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.

Giants acquire McGehee to fill third-base spot

Giants acquire McGehee to fill third-base spot

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants filled their third-base vacancy on Friday night, announcing they obtained Casey McGehee from the Marlins for a pair of Minor League right-handers.

McGehee, 32, earned National League Comeback Player of the Year honors this season. But he became expendable when the Marlins acquired infielder Martin Prado from the Yankees in a five-player deal.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Kemp pumped to join forces with Padres

New right fielder has enjoyed success over years at Petco Park

Kemp pumped to join forces with Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Nine seasons of making visits to Petco Park as a visiting player left a lasting impression on new Padres outfielder Matt Kemp.

For one, Kemp said on Friday during his introductory news conference, was just how tough San Diego's pitching has been on him over the years. Kemp said he'd like to see that pitching continue to flourish.

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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

Ranking the 12 prospects the Padres dealt

Ranking 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.

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.

GM Hawkins? Righty has post-career plans

Pitcher, who will retire after '15, is interested in how teams are built

GM Hawkins? Righty has post-career plans

DENVER -- As he enters his 21st and final season in the Majors, Rockies right-hander LaTroy Hawkins realizes he has seen just a "small piece" of the sport he loves. When he takes off the uniform for the final time, he plans on delving into the rest.

Hawkins, who will turn 42 years old on Sunday, has designs on working in a club's front office, and can see being a general manager as a possible destination.

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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.

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.

Progressive renovations starting to take shape

Construction workers lay foundation for new bullpens, rooftop bar, seating areas

Progressive renovations starting to take shape

The Indians have made progress on the extensive Progressive Field renovations, and they're hoping to finish all the construction by their home opener against the Tigers on April 10.

"That's the plan. We are doing everything we can," said Cleveland senior director of communications Curtis Danburg, after the Indians hosted a tour of the renovated areas Friday. "We are taking advantage of good days when we get them and working feverishly six days per week to get the project done.

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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.

Red Sox acquire catcher Hanigan in deal with Padres

Trade sends Middlebrooks to San Diego, solidifies backstop role

Red Sox acquire catcher Hanigan in deal with Padres

With a logjam at third base and a need for a backup catcher, the Red Sox traded Will Middlebrooks to the Padres on Friday in exchange for catcher Ryan Hanigan.

The signing of Pablo Sandoval earlier this offseason made it likely that Middlebrooks would be traded.

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Quinn Roberts 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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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.

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.