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CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox finalized a $42 million, three-year contract with free agent Melky Cabrera on Monday, bolstering their outfield with their latest big move in an impressive offseason. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Outfielder Alex Rios and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Monday. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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After back-to-back seasons in which he made just a combined 16 starts for the Toronto Blue Jays, right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow is set to try to revive his career with the San Diego Padres. The 30-year-old with a history of oblique, forearm, and finger issues agreed Tuesday to join the Padres on a low risk, high reward one-year deal worth $2.5 million plus incentives.  MLB.com Padres reporter Corey Brock was first to report the news and has the contract details: Morrow’s deal with the #Padres : $2.5 million guarantee + chance to earn $5 million in bonuses for starting and $1 million for relieving. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) December 16, 2014 Morrow is the second oft-injured Blue Jays pitcher in two years to attempt a fresh start with the Padres. Josh Johnson had a disastrous 2013 season in Toronto after being acquired in the mega-trade with the Miami Marlins . Johnson went 2-8 with a 6.20 earned-run average and pitched just 81.1 innings. In November 2013, Johnson signed a one-year deal worth $8 million with the Padres – but never saw the field. In April, he underwent his second Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2014 season. The Padres did not pick up his option and he remains a free agent. Morrow, who in addition to his injury woes suffers from diabetes , can only hope to do better in San Diego than Johnson did. Morrow was reportedly offered an opportunity to fight for a spot in the Blue Jays bullpen, but his preference is to start. Despite 2015 being his age-31 season, Morrow has the pedigree to get back on track. He was a first-round pick, fifth overall, of the Seattle Mariners in 2006. He arrived in Toronto via trade in late 2009 in exchange for reliever Brandon League. The Blue Jays moved him from the bullpen to the starting rotation and for a while it looked like they had a budding ace. Morrow made 26 starts and won 10 games in 2010. On Aug. 8 of that year, he threw a memorable one-hit shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out 17 and losing his no-hit bid with two out in the ninth. He followed that up with a breakout 2011 season, making 30 starts, winning 11 games, and striking out 203 batters in 179.1 innings. But soon after, his injuries woes began and he’s been unable to stay on the field since. He missed 64 games in 2012 with an oblique injury, 107 games with a strained right forearm in 2013, and another 107 games last year due to a finger injury. When he’s healthy and at his best Morrow possesses a mid-90s fastball and a great slider he uses for his outpitch. In his breakout 2011 season he had an AL-best 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings rate. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Without a playoff appearance since 2006 and mired in also-ran status behind the powers of the National League West, the San Diego Padres are going all-in in 2015. Friday was another day of frantic dealing for Padres general manager A.J. Preller, capping off a week of bold moves. On Friday Preller landed outfielder Justin Upton in a deal with the Atlanta Braves. That was quickly followed by acquiring third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox. With the dust settled (for now) the Padres have completely overhauled their offense that ranked 30 th in the majors last year. While some of the deals are still not finalized, if everything goes according to plan the Padres will have this week acquired Matt Kemp , Wil Myers , Derek Norris , Upton, and Middlebrooks. Here’s a look at what their potential revamped 2015 batting order might look like, compared to what their 2014 lineup often looked like on a typical summer day after third baseman Chase Headley was traded in July: 2015 2014 1. Alexi Amarista, SS 1. Everth Cabrera, SS 2. Jedd Gyorko, 2B 2. Yangervis Solarte, 3B 3. Justin Upton, OF 3. Seth Smith, OF 4. Matt Kemp, OF 4. Yasmani Grandal, C 5. Wil Myers, OF 5. Jedd Gyorko, 2B 6. Derek Norris, C 6. Will Venable, OF 7. Will Middlebrooks, 3B 7. Cameron Maybin, OF 8. Yonder Alonso, 1B 8. Yonder Alonso, 1B 9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher   In addition to the offensive upgrades, the Padres also added reclamation projects to their pitching staff in Brandon Morrow and Josh Johnson. If one or both can turn back the clock they could bolster the backend of the starting rotation which already includes stalwarts Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, and Ian Kennedy. Just as remarkably, the Padres made these deals without losing their top prospects. Catcher Austin Hedges, pitcher Matt Wisler, and outfielder Hunter Renfroe – three of San Diego’s top four prospects according to Baseball America – remain in the organization. A roster overhaul of this nature is not always a recipe for success (just ask the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays , among many other teams). But Preller has put the Padres in a position to make some noise in the tough NL West in 2015, and if nothing else a team worth watching. Some of his players are already excited: Christmas has come early for the @padres this year — Tyson Ross (@TysonRoss) December 19, 2014 Since winning the division in back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006 the Padres have had to watch the other California teams dominate. The San Francisco Giants have won three World Series, and the Los Angeles Dodgers throw seemingly endless amounts of cash around in pursuit of a title of their own. The Padres are now poised to make the division a three-horse race. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The revamping Oakland Athletics made yet another trade of a star player this offseason, sending catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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(Reuters) – The Chicago White Sox crossed another key item off their long holiday shopping list by agreeing with outfielder Melky Cabrera on a three-year $42 million contract, the club said on Tuesday. Cabrera, 30, batted .301 with a .351 on-base percentage for the Toronto Blue Jays last season to go with 16 home runs and 73 runs batted in. The addition of Cabrera, who in 2012 was leading the National League in batting average for the San Francisco Giants before missing the end of the season over a doping violation, was the latest in an offseason overhaul by the White Sox. … View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Former drugs cheat Melky Cabrera, who was slapped with a 50-game ban in 2012 for testing positive for testosterone, officially agreed to a multi-million dollar contract with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Dominican Republic outfielder reportedly signed a three-year deal worth $42 million. “Melky provides us with a professional hitter, who reaches base on a consistent basis,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn on Tuesday. Cabrera spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, batting .301 with 16 homers, 35 doubles and 73 RBI in 139 games in 2014. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Free agent right-hander Brandon Morrow and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn up to $8 million if he starts regularly next season. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Seth Trachtman evaluates possible stolen base sleepers for the 2015 season. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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