Hot Stove Week in Review Dec 12-21

NEWS

LaTroy Hawkins of the Rockies announced on the MLB Network that the 2015 season will be his last. It will be his 21st season in the show. He played with 10 different teams spending a majority of his career with the Twins.

Jon Lester of the Cubs picked to wear #34 because he is a fan of Kerry Wood and admires Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton.

The St. Petersburg City Council rejected a deal between the Rays and city’s mayor that would have allowed the team to search for new stadium sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.

The bidding period has ended on Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang and highest bid is around $5 million, MLB team unknown. Korean team has 3 days to accept bid.

TRANSACTIONS

The Rangers signed RHP Kyuji Fujikawa to a 1 year major league deal.

The White Sox have signed free agent OF Melky Cabrera to a 3 year/$45 million contract.

The Nationals and Bryce Harper have agreed to a 2 year/$7.5 million contract avoiding his 1st two arbitration years.

The Yankees have signed free agent 3B Chase Headley to a 4 year/$52 million contract.

The Rangers signed OF Kyle Blanks to a minor league deal with Spring Training invite.

The Astros have signed free agent SS Jed Lowrie to a 3 year/$23 million contract.

The Dodgers signed LHP Brett Anderson to a 1 year/$10 million contract with another $4 million in possible incentives.

The Cubs signed RHP Jason Motte to a 1 year/$4.5 million contract.

The Royals signed free agent OF Alex Rios to a 1 year/$11 million contract.

The Marlins have signed free agent OF Michael Morse to a 2 year/$16 million contract.

The Padres signed RHP Brandon Morrow to a 1 year/$2.5 million contract plus incentives.

The Yankees resigned RHP Chris Capuano to a 1 year/$5 million contract.

The Rockies signed INF Daniel Descalso to a 2 year/$3.6 million contract.

The Angels have acquired OF Matt Joyce from the Rays. The Rays will receive RHP Kevin Jepsen.

The Indians signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a 1 year/$4 million contract plus incentives.

The Mariners acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs. The Cubs will receive minor league RHP Matt Brazis.

The Giants resigned free agent RHP Sergio Romo to a 2 year/$15 million contract.

The Padres, Rays and Nationals completed a 3 team trade. The Padres get OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, minor league LHP Jose Castillo and minor league RHP Gerardo Reyes. The Rays get OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, prospect RHP Burch Smith, prospect 1B Jake Bauers and prospect LHP Travis Ott. The Nationals get prospect RHP Joe Ross and prospect SS Trea Turner.

The Royals have signed free agent RHP Edinson Volquez to a 2 year/$20 million contract.

The Royals have signed RHP Kris Medlen to a 2 year/$8.5 million contract with a mutual option for 2017.

The Padres acquired C Derek Norris and minor league LHP Seth Streich from the A’s. The A’s will receive RHP Jesse Hahn and RHP R.J. Alvarez.

The Padres have acquired OF Justin Upton and minor league RHP Aaron Northcraft from the Braves. The Braves will receive 4 prospects. SS Jace Peterson, LHP Max Fried, 3B Dustin Peterson and OF Mallex Smith.

The Giants have resigned RHP Jake Peavy to a 2 year/$24 million contract.

The Padres have acquired 3B Will Middlebrooks from the Red Sox. The Red Sox received C Ryan Hanigan.

The Marlins have acquired INF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps from the Yankees and $6 million to help with Prado’s contract. The Yankees will receive RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B Garrett Jones and minor league RHP Domingo German.

The Pirates have signed OF Corey Hart to a 1 year/$2.5 million contract plus $2.5 million in possible incentives.

The Cubs have signed C David Ross to a 2 year/$5 million contract.

The Red Sox resigned LHP Craig Breslow to a 1 year/$2 million contract.

The Giants have acquired 3B Casey McGehee from the Marlins. The Marlins will receive prospect RHP Kendry Flores and minor league RHP Luis Castillo.

RUMORS

The D-Backs have internally discussed RHP Max Scherzer and RHP James Shields.

The Orioles are looking at OF Colby Rasmus on a 1 year deal.

The Braves have been engaged with the Giants about a 3B Chris Johnson trade.

The Astros could be considered a “sleeper team” in trade talks regarding LHP Cole Hamels.

The Dodgers are shopping RHP Brandon League and willing to pay half his 2015 salary.

The Padres are likely to trade OF Seth Smith next.

The Red Sox are actively in trade talks on OF/1B Allen Craig with at least 1 team.

The Mets and Rockies have talked about SS Troy Tulowitzki but nothing close as of now.

The Orioles may have interest in OF Ichiro Suzuki to be an everyday starter.

The Phillies are considering SS Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Padres have discussed a trade with the Phillies involving newly acquire OF Wil Myers and LHP Cole Hamels.