Padres acquire J. Upton from Braves

Padres acquire J. Upton from Braves

SAN DIEGO -- The hits keep on coming for the Padres -- or at least that's the hope -- as general manager A.J. Preller has landed yet another big bat for the team's offense.

The Padres traded for outfielder Justin Upton and right-hander Aaron Northcraft from the Braves, dealing left-handed pitcher Max Fried, the team's No. 3 prospect, in addition to infielders Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith and the Padres' fourth international bonus pool 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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Breaking down the prospects acquired in Upton deal

Left-hander Fried, infielder Peterson among talented young players coming to Braves

Breaking down the prospects acquired in Upton deal

No one can accuse new Padres general manager A.J. Preller of standing pat. News of the huge three-team, 11-player deal that netted him Wil Myers had just settled in when the Matt Kemp deal was finalized. The ink on that one had barely dried when Preller was at it again, this time sending young players to the Atlanta Braves in return for Justin Upton.

Here's a closer look at who the Braves are getting in return for Upton:

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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.

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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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Who are the 12 prospects the Padres dealt?

Who are the 12 prospects the Padres dealt?

As A.J. Preller has worked tirelessly to remake the San Diego Padres' big league roster, he has not been afraid to send prospects or young players away to get the Major League pieces he desires. Once the Justin Upton trade becomes official, a total of 12 players who appeared on the the Padres' Top 20 list at some point in 2014 will have been dealt.

The Padres still have three of the their top four prospects from before the overhaul in catcher Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler and Hunter Renfroe. Of course, there's still plenty of time for that to change, with the new GM deserving a moniker for this activity. "Preller the Seller" has a nice ring to it, no?

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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.

Yankees acquire Eovaldi, Jones, German from Marlins

New York sends Prado, Phelps and cash to Miami

Yankees acquire Eovaldi, Jones, German from Marlins

The Yankees acquired right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, infielder Garrett Jones and right-handed pitching prospect Domingo German from the Marlins on Friday in exchange for infielder Martin Prado, righty David Phelps and cash considerations.

In Eovaldi, the Yankees gain a young, hard-throwing starter to bolster the back of their rotation. The right-hander posted a 3.39 ERA in 2013. That figure jumped to 4.37 last season, but Eovaldi still managed to throw 199 2/3 innings for the Marlins. Eovaldi will be 25 years old next season, and he's not eligible for free agency until 2018.

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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.

Padres, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade

Padres, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade

SAN DIEGO -- The much-anticipated trade sending Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres, a week in the making, has been officially consummated. But not without some drama.

The Padres on Thursday night announced the five-player deal with their National League West rivals, a trade highlighted by the acquisition of Kemp, who immediately becomes the most-feared hitter in their order. He is expected to be introduced at a news conference Friday at Petco Park.

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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

Aggressive Preller has Padres all-in

New GM has overhauled offense with additions of Upton, Kemp, Myers

Aggressive Preller has Padres all-in

The Padres may have Justin Upton for just one season. That's the risk they're taking. They're fine with that. He will help change the way we think about this franchise and change the way we think about the National League West race, too. He will make them better, too -- way better. This is the goal. Nothing else matters.

This amazing new guy in charge of the Padres, A.J. Preller, couldn't care less about 2016 or '17. He wants to change the Padres, and emphatically. He wants to change them now.

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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.

'Winning tradition' has Porcello excited to join Boston

In shadow of aces in Detroit, righty may end up as Opening Day starter

'Winning tradition' has Porcello excited to join Boston

BOSTON -- Meeting the media on Friday for the first time since being traded to the Red Sox last week, right-hander Rick Porcello was asked about his personal memories of pitching here at Fenway Park. All he could do was laugh.

Porcello, whom Boston acquired from the Tigers in a trade for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitchers Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier, remembers quite well his start at Fenway on Aug. 11, 2009. Porcello plunked Kevin Youkilis, Youkilis charged the mound, and both players ended up tumbling to the infield grass.

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Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres reportedly deal for Middlebrooks

Padres reportedly deal for Middlebrooks

The Padres keep on wheeling and dealing.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, San Diego will send 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.

Friedman: Moves make Dodgers 'highly functional'

President of baseball operations discusses trading Kemp, acquiring Rollins

Friedman: Moves make Dodgers 'highly functional'

LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Friedman on Friday explained why the Dodgers needed the extreme makeover they've just undergone, including the trade of popular outfielder Matt Kemp to the now-formidable Padres.

"It all gets back to us doing everything we could to mold the roster into a highly functional team, instead of a collection of talent," said Friedman, the president of baseball operations and architect of a flurry of moves that included Friday's confirmation of the acquisition of shortstop Jimmy Rollins and $1 million from the Phillies for Minor League pitchers Tom Windle and Zach Eflin.

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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.

After Norris trade, A's release veteran Punto

Club to pay infielder's $2.75 million option; outfielder Peterson claimed by Cubs

After Norris trade, A's release veteran Punto

OAKLAND -- In the wake of yet another multiplayer trade, with Oakland sending All-Star catcher Derek Norris to San Diego for two pitchers on Thursday evening, the A's released veteran infielder Nick Punto to clear a spot on their 40-man roster.

The A's also announced Friday that Minor League outfielder Shane Peterson was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, following six seasons in Oakland's system. He was originally acquired by the A's in the trade that sent Matt Holliday to St. Louis and appeared in just two games with Oakland, both in 2013.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manfred names Selig Commissioner Emeritus

Bud Selig will become Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball when he officially steps down next month, it was announced Friday.

Selig, who has presided over the sport for 22 years, was given the new title by Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred. Selig will be available to advise Manfred and assist with special projects.

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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.

Cubs claim Lavarnway, Peterson off waivers

Roach, Watkins designated for assignment to make room on 40-man roster

Cubs claim Lavarnway, Peterson off waivers

CHICAGO -- The Cubs claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers and outfielder Shane Peterson off waivers from the Athletics on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins were designated for assignment.

Lavarnway, 27, has spent the last seven seasons in the Red Sox's organization, batting .299 in 25 games on the 2013 World Series championship team. He was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers on Dec. 5 but designated for assignment on Dec. 10.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

It's official: Myers moves to Padres in megadeal

It's official: Myers moves to Padres in megadeal

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' Opening Day starting lineup is starting to take shape, but make sure you use a pencil and not a pen.

On Friday, the Padres officially announced the completion of a three-team, 11-player megadeal with the Rays and Nationals that landed them outfielder Wil Myers and catcher Ryan Hanigan.

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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.

Peavy reportedly returning to SF on 2-year deal

Peavy reportedly returning to SF on 2-year deal

After winning a World Series ring with the Giants in 2014, free-agent right-hander Jake Peavy has agreed to return to San Francisco, according to a FOXSports.com report on Friday. The club has not confirmed the deal.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweeted that the deal is for two years and Peavy will make $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. He will receive a $4 million signing bonus and has a full no-trade clause.

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Matt Weber is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Motte excited about playing for Cubs, Maddon

Reliever has always enjoyed pitching at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Motte excited about playing for Cubs, Maddon

CHICAGO -- After spending his entire career with the Cardinals, Jason Motte had no trouble signing with their biggest rival, the Cubs.

"I know Cubs-Cards is a big rivalry," Motte said Friday. "We liked what the Cubs did this offseason and we're excited for the opportunity they presented to us to play there. I've always said it, and there have been many articles about it, but people ask, 'What's your favorite opposing city to go to?' and I've always said Chicago."

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays claim Oramas, sign Albers to Minors deal

Blue Jays claim Oramas, sign Albers to Minors deal

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added pitching depth Friday by claiming left-hander Juan Oramas off waivers from the Padres and signing left-hander Andrew Albers to a Minor League contract.

Oramas was in San Diego's system for eight seasons and compiled a 47-29 record with a 3.40 ERA in 158 games, including 111 starts. He spent most of 2014 at Triple-A El Paso and posted a 5.61 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Bidding ends today for Korean slugger Kang

Giants, A's, Padres, Royals, Nats, D-backs have reportedly shown interest in shortstop

Bidding ends today for Korean slugger Kang

It's only a matter of time until it is known which team earned the right to negotiate with Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang.

The Korean Baseball Organization officially posted the shortstop on Monday, and Major League organizations have until 5 p.m. ET today to put in bids. It's believed the KBO will announce by the beginning of next week, perhaps Monday, which team won negotiating rights.

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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.

Halos acquire 2B Giavotella in trade with Royals

Keystone competition gets another entry; Broderick sent to KC

Halos acquire 2B Giavotella in trade with Royals

The Angels acquired second baseman Johnny Giavotella from the Royals on Friday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Brian Broderick, who was recently signed out of the Mexican League.

Giavotella has posted a .238/.277/.334 slash line while appearing in 125 games with the Royals from 2011-14. The 27-year-old right-handed hitter was designated for assignment on Thursday so that the Royals could make room on the 40-man roster for starter Kris Medlen.

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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.

Yanks land reliever Germen in deal with Mets

Yanks land reliever Germen in deal with Mets

NEW YORK -- The Yankees acquired right-handed reliever Gonzalez Germen from the Mets on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.

The crosstown trade marked the first deal between the New York rivals in more than a decade. The last trade between the Yanks and Mets came on Dec. 3, 2004, when the Yankees sent Felix Heredia to the Mets in exchange for Mike Stanton.

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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.

Pirates add Hart to mix with 1-year deal

First baseman/outfielder spent 2014 with Mariners after missing all of '13 season

Pirates add Hart to mix with 1-year deal

CHICAGO -- The Pirates signed first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year deal for the 2015 season on Friday.

In 10 Major League seasons, Hart, 32, has compiled a .271 batting average, 220 doubles, 33 triples, 160 home runs, 529 RBIs and 546 runs scored in 1,013 games between the Brewers (2004-2013) and Mariners (2014).

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

Kemp moved as LA nets Rollins, Grandal, prospects in 2 deals

Kemp moved as LA nets Rollins, Grandal, prospects in 2 deals

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced the acquisition of Jimmy Rollins from Philadelphia on Friday to fill their hole at shortstop.

The Dodgers will also receive $1 million from the Phillies in return for Minor League pitchers Tim Windle and Zach Eflin, the latter acquired Thursday night from San Diego in the Matt Kemp trade, which was finally announced after being delayed when a physical exam reportedly revealed that Kemp had arthritis in both hips.

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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.

Biggio remains active in helping children with cancer

Astros legend happy to lend hand to Sunshine Kids organization at holiday party

Biggio remains active in helping children with cancer

HOUSTON -- When it comes to Craig Biggio and the Sunshine Kids, little has changed since Biggio ended his Major League career seven years ago. Biggio's hit tally may have stopped, but the party never ends -- two parties, as a matter of fact, each of which celebrates the tireless work of the Sunshine Kids, a support group that has helped thousands of kids with cancer and their families.

One of those parties, the annual Sunshine Kids Christmas bash at the Children's Museum of Houston, has several constants from year to year -- photo ops with Santa, an abundance of Christmas cookies, games, face painters and general happiness among the kids, siblings and parents in attendance.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks reiterate they won't pursue Scherzer

Club president Levine says Bombers won't give out deal in range of what righty is seeking

Yanks reiterate they won't pursue Scherzer

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are continuing to state that they have no plans of dressing Max Scherzer in pinstripes, and will bank on CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka to lead the pitching rotation next season.

Speaking at a NYC Football Club/YES Network news conference on Thursday, team president Randy Levine reiterated earlier comments made by general manager Brian Cashman in saying that Scherzer's expected market will be too rich for them.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres land catcher Norris in deal with A's

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 the heels of agreeing to a deal that landed outfielder Wil Myers from the Rays and finalizing their trade to get Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, the Padres acquired catcher Derek Norris in a swap 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.

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Richard Justice

Scherzer would be finishing touch on impressive Dodgers offseason

Scherzer would be finishing touch on impressive Dodgers offseason

All the Dodgers need at this point is a finishing touch. Swing the bat, circle the bases, tip the hat. Goodnight, everybody, and drive carefully.

Max Scherzer?

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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.

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Mike Bauman

Hall process inevitably denies deserving candidates

Hall process inevitably denies deserving candidates

The good news on the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is that there are 19 candidates who could be considered as genuine contenders for induction.

That number is good for baseball, good for the Hall, good for the Hall's election process. The one group that all this greatness on one ballot does not benefit are the candidates themselves. They can't all be elected in this voting. And there is an excellent chance that some of them never will be elected.

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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.

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.

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.