Source: Padres acquire J. Upton from Braves

Source: 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 apparently landed yet another big bat for the team's offense.

The Padres traded for outfielder Justin Upton and a low-level player to be named from the Braves early Friday, dealing left-handed pitcher Max Fried, a former first-round Draft pick, in addition to infielders Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith, a baseball source told MLB.com.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

After dealing Kemp, Dodgers ready to add Rollins

Pitcher Eflin expected to be flipped to Phillies in deal for shortstop Rollins

After dealing Kemp, Dodgers ready to add Rollins

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp passed his physical exam, Commissioner's approval was granted and the Dodgers' deal with the Padres was finally made official on Thursday.

The trade of Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million in offset salary to San Diego brings to the Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is expected to be sent to Philadelphia with pitcher Tom Windle for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

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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.

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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.

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.

City council rejects proposed Rays stadium search

City council rejects proposed Rays stadium search

ST. PETERSBURG -- A little more than a week after taking a significant step forward in their search for a new ballpark, the Rays ran into another roadblock Thursday afternoon.

The St. Petersburg City Council denied the "memorandum of understanding" agreed to on Dec. 9 by the club and Mayor Rick Kriseman. After pushing back the decision a week, the council voted down the memo, five votes to three.

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Adam Berry is a reporter forMLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

These are the most memorable mascot moments of 2014

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These are the most memorable mascot 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 memorable mascot moments from the 2014 season: 

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Angels send Long to Dodgers to complete Butera deal

Angels send Long to Dodgers to complete Butera deal

ANAHEIM -- Minor League utility player Matt Long was sent from the Angels to the Dodgers on Thursday as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade for veteran catcher Drew Butera.

Long, a 27-year-old left-handed hitter who plays all three outfield positions and second base, was then flipped to the Brewers along with reliever Jarret Martin for catcher Shawn Zarraga.

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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.

O's sign lefty reliever Wright to 1-year deal

O's sign lefty reliever Wright to 1-year deal

The Orioles officially announced on Friday that they've signed free-agent left-hander Wesley Wright to a one-year deal.

Wright spent last season with the Cubs, pitching 48 1/3 innings across 58 appearances and posting a 3.17 ERA, 19 walks and 37 strikeouts. He held left-handed batters to zero extra-base hits and a .594 OPS.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Trade sending Rollins to LA close to reaching finish line

Deal forced to wait until Dodgers wrapped up separate swap with Padres

Trade sending Rollins to LA close to reaching finish line

PHILADELPHIA -- The wait is almost over.

The Phillies and Dodgers agreed more than a week ago to trade Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles for a pair of Minor League pitchers, but the clubs have not announced the trade because of a separate trade involving the Dodgers.

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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.

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.

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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.

Mejia and Globetrotters exchange tricks of the trade

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Mejia and Globetrotters exchange tricks of the trade

When you really think about it, there are quite a few similarities between the skills necessary to be a great baseball player and the skills necessary to be a Harlem Globetrotter -- creativity, calmness under pressure, showmanship on the field.

But we aren't the first people to recognize this...

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Bolden, former first-round Draft pick of Angels, killed

ANAHEIM -- Former Angels first-round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed in Georgia on Wednesday night, according to local reports. Bolden, 23, was in the Angels organization from 2010-13. The team was informed of his passing on Thursday.

The deadly shooting took place in College Park, Ga., and started as a fight over candy, according to a report from FOX 5 in nearby Atlanta. Investigators told FOX 5 that children between the ages of 10 and 11 were arguing about the candy when adults got involved around 8:30 p.m. ET and things turned violent.

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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.

Oliver hosts holiday dinner for Arlington Urban Ministries

Oliver hosts holiday dinner for Arlington Urban Ministries

ARLINGTON -- Darren Oliver's father, Bob, passed down wisdom as a Major League player that helped his son pitch in the big leagues for two decades.

His father also passed down life lessons that inspired Oliver to make a difference in his community -- first as a player, and also since the pitcher retired in the fall of 2013.

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

Rox shut down Ynoa from winter ball to rest for spring

Infielder among hottest hitters in Dominican

Rox shut down Ynoa from winter ball to rest for spring

DENVER -- The Rockies have asked infielder Rafael Ynoa to end his participation in the Dominican Winter League to avoid wear and tear before Spring Training, the club said Thursday.

The decision was met with disagreement in the Dominican, where Ynoa is 10th in the league in batting with a .293 average and 11th in on-base percentage (.366) for Aguilas. However, a Rockies spokesman said the team is making sure Ynoa is healthy enough to compete for the first Opening Day roster spot of his young Major League career.

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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.

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.

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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.

Rockies targeting veteran righties for rotation

Correia, Harang, Johnson, Kendrick on club's radar as it seeks experience, depth

Rockies targeting veteran righties for rotation

DENVER -- The Rockies' exploration for veteran pitching has them kicking the tires on several free agents.

Righties Kevin Correia, Aaron Harang, Josh Johnson and Kyle Kendrick are believed to be four of many available free agents with whom the Rockies have made initial contact and are monitoring this offseason. The Rockies' interest in Kendrick was first reported by ESPN on Thursday.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.