Kemp reportedly has arthritis in both hips

Padres debating whether or not to go through with deal for outfielder

Kemp reportedly has arthritis in both hips

It's been one week since the Padres and Dodgers agreed to a blockbuster trade that would send Matt Kemp to San Diego. The deal has yet to become official, though, and reports are surfacing as to why there has been a delay.

Kemp's physical exam earlier this week reportedly revealed arthritis in both hips and the Padres are debating whether to void or complete the deal, according to USA Today.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Medlen joins Royals on 2-year deal

Right-hander returning from Tommy John surgery

Medlen joins Royals on 2-year deal

The Royals and right-hander Kris Medlen agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2017.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Holiday shopping: Hot deals still available for GMs

Frontline starters Scherzer, Shields among marquee names still on the market

Holiday shopping: Hot deals still available for GMs

Max Scherzer has had about the weirdest free agency ever. Sometimes it feels like he's not really on the market.

On some level, he's not. Agent Scott Boras plays the market his own way, and when Scherzer signs, it very well might be with a team he hasn't been connected to.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers to SD in blockbuster with Rays, Nats

Friars also add catcher Hanigan, Minors pitchers, while giving up prospects to Rays, Nationals

Myers to SD in blockbuster with Rays, Nats

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' efforts to bolster a weak offense has led them to two very unlikely players -- a two-time National League All-Star slugger and a former American League Rookie of the Year.

Last week, the Padres agreed to a five-player trade with the Dodgers that got them Matt Kemp, though the deal has yet to be announced.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Depth gives Twins options for No. 5 starter

Milone, Pelfrey, May and Meyer among candidates

Depth gives Twins options for No. 5 starter

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the signing of right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $55 million deal last week, the Twins appear to have just one spot open in the rotation for this upcoming season.

Santana is expected to join right-handers Phil Hughes, Ricky Nolasco and Kyle Gibson in the rotation, while the fifth spot is up for grabs. Hughes was undoubtedly the club's ace last year, while Gibson showed promise in his first full season as a starter. Nolasco struggled with a 5.38 ERA in 27 starts, but he dealt with an elbow strain throughout the season and the Twins expect him to bounce back in 2015.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Japanese star righty Maeda reportedly will not be posted

Japanese star righty Maeda reportedly will not be posted

Major League Baseball will have to wait for Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda.

The Hiroshima Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball League will not post their 26-year-old pitcher, according to a report in The Japanese Times on Thursday. Maeda has previously spoken of his desire to play in the U.S.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How do they stack up? Evaluating best Cuban players

From 1991 to now, MLB.com selects greatest at each position

How do they stack up? Evaluating best Cuban players

The path to the Majors has not yet changed for Cuban baseball players, but there is hope that the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and the island nation could change that. It should affect the Cuban players currently in the big leagues, and it may lead to an easier transition for those hoping to one day play in the U.S.

The new wave of Cuban talent began arriving in 1991, when pitcher Rene Arocha became the first player to defect from Cuba's national team. Since then, we've seen a number of stars make a major impact. And if you were to put together a team of the best players who defected from Cuba since then, this is what it might look like.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Potential Major League stars: 5 Cuban players to watch

Moncada, Ibanez highlight list of top prospects nearing eligibility

Potential Major League stars: 5 Cuban players to watch

The news of improved diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has the baseball world buzzing about the future of Cuban players in the Major Leagues.

Here's what we know: The new plan does not overturn the economic embargo on Cuba that was passed by Congress more than 50 years ago or change the path that many Cuban players must take to get to the Major Leagues, at least for now.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With future uncertain, Hamels keeps open mind

Amid rumors, southpaw discloses interest in possibly joining contender

With future uncertain, Hamels keeps open mind

PHILADELPHIA -- Is Cole Hamels the next Phillies player to be traded?

Jimmy Rollins is headed to the Dodgers, if the Padres and Dodgers ever announce the Matt Kemp deal. The Dodgers are sending Kemp to the Padres, who are sending players back to Los Angeles. One of those players -- Minor League right-hander Zach Eflin -- is headed to the Phillies as part of the Rollins trade.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Volquez agrees to 2-year deal with Royals

Right-hander went 13-7 with Pirates in 2014

Volquez agrees to 2-year deal with Royals

A week before Christmas, the Royals have apparently finished up their holiday shopping.

Kansas City finished off a wildly active post-Winter Meetings week by agreeing to terms on a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent right-hander Edinson Volquez, a source confirmed to MLB.com. The club has not yet announced the deal, which was first reported by CBSSports.com.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent

Rays, Nats and Padres each pick up impressive haul of prospects

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, here's a quick scorecard of who went where:

Padres get:

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's acquire lefty reliever De La Rosa from D-backs

A's acquire lefty reliever De La Rosa from D-backs

OAKLAND -- The A's have added Eury De La Rosa to their bullpen mix, acquiring the left-hander from the D-backs in exchange for cash on Thursday morning.

To clear space on the 40-man roster, right-hander Fernando Rodriguez was designated for assignment.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Loss of Draft picks viewed as good trade for White Sox

Club forfeits early selections with Melky, Robertson signings

Loss of Draft picks viewed as good trade for White Sox

CHICAGO -- The White Sox select eighth overall in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

They won't pick again until the fourth round after losing their second- and third-round options through the free-agent deals with David Robertson and Melky Cabrera, respectively. That trade-off certainly ranks as acceptable for the organization, and even for those focusing on the amateur talent.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15

Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15

In the early years of this century, people spoke of the true center of baseball being in the east, in the North American sense of east, meaning close to the Atlantic.

Then they spoke of the true center of baseball moving west, to the Pacific Coast. Fine, the continent had been covered, from sea to shining sea.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners sign Lowe, 2 others to Minor League deals

Mariners sign Lowe, 2 others to Minor League deals

SEATTLE -- Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe, who began his career with parts of five seasons in Seattle, is returning to the Mariners on a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League camp.

Lowe is one of three players with Major League experience who have signed Minor League deals with camp invites, the club announced Thursday. The others are right-handed pitcher Justin Germano and infielder Carlos Rivero.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber, Brantley to appear at Tribe Fest

Kluber, Brantley to appear at Tribe Fest

American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and AL Most Valuable Player finalist Michael Brantley will attended Tribe Fest 2015, presented by KeyBank.

Kluber was 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA in 2014, while Brantley became the first Indians player with 200 hits, 20 home runs, 20 steals and 45 doubles in a season to finish third in AL MVP voting.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Report: Romo remains a Giant, gets 2-year deal

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.

Romo, 31, has spent his entire Major League career with the Giants and has served as an instrumental part of the back end of their bullpen. FOXSports.com first reported the agreement Wednesday afternoon, and says it is pending a physical.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shift in U.S.-Cuban relations may affect MLB

Those seeking career in Majors may find less restrictive path to America

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.

"This is a game-changer," one American League general manager said.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The 10 most GIF-able MLB moments of 2014

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The 10 most GIF-able MLB moments of 2014

2014 is drawing to a close, so it's time to remember all the things that made the year fantastic. What's on your list? Friends? Family? The fact that Spring Training really isn't that far away? Well, the MLB year was so packed with amazing things that we can't fit them all in one post. For now, let's just take a look at the most GIF-able moments from the 2014 season: 

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Team Australia rides 8-run rally to All-Star Game win

Former Minor Leaguer Kennelly named MVP after going 2-for-2 with three RBIs

Team Australia rides 8-run rally to All-Star Game win

The 2014 Australian Baseball League All-Star Game featured a late comeback from Team Australia, who topped the World All-Stars, 11-8, on Wednesday night in Melbourne. The Australians trailed, 8-3, before erupting for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Despite the loss, the World All-Stars received major contributions from a host of MLB prospects.

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Craig Durham is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Padres go for gold in blockbuster deal for Myers

Rays, Nationals jump in trade mix with hopes of future gains

Padres go for gold in blockbuster deal for Myers

Right there at the beginning, the Rays found out Wil Myers had a chance to be special.

In just his sixth game, Myers stepped to home plate in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and the Rays trailing, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium. There in front of a packed house, with the crowd roaring, he fell behind CC Sabathia, 0-2.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Markakis has neck surgery to repair herniated disk

Braves right fielder should be ready for the start of Spring Training

Markakis has neck surgery to repair herniated disk

ATLANTA -- 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.

When the Braves signed Markakis to a four-year, $44 million deal earlier this month, they expected that he would undergo this surgical procedure, which was performed in Atlanta by Dr. Steven Wray.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Nats acquire 2 prospects in three-team deal

Source: Nats acquire 2 prospects in three-team deal

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals involved themselves in a three-team, 11-player trade with the Rays and Padres on Wednesday evening, a baseball source has confirmed.

Washington acquired right-hander Joe Ross and a player to be named from the Padres -- it is believed that shortstop Trea Turner is that player -- and the Nationals sent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and left-hander Travis Ott to the Rays.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch Manny Ramirez swing a golf club for 1st time

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Watch Manny Ramirez swing a golf club for 1st time

Golf: the sport designed to look like something a normal person could succeed at, only so it can cruelly steal away all dignity. And while athletes usually have the kind of natural athleticism and hand-eye coordination that allows them to be naturally gifted at anything they do, today we have proof that is not always the case.

At David Ortiz's 7th Annual Golf Classic, which he hosts to raise money for his Children's Fund, a number of celebs and athletes came out, including Hanley Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Jose Bautista and Manny Ramirez.

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Mariners acquire versatile outfielder Ruggiano from Cubs

Seattle sends Minor League right-handed reliever Brazis to Chicago

Mariners acquire versatile outfielder Ruggiano from Cubs

SEATTLE -- The Mariners added some needed outfield depth Wednesday by acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs in a trade for Minor League reliever Matt Brazis, and the club will continue looking for other opportunities to improve its offense, according to general manager Jack Zduriencik.

The move could foreshadow a platoon scenario for the Mariners in their right-field situation. Ruggiano, 32, gives Seattle a right-handed option who can play all three outfield positions. The six-year Major League veteran hit .281 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 224 at-bats in 81 games last season for the Cubs.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

TB, SD and WAS go trade crazy, swap 11 players

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TB, SD and WAS go trade crazy, swap 11 players

On the heels of a Winter Meetings that had so much player movement it felt more like a fantasy draft than a baseball conference, most people assumed that the big moves would be over for a while. After all, weren't teams ready to hunker down and host holiday cookie swaps instead of blockbuster deals until the new year? 

Apparently not. As MLB.com's Corey Brock reported, the Rays, Padres, and Nationals played 52 card pickup with their rosters and sent 11 players around.

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Brewers coach LeBoeuf undeterred by cancer battle

Popular member of Minor League staff shares love of the game with players, family

Brewers coach LeBoeuf undeterred by cancer battle

MILWAUKEE -- The little milestones mean so much these days to Al LeBoeuf, a popular coach in the Brewers' Minor League system who has been fighting to reclaim his legs from cancer. Like the day he appeared in Spring Training to visit the players he worried he'd never see again. Or the morning earlier this year when he returned to the golf course. Or the day later in summer when LeBoeuf, fitted with braces on each of his lower legs, threw batting practice.

Some milestones are even smaller. A couple of weeks ago, LeBoeuf wiggled his toes for the first time in more than two years. He called the experience "wonderful."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Sox back in driver's seat after Cherington's maneuvers

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?

Of course it is.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hank the Wonder Dog is nominated for Dog of the Year

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Hank the Wonder Dog is nominated for Dog of the Year

While there are thousands of awards out there, from the Ig Nobel Prize given to strange science research to the Rotten Sneaker Award, given out to the child with the stinkiest pair of shoes, it is pretty much understood that these are the three most prestigious of them: 

1. MVP

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Morse, Marlins finalize 2-year, $16 million deal

Morse, Marlins finalize 2-year, $16 million deal

MIAMI -- 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.

Morse, who reached an agreement with the team on Tuesday, becomes an imposing figure to bat cleanup behind Giancarlo Stanton, the National League home run champion.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.