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Jim Duquette

Cole diggers: 5 frontrunners in Hamels derby

Cole diggers: 5 frontrunners in Hamels derby

The trade that sent Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers is a clear indication that the Phillies are finally rebuilding, and there's a lot of speculation that they could soon trade perennial Cy Young candidate Cole Hamels as well.

Here's my take on the five teams that have the prospects, the money and the need for Hamels, as well as what it would take to swing a trade and the odds of it happening.

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Jim Duquette is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Active of late, Giants pondering next offseason move

World champs fill third-base void with McGehee, have engaged in talks with Shields

Active of late, Giants pondering next offseason move

After sitting back and watching other teams swoop in on their free-agent targets earlier this offseason, the Giants have moved decisively in recent days. They answered their third-base question with Casey McGehee and will soon formally announce that they've re-signed starter Jake Peavy and reliever Sergio Romo.

So, what's next for San Francisco?

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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.

Marlins trading at a pace not seen since '05

Club has been aggressive as it plans to contend during '15 season

Marlins trading at a pace not seen since '05

MIAMI -- Finalizing a trade that sends Casey McGehee to the Giants for pitching prospects Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo caps one of the busiest three-week offseason stretches in Marlins history.

San Francisco announced the deal on Friday night, and the Marlins on Saturday announced Flores will be added to their 40-man roster. Castillo is expected to open the season at Class A Advanced Jupiter.

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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.

Bid from unnamed team accepted for Korean infielder Kang

Bid from unnamed team accepted for Korean infielder Kang

The Nexen Heroes, a South Korean baseball club, have accepted a bid for shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, which would enable him to play in the Majors next season, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

"I'd like to thank the Heroes and others who've helped me along the way so far," Kang said through the club, according to the agency. "I think this is only the beginning. As the first position player from Korea to be posted, I am excited about the challenges ahead and I am also feeling a strong sense of responsibility."

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

Sources: Angels sign Cuban infield prospect Baldoquin

Club won't announce signing until it's official, which could happen next week

Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin has signed with the Angels after passing his physical, sources told MLB.com on Saturday.

Baldoquin, who turns 21 in May, will receive an $8 million signing bonus once the deal becomes official.

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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.

Padres build stacked offensive lineup with bevy of moves

Kemp, Upton, Myers bring power to roster

Padres build stacked offensive lineup with bevy of moves

SAN DIEGO -- During his introductory press conference Friday at Petco Park, new Padres outfielder Matt Kemp pulled on a home white jersey and hurriedly attempted to button it before posing for photos with general manager A.J. Preller and manager Bud Black.

There was only one problem; Kemp didn't have the buttons aligned and had to start over, but not before he poked a little fun at himself, which drew laughter from the gathering of media, family and front office types.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Preller sure keeps things moving as rookie GM

Padres standing out in the crowd with offseason makeover

Preller sure keeps things moving as rookie GM

John Hart was still figuring out what he wanted to do with the next chapter of his life when the telephone call came last September. At the time, he was a special assistant to Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz and wasn't sure he wanted to be much more than that.

In the wake of Frank Wren's dismissal as general manager, Hart simply saw himself as part of a transition team that would reshape the franchise's baseball operations. That's when A.J. Preller telephoned.

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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.

McGehee happy to wind up in San Francisco

Giants like how their new third baseman fits into lineup

McGehee happy to wind up in San Francisco

For a few minutes on Friday, Casey McGehee was excited about the news of a trade between the Yankees and Marlins. He heard from his wife, Sarah, that David Phelps, a teammate in 2012, was coming to Miami. So McGehee asked his wife to look into who else was involved.

McGehee quickly learned that the Marlins had also acquired Martin Prado, no doubt his replacement at third base. That set off some alarm bells, as McGehee put it on Saturday. He called his agent and reached out to Miami president Michael Hill, who informed McGehee he wouldn't be reporting to Marlins camp next spring.

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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.

What's Next: Hot Stove season still heating

Expect the wheeling, dealing to keep on coming into New Year

What's Next: Hot Stove season still heating

This year's Winter Meetings in San Diego were so eventful and so intriguing, it seems, that they couldn't fit everything into one week, what with many of the deals made bayside in Southern California coming to fruition the following week.

The drum beat of moves has just kept coming with the holidays approaching, and it's not about to stop.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Downs signs Minor League deal with Indians

Contract includes Spring Training invite for veteran left-hander

Downs signs Minor League deal with Indians

Scott Downs and the Indians have agreed on a Minor League contract with a non-roster invite to big league Spring Training, the team announced on Saturday.

The 38-year-old southpaw's 619 Major League appearances rank him fifth among active left-handed pitchers. He has held left-handed batters to a .219 average during his 13-year career with seven teams. Downs split the 2014 season between the White Sox and Royals after signing with Chicago in January.

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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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Tracy Ringolsby

Turner finds himself snagged in red tape after Myers deal

Prospect is caught between Padres and Nats due to Incaviglia Rule

Turner finds himself snagged in red tape after Myers deal

Trea Turner is one of the top prospects in baseball.

His career, however, is in limbo.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

From security guard to Santa: MLB spreads holiday cheer

From security guard to Santa: MLB spreads holiday cheer

NEW YORK -- Yes, baseball fans, there is a Santa.

He stays low-profile most of the year. He was a kid himself once, born and raised in Harlem and going each year at this time to a local movie theater, where the Police Athletic League would throw a Christmas party for area kids who would receive a present after watching a movie.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

John and Jordan Danks celebrate w/ Griswold Xmas

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John and Jordan Danks celebrate w/ Griswold Xmas

When throwing a holiday party, there are two questions you should ask yourself: 

1. Should I host a "Christmas Vacation" party? 

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Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote

White Sox executive VP encourages empowerment of speech on ballot

Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote

CHICAGO -- Ken Williams respects the power of protest against oppression or injustice of any sort.

The White Sox executive vice president has watched groups assemble across the country after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and following Eric Garner's death after being put in a chokehold by a police officer in Staten Island, N.Y. No indictments were handed down against the officers in either case resulting in the death of these young African-American men.

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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.

Rollins understands why Utley is staying in Philly

The longtime double-play partnership ends, but not their friendship

Rollins understands why Utley is staying in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- It makes perfect sense to Jimmy Rollins why Chase Utley wants to stay in Philadelphia, despite Phillies interim president Pat Gillick saying the team will not win again until 2017 at the earliest.

"You don't just get up and walk away from something you've built just because things aren't going great at that moment," Rollins said Friday, when the Phillies announced they traded him to the Dodgers. "You just don't do that. I don't think anyone in that clubhouse is a quitter and just, 'You know what, I give up. I don't want to be here because we're not winning now.'

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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.

Rollins plans to lead, succeed with Dodgers

Veteran shortstop believes there's a lot he can provide his new club

Rollins plans to lead, succeed with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced the trade of Jimmy Rollins on Friday, calling him a shortstop, but Rollins said he has an additional role.

Leader.

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

How will Padres handle all their outfielders?

After trading for Kemp, Myers and Upton, San Diego has options

How will Padres handle all their outfielders?

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' muddled outfield picture was already bordering on conundrum status before the team traded for Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers.

Now? The Padres have seven outfielders on the roster who will make more than the league minimum in 2015, presenting manager Bud Black with an assortment of options.

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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.

Hits keep coming: Padres acquire slugger J. Upton

Hits keep coming: Padres acquire slugger J. Upton

SAN DIEGO -- Most of general manager A.J. Preller's moves during this frenetic week of adding offensive upgrades have held true to two trends -- right-handed hitters and cost-controlled players.

One of Preller's newest additions, outfielder Justin Upton, only fit the bill as a right-handed hitter, as he will be eligible for free agency following the season.

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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.

Important: Howie Kendrick's son plays Ninja Turtles

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Important: Howie Kendrick's son plays Ninja Turtles

Howie Kendrick held his introductory press conference with the Dodgers on Friday. The second baseman talked about how happy he was to be a Dodger, his thoughts on the 2015 postseason, blah, blah, blah.

But at the end of the presser, Kendrick's son, Tyson, piped up to give us some very important information.

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Yankees acquire Eovaldi, Jones, German from Marlins

NY lands versatile Jones, righty prospect German; Phelps dealt to Miami

Yankees acquire Eovaldi, Jones, German from Marlins

NEW YORK -- The Yankees added another piece to their rotation on Friday, acquiring right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from the Marlins in exchange for infielder Martin Prado as part of a five-player deal.

The full trade involves the Yankees receiving Eovaldi, first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones and pitching prospect Domingo German in exchange for Prado and right-hander David Phelps.

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

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Hal Bodley

Silverman taking bold steps necessary to reshape Rays

Silverman taking bold steps necessary to reshape Rays

On second thought, give Matt Silverman, the Tampa Bay Rays' "rookie" general manager credit.

When he traded young Wil Myers, American League 2013 Rookie of the Year, to San Diego in a mammoth, three-team, 11-player deal -- it was finalized Friday -- my knee-jerk reaction was, how could he do that?

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Hal Bodley is the senior correspondnt for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peavy reportedly returning to SF on 2-year deal

Bringing back righty doesn't mean club won't also add another starter

Peavy reportedly returning to SF on 2-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' agreement with Jake Peavy on a reported two-year, $24 million deal Friday would seem to end their efforts to replenish the starting rotation. "Seem" is the key word in that sentence. For now, it's wiser to inscribe the Giants' probable Opening Day rotation in pencil, not ink. Pursuing another starter is no longer an urgent priority, but could be a possibility.

Peavy's agreement, which has not been confirmed by the club and will become official when he passes the requisite physical examination, gives the Giants a full five-man starting contingent. He joins Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Tim Hudson. And Yusmeiro Petit, who excelled in long relief throughout last season, remains available to replace any injured or slumping starter.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres deal Hanigan to Red Sox for Middlebrooks

Padres deal Hanigan to Red Sox for Middlebrooks

The Padres keep on wheeling and dealing.

San Diego sent catcher Ryan Hanigan, who was acquired from Tampa Bay in the Wil Myers trade, to Boston in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks. CBSSports.com initially reported that the Padres are on the verge of signing free-agent catcher David Ross, though it later updated that Ross was still deciding between San Diego and the Cubs.

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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.

Dodgers release veteran reliever Wilson

Dodgers release veteran reliever Wilson

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers released reliever Brian Wilson on Friday.

The Dodgers will be responsible for the 32-year-old right-hander's $10 million salary for 2015. He was designated for assignment three days ago to make room on the roster for free-agent signee Brandon McCarthy.

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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.

Dodgers surpass Yankees for highest payroll

Dodgers surpass Yankees for highest payroll

It's official: The Dodgers have passed the Yankees as baseball's highest-spending team.

According to calculations made by Major League Baseball and reported by The Associated Press, the Dodgers 2014 payroll was a record $257,283,410. That's more than $20 million above the previous high, recorded by the Yankees a year ago.

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

Sources: Rockies, Mets not actively talking Tulo

While NY is reportedly interested in shortstop, no deal is close

Sources: Rockies, Mets not actively talking Tulo

DENVER -- For the last six months, the pattern has been that a report would surface saying the Mets are trying to acquire shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, and the Rockies are asking for the world. Then all turns quiet until the next report surfaces.

Friday followed the same pattern. CBSSports.com reported that the teams are "quietly discussing" the possible deal, but went on to say talks are "in the early stages with several hurdles to go." Two sources with knowledge of the situation insisted to MLB.com that the teams aren't in active discussions.

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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.

MLB Network breaks down MLB doppelgangers

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MLB Network breaks down MLB doppelgangers

We all know Jake Peavy looks like Jeremy Renner and Tim Lincecum looks like a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but there are far more MLB doppelgangers than just those two.

Thankfully, MLB Network's Sam Ryan joined Friday's Hot Stove and offered up a few more excellent observations.

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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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