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.

Source: Padres land catcher Norris in deal with A's

Source: Padres land catcher Norris in deal with A's

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres continue to be active this offseason, particularly when it comes to outfielders and catchers -- and offensive upgrades.

On Thursday, on the heels of agreeing to a deal that landed outfielder Wil Myers from the Rays and while closing in on finalizing their trade to get Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, the Padres acquired catcher Derek Norris in a trade with the A's that also netted San Diego right-handed pitcher Seth Streich and an international-signing slot.

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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.

Scully briefly loses WS ring, takes search to Twitter

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Scully briefly loses WS ring, takes search to Twitter

At some point on Thursday, legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was out getting some Christmas shopping done when he noticed something was wrong:

His World Series ring was missing.

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Rehabbing Medlen joins Royals on 2-year deal

Right-hander returning from Tommy John surgery

Rehabbing Medlen joins Royals on 2-year deal

The Royals would love to see Kris Medlen return to the form that made him one of the breakout pitching stars of Major League Baseball in 2012 and 2013. That's why they're willing to wait a bit longer for it to happen.

Kansas City didn't wait a day longer to sign Medlen, however, and on Thursday made official a two-year deal loaded with incentives for the pitcher, who is attempting to come back after his second Tommy John surgery. Medlen was introduced at a news conference in Kauffman Stadium and assigned uniform No. 39.

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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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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.

Angels send Long to Dodgers to complete Butera deal

Angels send Long to Dodgers to complete Butera deal

ANAHEIM -- Minor League utility player Matt Long was sent from the Angels to the Dodgers on Thursday as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade for veteran catcher Drew Butera.

Long, a 27-year-old left-handed hitter who plays all three outfield positions and second base, was then flipped to the Brewers along with reliever Jarret Martin for catcher Shawn Zarraga.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

City council rejects proposed Rays stadium search

City council rejects proposed Rays stadium search

ST. PETERSBURG -- A little more than a week after taking a significant step forward in their search for a new ballpark, the Rays ran into another roadblock Thursday afternoon.

The St. Petersburg City Council denied the "memorandum of understanding" agreed to on Dec. 9 by the club and Mayor Rick Kriseman. After pushing back the decision a week, the council voted down the memo, five votes to three.

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

O's unsure if Wieters will be ready for Opening Day

O's unsure if Wieters will be ready for Opening Day

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters may not be healthy in time for the start of the 2015 season, according to manager Buck Showalter.

Speaking during the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore's annual meeting, Showalter told CSNBaltimore.com that Wieters projects as being ready "very close" to the start of the season, but not quite by Opening Day. He also addressed the status of third baseman Manny Machado, whom he thinks should be ready for the 2015 campaign.

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

Phils waiting on Dodgers to announce Rollins deal

Phils waiting on Dodgers to announce Rollins deal

PHILADELPHIA -- And the Phillies continue to wait.

They agreed more than a week ago to trade Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers for a pair of Minor League pitchers, but they have not announced the trade because of a separate trade involving the Dodgers.

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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.

Putting together the All-Cuban defector team

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

Putting together the All-Cuban defector team

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.

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.

Well-traveled Leiper assists young players in South Africa

Blue Jays first-base coach offers instruction at annual African Elite Camp

Well-traveled Leiper assists young players in South Africa

TORONTO -- Baseball has taken Blue Jays first-base coach Tim Leiper all over the world, and this offseason an opportunity to help grow the game even more brought him to the unlikely destination of Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africa isn't exactly known for its love of baseball, but for the past four years, it has served as the host country for the African Elite Camp. The annual event is the largest baseball development project in Africa and brings the continent's top players together with Major League coaches and instructors.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bolden, former first-round Draft pick of Angels, killed

ANAHEIM -- Former Angels first-round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed in Georgia on Wednesday night, according to local reports. Bolden, 23, was in the Angels organization from 2010-13. The team was informed of his passing on Thursday.

The deadly shooting took place in College Park, Ga., and started as a fight over candy, according to a report from FOX 5 in nearby Atlanta. Investigators told FOX 5 that children between the ages of 10 and 11 were arguing about the candy when adults got involved around 8:30 p.m. ET and things turned violent.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies targeting veteran righties for rotation

Correia, Harang, Johnson, Kendrick on club's radar as it seeks experience, depth

Rockies targeting veteran righties for rotation

DENVER -- The Rockies' exploration for veteran pitching has them kicking the tires on several free agents.

Righties Kevin Correia, Aaron Harang, Josh Johnson and Kyle Kendrick are believed to be four of many available free agents with whom the Rockies have made initial contact and are monitoring this offseason. The Rockies' interest in Kendrick was first reported by ESPN on Thursday.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. 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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Biggio wants Hall call for the fans, not himself

HOF candidate on ballot for third time after just missing induction by 2 votes

Biggio wants Hall call for the fans, not himself

For Craig Biggio, his possible induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is not just about him.

It never has been.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. 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.

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.

McGehee: Miami ready to face high expectations

Marlins playoff-ready with additions of Morse, Latos, Gordon

McGehee: Miami ready to face high expectations

MIAMI -- As an organization, step one for the Marlins was assembling the necessary parts to make the team a contender. The front office believes it has done so with the additions of slugger Michael Morse, frontline starter Mat Latos and speedster Dee Gordon.

Step two falls into the hands of those in uniform: manager Mike Redmond, his coaching staff and the players. Third baseman Casey McGehee says the challenge now is living up to expectations.

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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.

Andrus wins Sundberg Community Achievement Award

Andrus wins Sundberg Community Achievement Award

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers recognized shortstop Elvis Andrus' positive role off the field on Thursday, naming him as the recipient of the 2014 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award.

Andrus will be honored at the 2015 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Dallas Omni Hotel. It's the 26th consecutive year the award has been presented to a member of the Rangers organization for significant contributions in the community.

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

Minors deals bring catcher Zarraga to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and Angels on Thursday completed the Dec. 9 trade that sent backup catcher Drew Butera across town to the American League.

Minor League utilityman Matt Long was sent to the Dodgers, who then traded Long and left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin to Milwaukee for Minor League catcher Shawn Zarraga.

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Ken Gurnick 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.

Braves being patient as trade market shakes out

Justin Upton, Gattis are potential chips, but Hart not rushing to make deals

Braves being patient as trade market shakes out

ATLANTA -- As the Braves have spent the past few weeks talking to other clubs about Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, they have shown patience and provided every indication that they will not deal either of these right-handed sluggers unless they gain a significant return.

"We're still having some conversations with people," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "But I think our priority right now for the 2015 club is we're going to attempt to find at least one more [starting pitcher]. There's still some talks that are going to continue to go, possibly into February, with free agents and potential deals.

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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.

Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal

Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal

CHICAGO -- George Kottaras will join the White Sox via a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com. The club has not commented on the deal.

The left-handed-hitting catcher, who is 31, played for the Indians, Cardinals and Blue Jays in 2014, hitting .233 with three homers and five RBIs. Kottaras hit two homers in two at-bats for the Indians against Andre Rienzo on May 4 at Progressive Field during a 4-3 White Sox victory. He has played for seven teams over his seven-year career.

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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.

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, said he's happy to come full circle as he's 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.