Rosenthal: Jake Peavy agrees to deal with Giants

Free-agent right-hander Jake Peavy agreed to a deal with the San Francisco Giants early Friday morning, extending his stay in the Bay Area, FOX Sports 1 MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal reported. Peavy's deal is for two years and $24 million, ESPN reported. He will make $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016 along with getting a $4 million signing bonus and full no-trade protection...
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On The 7th Day Of Cardinals Crapmas

Cardinals fans, bless their hearts, are easy marks for the retail snipers of BIG BUSINESS. They know you know it’s hard to go wrong with a Cardinals themed gift for a friend, co-worker or loved one. So they make literally anything you could ever buy into a ‘great gift for Cardinals fans’ and it’s in your shopping cart before you even realized what you’ve done. These are...
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Grounding the High Expectations of Boston’s Mookie Betts

Red Sox Nation has been here before, drooling over the next top prospect that has made the leap to the big leagues. Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox is no different. Betts has made a fast rise through the minor league levels, plowing through AA and AAA to the Majors within the same 2014 […]
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The Importance of Base Running

Baseball is a game of many facets, many of which are often ignored, simply because they are not easy to judge statistically. Because of this, hitting and pitching are often overvalued while other parts like defense (beyond errors and fielding percent), managing, a catcher’s ability to call a game and base running (beyond steals) are simply set aside. One of the benefits of tracking...
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Where should the Cincinnati Reds look for LF help?

The outfield market in free agency is drying up. Nori Aoki is easily the biggest name available and he’s at best a solid bat that would look much better in center than in the corners given his lack of power. Still, a .350 on-base percentage is incredibly enticing to put in front of Joey Votto, who over the last four years has had one season with someone batting in the two spots...
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Where’s the Boldness and Creativity?

John Harper of the Daily News wonders if Sandy Alderson could learn a few things from San Diego GM A.J. Preller, who took over a franchise with a similar losing history and a weak-hitting roster with depth in young pitching and transformed the team in about five minutes. “I’m thinking the majority of Mets fans would have been willing to take some risk to add firepower to an...
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Player Profile #175: Oswaldo Arcia | OF | MIN

In 788 PA across 200 games, Oswaldo Arcia has 34 HR, 100 RBI, and — wait for it — 244 strikeouts. The power is undeniable, but at about 1.25 punchouts per game, Arcia is far from a finished product. And with identical 31.0% strikeout rates in both of his major league seasons, progress seems to have been slow. But that cursory analysis is unfair to Arcia. He was just 23 years...
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Halo Headlines: Angels complete Butera trade, former first round pick Bolden shot and killed

The December 19th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels complete Butera trade, former first round pick Bolden shot and killed and much more… The Story: The Angels traded Matt Long to the Dodgers to complete the Drew Butera trade.The Monkey Says: NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Matt Long has been freed, but in the wrong way. Funnily enough, the Dodgers...
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FOX Sports Fan Vote: Who would you put into the Hall of Fame?

A trio of aces is knocking on the Hall of Fame doors in Cooperstown, NY. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are three of the 17 first-timers on the 2015 ballot, which will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 6 (Inductions on July 26). For the second year in a row, FOX Sports is asking for the people who really matter — YOU — to vote. Last year, you only voted in Greg Maddux...
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Kennys Vargas, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

When Kennys Vargas first arrived on the major league baseball scene, people were like, "Is he a switch hitter or are there two of them?" Then when it turned out there were multiple Kennys, people started gossiping like they were in a sewing circle, "Is it fair if there's more than one Kenny in the batter's box at once?" To those people I submit, it could be worse, they could've...
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Vin Scully Loses World Series Ring

Vin Scully hasn’t missed much during his 65 seasons as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers. After being the booth for three perfect games, 19 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star games…Thursday was a first. He lost his 1988 World Series ring. The 87-year-old was out Christmas shopping when the prized piece of jewelry ended up missing. Thankfully, the Dodgers had his back...
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The True Value Of A Dark Chi

I’ve been having a lot of conversations about value, and how to effectively allocate that value. These conversations have been with a friend who is ultra frustrated about the Mets and their quiet off-season. And he’s ready to dive off the deep end and trade Noah Syndergaard for the first sexy name that walks on by. (My friend has also been told by many that he has a dark chi...
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After day of drama, Kemp trade to Padres finally official

After a week of waiting, and a day that saw medical information leaked and accusations thrown from Los Angeles to San Diego, the deal sending Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres was officially completed late Thursday night. And once the dust settled, the official deal was the same as it was originally crafted shortly after last week's Winter Meetings in San Diego — Kemp, catcher...
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Padres, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Padres have finalized a five-player trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that sends slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal. The teams agreed to the deal last week but didn't finalize it until Thursday. There was no explanation for the holdup, although the Padres, desperate to pump up the worst offense in the majors...
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Dodgers Finally, Finally Complete Matt Kemp Trade

Well, that took long enough. For days, I’ve been reminding people that it really hasn’t been that long since Matt Kemp took his physical (48 hours or so), but after today’s revelation about the Padres claiming they’d found issues with his hips, I have to admit that even I started worrying about whether this thing was going to happen. Not only is it now official, but the Dodgers...
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Padres deal to acquire Matt Kemp finalized

The deal sending outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres is finally official. Kemp along with catcher Tim Federowicz and cash considerations will go to the Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmini Grandal and right handed pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. And… It's official: — San Diego Padres (@Padres) December...
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Red Sox Cashing in on Derek Jeter

Thirteen months ago, when the New York Yankees shelled out $12 million to keep Derek Jeter for one more season, many scoffed saying he was past his prime and not worth it. And who knows, after posted a career-low .256 and an overall yuck of a season…maybe they were right. However, the Yankees (and, really, anyone with a pulse) financially made the best move they could have. Simply...
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Storylines: Athletics unload another All-Star

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Thursday, Dec. 18.  Top Stories: The Padres and Athletics continued their busy offseasons with a multiplayer deal that sent catcher...
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The Padres and A’s Keep Doing Things

If I had to sum up the offseason for the Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres, it would be thusly: At the start of the 2015 season, both teams are going to look markedly different, and they took another step away from the 2014 season tonight with yet another surprise trade. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has […]
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Former Angels Prospect Dead in Candy Dispute

According to Marc Teichner of FOX 5 in Atlanta, local police confirmed this afternoon that former Los Angeles Angels prospect Ryan Bolden was shot and died of his wounds after an altercation last night near an apartment complex. Some details are still unclear and the shooter has yet to be identified, but sometime around 8:30 ET children were having an argument over candy when some...
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Bill James’ 2015 Red Sox Predictions: Mookie Betts Could Have Bright Future (Video)

Bill James has made a name for himself with his annual Major League Baseball predictions, and this year he’s got an interesting look at the Boston Red Sox’s 2015 season. Red Sox writer Ricky Doyle gives his take on some of James’ predictions in the video above. Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports ImagesFiled under: Boston Red Sox, NESN Video, Ricky...
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Vin Scully loses World Series ring; Dodgers help find it via Twitter

We’ve all been there before.  Where did I leave my keys?  I know I put my watch down over here.  Darnit, I can’t find my cell phone.  But if the stakes are a World Series ring from 1988, the panic might be a little more desperate.  Even a wedding ring might be more easily replaced.  Apparently, legendary Brooklyn Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully had temporarily...
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Report: A's trade All-Star Norris to Padres, get Hahn in 4-player deal

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Oakland Athletics have traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because neither team had announced the agreement...
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Dodgers finally deal Matt Kemp to Padres, acquire Jimmy Rollins

  Gary A. Vasquez- USA TODAY Sports The San Diego Padres have finally agreed and finalized the deal to acquire Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Yahoo Sports Tim Brown. The terms of the trade are Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Padres, catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zack Eflin to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Dodgers will...
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AP Sources: A's trade catcher Norris to Padres

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Oakland Athletics have traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because neither team had announced the agreement...
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