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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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.

What's Next: Hot Stove season still heating up

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

What's Next: Hot Stove season still heating up

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kendrick ready to make history with Dodgers

Longtime Angel excited to join new double-play partner Rollins

Kendrick ready to make history with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The face for one of baseball's great anomalies -- a major trade between the crosstown Angels and Dodgers -- arrived with a stylish plaid shirt, a pearly white smile and two charming young boys, one of whom ultimately seized control of the microphone on Friday morning.

Howie Kendrick -- and 3-year-old Tyson, and 5-year-old Owen -- is a Dodger now, coming over from the Angels in the first significant deal between the two teams since a reliever named Jim Brewer did the opposite in 1975.

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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.

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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.

Cubs reportedly sign Ross to 2-year deal

Catcher was behind the plate for most of Lester's starts over past two years

Cubs reportedly sign Ross to 2-year deal

CHICAGO -- David Ross and Jon Lester appear to be together again.

The Cubs have reportedly signed Ross to a two-year, $5 million contract, according to FOXSports.com. Several Boston media outlets confirmed the deal on Friday. The Cubs, who would have to make a roster move to open a spot for Ross, would not comment on the reports. The deal most likely is pending a physical.

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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.

Hart sees major value in newly acquired prospects

Hart sees major value in newly acquired prospects

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart made his latest big move on Friday when he sent Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft to the Padres in exchange for left-handed pitcher Max Fried, infielder Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Alex Smith. Atlanta also gained San Diego's fourth international slot bonus in this deal.

Hart had the option to keep both Upton and Jason Heyward, who was traded to the Cardinals in November. Instead, he sought returns that he believes will prove to be more valuable than the compensatory Draft picks the Braves would have received had Heyward and Upton both exited as free agents following the 2015 season.

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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.

'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.

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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.

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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Amid changes, Silverman confident in Rays' chances

New regime has had busy offseason revamping roster after 77-win campaign

Amid changes, Silverman confident in Rays' chances

ST. PETERSBURG -- Wil Myers is gone, so are a lot of other players since the end of the 2014 season by way of trade or release.

Just don't get the idea the Rays are sacking the bats for 2015.

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

Cingrani ready to take advantage of second chance

After tough injury-plagued 2014, lefty will get another shot with Latos, Simon gone

Cingrani ready to take advantage of second chance

CINCINNATI -- Last season, young Reds left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani was viewed as ready for a full-time spot in the rotation and a central piece in the club's plans. It enabled Cincinnati to bid farewell to Bronson Arroyo and feel good about its starting five.

Then Cingrani struggled early in the year and missed most of the season with a shoulder injury. Before the Winter Meetings last week, he appeared to be on the outside looking in -- the sixth man on the depth chart for the rotation.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles bring aboard Coolbaugh as hitting coach

Orioles bring aboard Coolbaugh as hitting coach

The Orioles have announced that Scott Coolbaugh, who spent the last eight seasons in the Rangers organization, will fill their vacancy as their Major League hitting coach.

While Coolbaugh was the Rangers' hitting coach in 2012, they led the Majors in runs scored (808) and were second in the American League in batting average (.272). He spent last season serving as the Rangers' Minor League hitting coordinator.

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

Homecoming official with introduction of new trio

Florida natives Morse, Latos, Gordon excited to be teammates on Marlins

Homecoming official with introduction of new trio

MIAMI -- Sunshine State pride was overflowing at Marlins Park on Friday afternoon during an introductory news conference for Florida natives Michael Morse, Mat Latos and Dee Gordon.

"Talk about Christmas coming early," Miami general manager Dan Jennings said. "This is a great Florida trifecta here. It made us smile as we were putting this together."

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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.

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.

Passion key part of Zinter's return trip to Majors

Astros' assistant hitting coach willing to start from scratch

Passion key part of Zinter's return trip to Majors

HOUSTON -- Few men in baseball have had to grind for as long as Alan Zinter, who played 14 seasons in the Minor Leagues before finally getting his first taste of life in the Major Leagues when he made his debut with the Astros in 2002 at 34 years old.

When his playing career was over and he decided he wanted to become a coach, Zinter went back to the rugged life in the Minors and worked his way back to the Majors once again. The Astros hired him in early November to be their assistant hitting coach, giving him his first big league job.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Winter dealing could just be starting for Phils

Winter dealing could just be starting for Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' rebuilding effort is underway, but it is far from over. There are still trades to be explored involving a number of veteran players, including Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Marlon Byrd.

The Phillies have already moved Jimmy Rollins and Antonio Bastardo as management tries to inject youth and athleticism into the organization. More deals could be soon to come.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. 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.

Rays pleased with 5-player haul

Silverman: Club 'more well-rounded, balanced'

Rays pleased with 5-player haul

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays equally consider their present and future in every deal they make, and they say Friday's three-team, 11-player trade with the Padres and Nationals was no different.

Even if it appears at first glance they just diminished their chances to win next year.

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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.

Cubs claim Lavarnway off waivers from Dodgers

Cubs claim Lavarnway off waivers from Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers by the Cubs on Friday.

Lavarnway was designated for assignment by the Dodgers during last week's flurry of roster moves at the Winter Meetings.

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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.

Adding relievers to mix remains a top priority for Toronto

Adding relievers to mix remains a top priority for Toronto

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' bullpen remains a work in progress as the club continues to search for ways to improve what became a noticeable area of weakness throughout the 2014 season.

Toronto is expected to add at least a couple of relievers in the coming weeks and one of those will have to be a closer if -- as expected -- free agent Casey Janssen doesn't return to the organization.

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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.

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.