Hughes, Twins reportedly agree to extension

Deal would be most lucrative for pitcher in franchise history

Hughes, Twins reportedly agree to extension

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have reached an agreement for a contract extension with right-hander Phil Hughes through the 2019 season, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com on Monday. The club has not confirmed the deal.

The extension is a three-year deal worth $42 million, as first reported by the New York Daily News. Hughes, who was slated to make $8 million in both 2015 and '16, will now make $9.2 million each of those years before making $13.2 million per season from 2017-19.

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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.

Historic year etched Kershaw among legends

Historic year etched Kershaw among legends

On a June night at Dodger Stadium, the dominance Clayton Kershaw brought to every start in his historic 2014 season reached a crescendo with the big left-hander recording his first no-hitter in a remarkable performance against the Rockies. He had 15 strikeouts and no walks, the most Ks without a free pass ever seen in a no-no. It's just one of the unprecedented feats in Kershaw's transcendent regular season, a campaign that stands out as one of Major League Baseball's biggest stories of 2014.

Winning both the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Awards wasn't unprecedented, but it was yet another way Kershaw seemed to channel a Dodgers left-hander who wound up in the Hall of Fame: Sandy Koufax. Like Koufax in 1963, Kershaw was such a presence on the mound that he broke through for the Cy Young-MVP double, just the 11th player in MLB history to do so and the biggest reason Kershaw's 27 starts were such a significant part of the 2014 baseball landscape.

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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.

Hot Stove takes no holiday: What's next?

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

Hot Stove takes no holiday: What's next?

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.

Steinbrenner's foundation to aid family of slain officer

Late Yankees owner began Silver Shield to assist with education costs

Steinbrenner's foundation to aid family of slain officer

NEW YORK -- George Steinbrenner, the late Yankees principal owner, started the Silver Shield Foundation in the early 1980s to help the children of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

That foundation will pay for the education of the children of Rafael Ramos, the NYPD officer who was killed along with his partner, Wenjian Liu, while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. 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.

Tulo focusing on rehab, not trade rumors

Shortstop aims to be ready for Opening Day after hip surgery

Tulo focusing on rehab, not trade rumors

DENVER -- Keeping up with Hot Stove activity is secondary to getting healthy for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki -- even though he is the subject of prominent rumors.

"I'm keeping up but I'm not worrying about it," Tulowitzki said from his Las Vegas home Sunday night. "I'm just doing my rehab and want to get back on the field. That's my main focus."

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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.

Morse's return to Miami a happy homecoming

Born and bred in South Florida, slugger eager to suit up for hometown Marlins

Morse's return to Miami a happy homecoming

MIAMI -- No matter which uniform he wore or what part of the country he played in, Michael Morse never lost touch with his roots.

Whether he was with the Mariners early in his career, or with the Nationals for four seasons, or splitting time in Seattle and Baltimore in 2013, Morse always knew he would be back in South Florida in the offseason. Winning the World Series with the Giants this October didn't change his loyalties.

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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.

Bid from unnamed team accepted for Korean infielder Kang

Bid from unnamed team accepted for Korean infielder Kang

The Nexen Heroes, a South Korean baseball club, have accepted a bid for shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, which would enable him to play in the Majors next season, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

"I'd like to thank the Heroes and others who've helped me along the way so far," Kang said through the club, according to the agency. "I think this is only the beginning. As the first position player from Korea to be posted, I am excited about the challenges ahead and I am also feeling a strong sense of responsibility."

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

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Richard Justice

Cashman pushes Yankees forward with youth movement

Cashman pushes Yankees forward with youth movement

The Yankees are prepared to open the 2015 season with a 24-year-old shortstop and a 23-year-old second baseman. Three of their projected five starting pitchers could be 26 or younger. Out in the bullpen, Shawn Kelley might be the only reliever who has celebrated a 30th birthday.

Yes, friends, the Yankees are getting younger. Never saw that coming, did you? This shift toward more youth is one of the interesting storylines of general manager Brian Cashman's offseason.

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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.

Stewart's journey to GM has been years in the making

In the realm of baseball, there's not much the former pitcher hasn't done

Stewart's journey to GM has been years in the making

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Early during a long-ago Spring Training, a young pitcher named Dave Stewart scaled the Vero Beach mound on shaky legs to pitch batting practice against the marquee Dodgers.

Stewart had been preceded by his reputation for not knowing where his hard pitches were going. In his first two seasons in the Minors, he'd walked 123 in 109 innings. He quickly lived up to it.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Cain resurgence could be difference-maker in '15

Righty's return to All-Star form would be major boost for Giants' rotation

Cain resurgence could be difference-maker in '15

It's been a surprising, slow-to-develop Hot Stove season for the Giants. But all could be forgotten in a hurry next spring if Matt Cain returns strong to join Madison Bumgarner in one of baseball's best 1-2 combinations

The Giants didn't bring back the one free agent everyone thought they would, Pablo Sandoval, and kept a couple that seemed likely to head elsewhere in Jake Peavy and big-ticket setup man Sergio Romo. They lost third-base coach Tim Flannery to retirement. And they saw their top free-agent target, Jon Lester, say "no thanks" to go in search of the Holy Grail with the Cubs.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Duquette

Cole diggers: 5 frontrunners in Hamels derby

Cole diggers: 5 frontrunners in Hamels derby

The trade that sent Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers is a clear indication that the Phillies are finally rebuilding, and there's a lot of speculation that they could soon trade perennial Cy Young candidate Cole Hamels as well.

Here's my take on the five teams that have the prospects, the money and the need for Hamels, as well as what it would take to swing a trade and the odds of it happening.

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Jim Duquette is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prado gives Marlins options with their batting order

Prado gives Marlins options with their batting order

MIAMI -- Adding Martin Prado to the equation gives manager Mike Redmond some interesting decisions to make regarding the Marlins' batting order. It may also impact when slugger Giancarlo Stanton comes to the plate.

It's been pretty much a given Stanton would bat third, with conventional thinking being you want your best hitter guaranteed an at-bat in the first inning and as many at-bats as possible. But Prado has excelled in the No. 2 spot, which raises the question if Stanton will slide down a spot to cleanup?

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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.

Sources: Angels sign Cuban infield prospect Baldoquin

Club won't announce signing until it's official, which could happen next week

Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin has signed with the Angels after passing his physical, sources told MLB.com on Saturday.

Baldoquin, who turns 21 in May, will receive an $8 million signing bonus once the deal becomes official.

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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.

Racehorse named Yogi Berra beats horse named Chelios

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Racehorse named Yogi Berra beats horse named Chelios

Last week, Larry Fitzgerald tweeted a photo of himself playing high school basketball against Joe Mauer, leading us to speculate about other inter-sport athletic competitions. However, we somehow ignored the most important question - who would win in a race, Yogi Berra or Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios? (We were all wondering about that, right?)

Luckily, we don't have to imagine the results.

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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.

Justin Turner lets a monkey lick his mouth

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Justin Turner lets a monkey lick his mouth

With the World Series and MLB's Winter Meetings in the rearview, it's time for players to start thinking about the season that lies ahead. Start spending time in the cages, hopping on that stationary bike, resuming throwing programs, letting the monkey from The Hangover Part II lick your tongue ... wait, what?!

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Active of late, Giants pondering next offseason move

World champs fill third-base void with McGehee, have engaged in talks with Shields

Active of late, Giants pondering next offseason move

After sitting back and watching other teams swoop in on their free-agent targets earlier this offseason, the Giants have moved decisively in recent days. They answered their third-base question with Casey McGehee and will soon formally announce that they've re-signed starter Jake Peavy and reliever Sergio Romo.

So, what's next for San Francisco?

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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.

Marlins trading at a pace not seen since '05

Club has been aggressive as it plans to contend during '15 season

Marlins trading at a pace not seen since '05

MIAMI -- Finalizing a trade that sends Casey McGehee to the Giants for pitching prospects Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo caps one of the busiest three-week offseason stretches in Marlins history.

San Francisco announced the deal on Friday night, and the Marlins on Saturday announced Flores will be added to their 40-man roster. Castillo is expected to open the season at Class A Advanced Jupiter.

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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.

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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.

McGehee happy to wind up in San Francisco

Giants like how their new third baseman fits into lineup

McGehee happy to wind up in San Francisco

For a few minutes on Friday, Casey McGehee was excited about the news of a trade between the Yankees and Marlins. He heard from his wife, Sarah, that David Phelps, a teammate in 2012, was coming to Miami. So McGehee asked his wife to look into who else was involved.

McGehee quickly learned that the Marlins had also acquired Martin Prado, no doubt his replacement at third base. That set off some alarm bells, as McGehee put it on Saturday. He called his agent and reached out to Miami president Michael Hill, who informed McGehee he wouldn't be reporting to Marlins camp next spring.

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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.

Downs signs Minor League deal with Indians

Contract includes Spring Training invite for veteran left-hander

Downs signs Minor League deal with Indians

Scott Downs and the Indians have agreed on a Minor League contract with a non-roster invite to big league Spring Training, the team announced on Saturday.

The 38-year-old southpaw's 619 Major League appearances rank him fifth among active left-handed pitchers. He has held left-handed batters to a .219 average during his 13-year career with seven teams. Downs split the 2014 season between the White Sox and Royals after signing with Chicago in January.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Turner finds himself snagged in red tape after Myers deal

Prospect is caught between Padres and Nats due to Incaviglia Rule

Turner finds himself snagged in red tape after Myers deal

Trea Turner is one of the top prospects in baseball.

His career, however, is in limbo.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. 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.

John and Jordan Danks celebrate w/ Griswold Xmas

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John and Jordan Danks celebrate w/ Griswold Xmas

When throwing a holiday party, there are two questions you should ask yourself: 

1. Should I host a "Christmas Vacation" party? 

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Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote

White Sox executive VP encourages empowerment of speech on ballot

Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote

CHICAGO -- Ken Williams respects the power of protest against oppression or injustice of any sort.

The White Sox executive vice president has watched groups assemble across the country after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and following Eric Garner's death after being put in a chokehold by a police officer in Staten Island, N.Y. No indictments were handed down against the officers in either case resulting in the death of these young African-American men.

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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.

Rollins understands why Utley is staying in Philly

The longtime double-play partnership ends, but not their friendship

Rollins understands why Utley is staying in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- It makes perfect sense to Jimmy Rollins why Chase Utley wants to stay in Philadelphia, despite Phillies interim president Pat Gillick saying the team will not win again until 2017 at the earliest.

"You don't just get up and walk away from something you've built just because things aren't going great at that moment," Rollins said Friday, when the Phillies announced they traded him to the Dodgers. "You just don't do that. I don't think anyone in that clubhouse is a quitter and just, 'You know what, I give up. I don't want to be here because we're not winning now.'

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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.

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.

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.