Storylines: Padres loading up on bats
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.
Here are the stories from Friday Dec. 19.
- The Padres' roster overhaul is not yet finished, as the team struck an agreement to acquire Justin Upton from the Braves. San Diego will send a sizable haul of left-hander Max Fried, second baseman/shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith to the Braves in exchange for Upton and right-handed pitcher Aaron Northcraft. Upton will be the third right-handed corner outfield bat acquired by the Padres in the past couple of days when the trade is finalized, as the team has announced the Matt Kemp deal and is on the verge of announcing the three-team Wil Myers trade as well. Obviously, the Padres have more corner outfielders than spots available, so the defensive alignment they'll deploy is up for debate. ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Padres had decided weeks ago they were OK with playing Kemp in center field, if need be. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports heard that Myers will likely be the one to handle center at Petco Park in 2015.
- The Padres and Red Sox are agreed to a deal that sent catcher Ryan Hanigan from San Diego to Boston in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan. Hanigan, 34, is an excellent defensive catcher coming off a season in which he batted just .218/.318/.324 in his first season with the Rays. He's owed a total of $8 million over the next two seasons (including the $800,000 buyout on a $3.75 million club option for 2017) and could pair well behind the plate with Christian Vazquez in Boston. The 26-year-old Middlebrooks was once one of the top prospects in the Red Sox organization, but he's yet to replicate the .288/.325/.509 batting line he put together in his rookie season of 2012. Since that time, Middlebrooks has dealt with injuries and a rapidly rising strikeout rate, both of which have contributed to a paltry .213/.265/.364 batting line from 2013-14.
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- The Yankees and Marlins agreed to a deal that sent Martin Prado to Miami, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald heard that the deal would have Garrett Jones and Eovaldi going to New York for Prado and pitcher David Phelps. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted that the Yankees will also receive right-hander Domingo German in the trade. GM Brian Cashman told reporters that the Yankees are including $6 million in the deal – $3 million this year and $3 million next year – to help cover Prado's salary, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
- The Marlins and Giants are closing in on a deal that would send third baseman Casey McGehee to San Francisco, Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reported on Twitter. Righties Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo are coming to Miami from the Giants in the deal, Rodriguez tweeted.
- Pitcher Jake Peavy agreed to a deal to return to the Giants, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. It's a two-year, $24 million deal with a full no-trade clause, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Peavy will be paid a $4 million signing bonus and salaries of $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016, Crasnick wrote.
- The Pirates announced that they signed free agent Corey Hart. Hart could serve as a platoon partner with Pedro Alvarez to help make up for his shortcomings against lefties. He will earn $2.5 million in base salary and can double it with another $2.5 million in incentives, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. To make room on the 40-man roster for Hart, the Pirates designated right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet for assignment.
- The Cubs agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with catcher David Ross, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported. Reports emerged earlier yesterday suggesting that the veteran was headed to the Padres, but indications are that he is in fact set to join former teammate Jon Lester in Chicago. Before joining the Red Sox in 2013, Ross spent four years as the reserve option for the Braves. He slashed a robust .269/.353/.463, but never made more than 200 plate appearances in a given season. Ross has fallen back to a .650 OPS over the last two seasons in Boston, over 287 plate appearances. Defensively, Baseball Prospectus did not value Ross's work very highly last year.
- With the posting fee bids submitted for infielder Jung-ho Kang, the KBO's Nexen Heroes are expected to accept an approximately $5 million bid for the right to negotiate a contract with the Korean star, as the Yonhap News Agency reported. The MLB team with the winning bid has yet to be reported. If that club is unable to work out a deal with Kang, it would be refunded the amount of the posting fee. Otherwise, the team would owe that $5 million on top of whatever contractual terms it reaches with Kang.
- After more than a week of anticipation, the Phillies announced that they have traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins and cash considerations to the Dodgers in exchange for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle. There was a significant hold-up in the trade, as the Phillies had to wait for the Dodgers to finalize their Matt Kemp trade with San Diego due to the fact that Eflin was part of the Dodgers' return in that deal. Kemp's physical dragged out the process for both trades, but each has now been announced.
- The A's will release Nick Punto to clear a roster spot, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Oakland will be on the hook for his $2.75 million salary in 2015.
- The Red Sox agreed to sign lefty Craig Breslow to a one-year, $2 million deal, Rob Braford of WEEI.com reported.
Just about every team that "had interest" in Kang didn't bid....so who's the mystery team? Maybe the Giants, possibly the Indians. Btw, the Indians keep things on the hush so there
I hope it was/is the Indians, because Kang seems like a unique opportunity to add some RH power with positional flexibility. Considering the prices of these bats, he could be a bargain.
Btw, would have liked to got Burch Smith or Joe Ross from the Padres...two talented arms.
The team that posted the winning bid isn’t yet known, but it isn’t the Mets, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin writes. It also isn’t the Padres, tweets CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. The Orioles aren’t the team, either, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets, and it’s not the Blue Jays, according to Jays broadcaster Mike Wilner (on Twitter), or the Yankees, via ESPN’s Jim Bowden (on Twitter).
So.. we know who it isn't...
IDK, they gave up Hahn and Freid. That's two talented arms to lose.
By now the Padres farm must be cleaned out of solid prospects.
Unless there's a mystery team involved I'm guessing it is the Indians, A's or Giants.
Kang could be a steal if he becomes at least a platoon type player or better.
From what I've seen.. he can...