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Hughes, Twins Agree To $42M Extension

Dec 22, 2014 4:11 PM

Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with the Minnesota Twins.

The right-hander will make $9.2 million in 2015 and 2016 and earn base salaries of $13.2 million from 2017 to 2019.

The deal includes a limited no-trade clause and a chance to make $1 million in performance bonuses over the life of the contract.

It overwrites the final two years and $16 million remaining on his current contract.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Padres Plan To Keep Wil Myers

Dec 22, 2014 4:18 PM

The San Diego Padres plan to keep Wil Myers and play him in center field, according to sources close to the organization.

Myers has been linked to the Philadelphia Phillies in trade talks for Cole Hamels.

San Diego acquired Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this month.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Padres, Josh Johnson Reach $1M Deal

Dec 22, 2014 4:22 PM

The San Diego Padres have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract to bring Josh Johnson back.

Bonuses can increase the value of the contract to $7.25 million.

Johnson signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Padres prior to the 2014 season, but he missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.

According to a report, Johnson would earn $500,000 for his fifth start, $1 million for his 10th, $500,000 for his 15th, $1 million for his 20th and $250,000 for every start from Nos. 21-33.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Health Bell Agrees To Minors Deal With Nationals

Dec 22, 2014 4:14 PM

Health Bell has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Washington Nationals, according to a piece written by the reliever himself for The Players' Tribune.

The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.

The Players' Tribune

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Win Rights To Negotiate With Kang

Dec 22, 2014 4:07 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won the right to negotiate with South Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

Pittsburgh has 30 days to sign the 27-year-old.

Kang hit .354 with 39 homers last season for the Nexen Heroes while being named the MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization.

If the Pirates reach an agreement with Kang, the Nexen Heroes would receive the posting fee for Kang's rights, reported to be $5,002,015 by Yonhap News Agency.

ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Corey Hart Reaches Deal With Pirates

Dec 22, 2014 8:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Corey Hart.

The deal, which includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses, gives the Pirates a right-handed option at first base.

Hart, 32, hit .203 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 68 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2014.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Breslow, Red Sox Agree To One-Year Deal

Dec 22, 2014 8:09 AM

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with Craig Breslow, addressing their need for left-handed bullpen help.

Breslow became a free agent when the Red Sox declined his $4 million option for 2015.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Report: Dodgers Owe More Tax Than Yankees

Dec 22, 2014 8:05 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are Major League Baseball's biggest spenders, surpassing the New York Yankees, as they owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410 this past season. That is more than $20 million above the previous high, set by the Yankees last year.

The Yankees won't have the biggest luxury tax bill for the first time since the current luxury tax began in 2003.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Athletics Release Nick Punto

Dec 22, 2014 7:57 AM

The Oakland Athletics have released Nick Punto.

Punto was released to make room for right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez, who were acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres for Derek Norris.

The 14-year veteran was due to make $2.75 million after his contract option for the 2015 season vested.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Injury

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Tulowitzki Focusing On Rehab Despite Trade Rumors

Dec 22, 2014 12:13 AM

Keeping up with the free-agent and trade activity is secondary to getting healthy for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, even though he is the subject of prominent rumors.

"I'm keeping up but I'm not worrying about it," Tulowitzki said from his Las Vegas home Sunday night. "I'm just doing my rehab and want to get back on the field. That's my main focus."

Reports that the Mets will trade for Tulowitzki have circulated since before the July non-waiver trade deadline.

MLB.com

Tags: Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Report: Padres, Phillies Discussing Trade For Hamels
The Boston Globe reported last week the Padres, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Rangers were interested in Cole Hamels.

MLB.com

Hundley Appears Unlikely To Rejoin O's
Free-agent catcher Nick Hundley has a two-year offer from an unidentified team.

Yahoo.com

Bid From Unnamed Team Accepted For Jung-Ho Kang
The Nexen Heroes have accepted a bid for infielder Jung-Ho Kang.

MLB.com

Giants Send Two Prospects To Marlins For McGehee
The Giants are sending Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo to the Marlins.

ESPN.com

Sources: Angels Sign Cuban Prospect Roberto Baldoquin
Roberto Baldoquin will receive an $8M bonus once the deal becomes official.

MLB.com

Giants Consider Upgrading The Rotation
Giants GM Brian Sabean has spoken to free-agent right-hander James Shields.

MLB.com

Marlins Acquire Martin Prado From Yankees
Miami will also receive David Phelps and cash in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo German.

RealGM Staff Report

David Ross To Sign With Cubs
It was reported earlier Friday that Ross would sign with the Padres, but he ends up with the Cubs.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Giants To Acquire Casey McGehee
The Giants will acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Source: Red Sox, Padres Nearing Middlebrooks Deal
San Diego will reportedly send Ryan Hanigan to Boston in the deal.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Justin Upton Traded To Padres
Justin Upton will make $14.5 million in 2015 and is set for free agency in 2016.

ESPN

Sources: Braves Finishing Justin Upton Trade
Justin Upton hit .270/.342/.491 in 641 plate appearances this past season.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Mets, Rockies Quietly Discussing Tulowitzki
Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is said to be the centerpiece of discussions, but there is still a long way to go in negotiations.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Yankees Not Targeting Max Scherzer
"The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' president Randy Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

A's Trade Derek Norris To Padres
Oakland got right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez for Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot.

Associated Press

Peavy, Giants Agree To $24M Contract
The deal will pay Peavy base salaries of $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016, according to a source.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Selig To Earn $6M Annually In Retirement
Bud Selig was elected commissioner in July 1998 and will retire on Jan. 25, when Rob Manfred takes over with a five-year term.

ESPN

Dodgers, Padres Finalize Kemp Trade
Matt Kemp has joined the Padres after the club finalized a five-player trade with the Dodgers on Thursday night.

Associated Press

Red Sox Actively Discussing Allen Craig In Trade Talks
The Red Sox are actively discussing Allen Craig with at least one club, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Sources: Rollins Trade Still In Play Despite Kemp Snag
If Matt Kemp doesn't head to the Padres, Philadelphia would have to agree on different compensation.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly