12/17/2014 | Banister spends wedding anniversary with Rangers fans
New manager Jeff Banister and shortstop Elvis Andrus each conducted Question & Answer sessions on Wednesday during the "Evening with the Rangers."
12/17/2014 | Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent
Was keeping track of all the moving parts in the massive three-team deal involving the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals a difficult task? To help sort things out, Jonathan Mayo helped break down who went where.
12/17/2014 | Padres go for gold in blockbuster deal for Myers
The Padres have looked at Wil Myers' stellar 2013 season a few dozen times the last couple of days as they worked toward acquiring him from the Rays. They did just that on Wednesday by completing a massive three-team, 11-player deal with the Rays and Nationals. If these things came with guarantees, they wouldn't be nearly as much fun.
12/17/2014 | Source: Nats acquire 2 prospects in three-team deal
The Nationals involved themselves in a three-team, 11-player trade with the Rays and Padres on Wednesday, acquiring Joe Ross and a player to be named from the Padres -- it is believed that Trea Turner is that player -- and sending Steven Souza Jr. and Travis Ott to the Rays.
12/17/2014 | Source: Rays land 5 players in dealing Myers
The Rays are expected to announce on Thursday that they have traded the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year to the Padres in an 11-player deal that also involves the Nationals. Tampa Bay will receive touted Washington outfield prospect Steven Souza Jr. as part of its five-player haul.
12/17/2014 | Volquez agrees to 2-year deal with Royals
The Royals have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent right-hander Edinson Volquez. The club has not confirmed the deal.
12/17/2014 | Heaney's path has led him to Halos' rotation competition
When Frank Anderson first saw Andrew Heaney walk into the Oklahoma State University campus in the fall of 2009, the young left-hander was carrying 140 pounds on a 6-foot-2 frame.
12/17/2014 | Markakis has neck surgery to repair herniated disk
Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck on Wednesday. The Braves expect the veteran outfielder to begin baseball-related activities before the start of Spring Training.
12/17/2014 | With future uncertain, Hamels keeps open mind
Is Cole Hamels the next Phillies player to be traded? Hamels would not mind following Jimmy Rollins to a winner, considering the circumstances.
12/17/2014 | Moya's future in Detroit delayed by Cespedes' arrival
Outfielder Steven Moya found himself in the big leagues for a brief time during 2014, but his near-term future is likely back in the Minor Leagues after the Tigers' acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes.
12/17/2014 | Shift in U.S.-Cuban relations may affect MLB
The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, could affect Cuban players currently in the Major Leagues and pave the way for an easier passage for Cuban players seeking to play in the U.S. in the future.
12/17/2014 | AL Central looking like one powerhouse division
Yes, the Tigers are still king of the AL Central, but everywhere they look someone is trying to stage a coup. That's the way it's supposed to be in a power division, as the Indians, Royals, Twins and White Sox are all looking to be in the title mix.
12/17/2014 | After playing a lot in '14, Pena stays home this offseason
Reds backup catcher Brayan Pena is usually a lock to play winter ball during his offseason, but that isn't the case during this particular offseason. Pena has decided to skip it this year -- pretty much.
12/17/2014 | Preller is bold enough to shoot for the stars
Padres GM A.J. Preller has only been on the job since August, but he's already displayed a willingness to shoot for the stars.
12/17/2014 | Morse, Marlins finalize 2-year, $16 million deal
The Marlins' power play is now completed. The club on Wednesday announced the signing of free agent Michael Morse, who will take over at first base while providing additional pop to the middle of the lineup.
12/17/2014 | Report: Romo remains a Giant, gets 2-year deal
The Giants have reportedly reached an agreement to bring back free-agent reliever Sergio Romo on a two-year contract worth $15 million.
12/17/2014 | Kipnis has finger surgery; should be OK for start of season
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery on Tuesday to repair a damaged extensor tendon in his left ring finger. He is expected to be ready to go in time for the regular season.
12/17/2014 | Cards won't retain any free agents
While the Cardinals were never all that pursuant of their own free agents, the activity of the last week has all but ensured that none of the seven players to enter free agency after finishing the season in St. Louis will return. Only two -- Mark Ellis and A.J. Pierzynski -- remain unsigned, and neither has an obvious fit on the Cardinals' 2015 roster.
12/17/2014 | Searage's latest mission? Revive careers of Richard, Liz
Ray Searage comes into every spring feeling a bit like a cast member of a revival of the classic TV series "Mission: Impossible." Searage always accepts his task, and repeatedly turns it into mission very-much-possible.
12/17/2014 | Comfort essential to Tribe's winter program for Kluber
Corey Kluber is a creature of habit, and altering his offseason regimen after his breakout 2014 season is not something he really wants to do. But the AL Cy Young Award winner is receptive to the Indians' suggestions for easing into Spring Training.
12/17/2014 | Mariners acquire versatile outfielder Ruggiano from Cubs
The Mariners acquired Justin Ruggiano, who can play all three outfield positions and could platoon in right, for Minor League pitcher Matt Brazis.
12/17/2014 | Sox back in driver's seat after Cherington's maneuvers
Let's say Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington doesn't make any further moves this offseason. Is his team good enough to win the American League East?
12/17/2014 | Red Sox add reliever Varvaro in trade with Braves
The Red Sox bolstered their bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring right-hander Anthony Varvaro from the Braves in exchange for Minor Leaguer Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations.
12/17/2014 | No ace? Recent history says no problem for Sox
Once Jon Lester made his decision that there would be no return engagement in Boston, there was an unsettling feeling for Red Sox fans who have just about always had an "ace" to cheer on in recent decades.
12/17/2014 | Why the sudden upheaval among scouting directors?
Working as a scouting director automatically brings a certain amount of job instability. This offseason made the scouting director's chair a true hotseat. There were no less than eight new scouting directors named
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