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.

More

Austin Laymance is a reporter 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.

More

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.

MLB.com Columnist

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.

More

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.

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.

More

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.

More

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

More

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.

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.

More

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.

More

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.

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.

More

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.

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.

More

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.

MLB.com Columnist

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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.

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.

More

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.

More

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.

MLB.com Columnist

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:

More

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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.

MLB.com Columnist

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.

More

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.

More

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.

Kluber, Brantley to appear at Tribe Fest

Kluber, Brantley to appear at Tribe Fest

American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and AL Most Valuable Player finalist Michael Brantley will attended Tribe Fest 2015, presented by KeyBank.

Kluber was 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA in 2014, while Brantley became the first Indians player with 200 hits, 20 home runs, 20 steals and 45 doubles in a season to finish third in AL MVP voting.

More

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.

Report: Romo remains a Giant, gets 2-year deal

Report: Romo remains a Giant, gets 2-year deal

The Giants have reportedly reached an agreement to bring back free-agent reliever Sergio Romo on a two-year contract worth $15 million.

Romo, 31, has spent his entire Major League career with the Giants and has served as an instrumental part of the back end of their bullpen. FOXSports.com first reported the agreement Wednesday afternoon, and says it is pending a physical.

More

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

Shift in U.S.-Cuban relations may affect MLB

Those seeking career in Majors may find less restrictive path to America

Shift in U.S.-Cuban relations may affect MLB

The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, could affect Cuban players currently in the Major Leagues and pave the way for an easier passage for Cuban players seeking to play in the U.S. in the future.

"This is a game-changer," one American League general manager said.

More

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.

The 10 most GIF-able MLB moments of 2014

|
The 10 most GIF-able MLB moments of 2014

2014 is drawing to a close, so it's time to remember all the things that made the year fantastic. What's on your list? Friends? Family? The fact that Spring Training really isn't that far away? Well, the MLB year was so packed with amazing things that we can't fit them all in one post. For now, let's just take a look at the most GIF-able moments from the 2014 season: 

Continue Reading on Cut4

Team Australia rides 8-run rally to All-Star Game win

Former Minor Leaguer Kennelly named MVP after going 2-for-2 with three RBIs

Team Australia rides 8-run rally to All-Star Game win

The 2014 Australian Baseball League All-Star Game featured a late comeback from Team Australia, who topped the World All-Stars, 11-8, on Wednesday night in Melbourne. The Australians trailed, 8-3, before erupting for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Despite the loss, the World All-Stars received major contributions from a host of MLB prospects.

More

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

MLB.com Columnist

Richard Justice

Padres go for gold in blockbuster deal for Myers

Rays, Nationals jump in trade mix with hopes of future gains

Padres go for gold in blockbuster deal for Myers

Right there at the beginning, the Rays found out Wil Myers had a chance to be special.

In just his sixth game, Myers stepped to home plate in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and the Rays trailing, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium. There in front of a packed house, with the crowd roaring, he fell behind CC Sabathia, 0-2.

More

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.

Markakis has neck surgery to repair herniated disk

Braves right fielder should be ready for the start of Spring Training

Markakis has neck surgery to repair herniated disk

ATLANTA -- Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck on Wednesday. The Braves expect the veteran outfielder to begin baseball-related activities before the start of Spring Training.

When the Braves signed Markakis to a four-year, $44 million deal earlier this month, they expected that he would undergo this surgical procedure, which was performed in Atlanta by Dr. Steven Wray.

More

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