hope Maholm plugs the leaky back of their rotation, while Johnson can play all three outfield positions and hits right-handed.
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July 28 -- Which Francisco Liriano did the White Sox acquire? If it's the one that returned May 30 from a stint in the bullpen, Chicago will have a significant upgrade to its starting rotation. Since that point, Liriano owns a 3.68 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 29 walks in 66 innings. The 28-year-old lefty was 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts before the Twins demoted him to a relief role.
July 27 -- The Angels took a major gamble in order to dramatically upgrade their starting rotation, dealing three well-regarded young players for Greinke, who is due to reach free agency at season's end. The former AL Cy Young winner enhances the Angels' chances of overcoming the Rangers in the West but came at a steep price. Segura, the team's top prospect, joins two Double-A pitchers headed to Milwaukee.
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July 25 -- The Dodgers added a potent bat to their lineup by acquiring a three-time All-Star in Ramirez, who is signed through 2014. They also added Choate, one of the game's more reliable southpaw relievers in recent years. Miami continued its roster shakeup in light of an inability to meet club expectations after an offseason in which the Marlins added several noteworthy free agents and opened a new ballpark. Los Angeles sent Miami a pair of promising 22-year-old right-handers in return.
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July 24 -- The Pirates had to surrender a trio of prospects but will upgrade their rotation with the acquisition of Rodriguez, who has posted a 3.79 ERA in 21 starts this season and a 3.45 mark since 2008. With the lefty signed through 2013, plus a player option for 2014, he could become a part of more than one playoff team in Pittsburgh.
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July 23 -- The Yankees acquired the iconic outfielder to fill a hole created by Brett Gardner's injury in left field and in the bottom part of their lineup. Ichiro will likely get a chance to play in the postseason for the first time since he was a rookie in 2001. In return, the Mariners get a pair of hurlers who will help them in seasons to come.
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July 23 -- The Tigers fill needs at second base and at the back end of their rotation, but not without surrendering Turner, their best prospect. Infante, who played with Detroit from 2002-07, is signed through 2013, while Sanchez is an upcoming free agent. Brantly is a catcher who appeared in this year's Futures Game, and Flynn is a left-hander who was in Double-A.
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July 20 -- The Astros loaded up their farm system and the Blue Jays shored up their injury-riddled pitching staff by completing a 10-player trade. Toronto received Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter, while Houston picked up Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, four Minor Leaguers - including two of the Blue Jays' top 11 prospects -- and a player to be named later.
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July 4 -- After nearly being sent to the Dodgers, Lee takes his potent bat to Miami, which has been searching for additional run support. The deal could be the first of many involving veterans for the Astros, who will turn to Brett Wallace at first. Matt Dominguez, who was blocked by Hanley Ramirez in Miami, adds depth to the Houston infield.
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June 30 -- Adding depth to a roster decimated by injuries to several lefty bats, Thome's addition not only gives the upstart O's a powerful bat, but also veteran leadership. Thome's inability to play the field made him expendable to the Phils, who netted a pair of prospects in the deal.
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June 24 -- The veteran Youkilis gets a fresh start after tense season in Boston and gives the White Sox a significant upgrade at third base. For the Red Sox, the move opens up a permanent spot for Will Middlebrooks at third in addition to adding the versatile Lillibridge and pitching depth in Stewart.
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