From December 8th till the 11th, MLB teams will be locked in intense negotiations regarding the future of their organizations. With rumors and news to be had at all hours of the day, we have compiled a list of information for the most avid fan (with times reported in EST). We will continue to update rumors and agreements as they become available, enjoy!
UPDATED 9:41 PM - The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Mark Reynolds to a one-year deal.
12:22 PM - The Mets have signed OF John Mayberry Jr. to a Major League contract.
12:11 PM- The Cincinnati Reds have traded Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Anthony DeSclafani and Chad Wallach.
11:50 AM - Alfredo Simon is heading to Detroit in exchange for Eugenio Suarez and Jonathon Crawford.
10:08 AM - The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox are swapping Yoenis Cespedes and Rick Porcello.
9:46 AM - The Dodgers have agreed to a trade that would send Matt Kemp the San Diego.
12:38 AM - After acquiring Andrew Heaney earlier, the Dodgers are flipping him to the Angels for 2B Howie Kendricks.
11:43 PM - Brandon McCarthy has agreed to a four-year deal with the Dodgers.
10:32 PM - The Red Sox have acquired Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks for two prospects.
7:59 PM - The Washington Nationals are in active discussions for both Tyler Clippard and Ross Detwiler.
7:32 PM - The Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade: Dee Gordon and Dan Haren will be headed to Miami for Andrew Heaney and three other prospects.
6:09 PM - Antonio Bastardo has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Joely Rodriguez.
4:12 PM - Dodgers and Phillies intensify Jimmy Rollins trade talks.
3:36 PM - The Giants are reportedly speaking with Ervin Santana’s representatives.
3:23 PM - The Baltimore Orioles view Yoenis Cespedes as a possible solution in their outfield.
3:19 PM - The Dodgers are making Dee Gordon available to trade.
1:43 PM - Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins would accept a trade to the Dodgers.
1:26 PM - Giants, Yankees, Red Sox, and Dodgers are all showing interest in Sergio Romo.
12:56 PM - The San Francisco Giants are interested in Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Cole Hamels.
10:42 AM - The Boston Red Sox are considering making a trade for Diamondbacks’ starter Wade Miley.
10:38 AM - Houston has signed relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to multi-year deals.
1:33 AM - The Chicago Cubs have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, six years for $155M.
9:45 PM - Cubs and Red Sox are the new finalists for Lester despite report yesterday that it was between the Giants and Cubs.
8:30 PM - Another team is interested in Justin Upton. The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves are talking about a possible trade.
7:58 PM - The Baltimore Orioles are searching for an outfielder. Marlon Byrd, Delmon Young, and Michael Morse are all options.
6:19 PM - The Cincinnati Reds are fielding calls about their pitching.
4:11 PM - The Chicago Cubs-Arizona Diamondbacks trade has been finalized. Chicago will be sending Arizona Jefferson Mejia and Zach Godley for Miguel Montero.
2:49 PM - The Tigers really want to resign Scherzer, and they are willing to offer a lot of money.
1:51 PM - Former slugger Dan Uggla looking to make a return. Seven teams are reportedly interested.
1:35 PM - Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates have reached a deal.
12:58 PM - The Atlanta Braves are close to signing veteran second baseman Alberto Callaspo.
12:46 PM - After some last-minute issues, the deal to trade Jeff Samardzija is official. The Oakland A’s will send Samardzija and Michael Ynoa to the White Sox for four players.
12:27 PM - The Pittsburgh Pirates are working on a deal to re-sign pitcher Francisco Liriano.
12:16 PM - Chicago Cubs on verge of trading for Arizona’s Miguel Montero.
1:04 AM - Chicago White Sox reach 4-year agreement with former Yankee closer David Robertson.
12:57 AM - Oakland Athletics trade pitcher Jeff Samardzija to Chicago White Sox for Marcus Semien, Trayce Thompson and Chris Beck.
8:01 PM - The New York Mets are interested in dealing Dillon Gee.
6:59 PM - The Texas Rangers have reengaged trade talks with the Atlanta Braves over Evan Gattis
5:51 PM - Seattle has expressed interested in OF Melky Cabrera, and are currently viewed as the frontrunner to land the former Blue Jay.
5:33 PM - The Texas Rangers have formally submitted a contract offer to Justin Masterson.
4:53 PM - Giants and Cubs are the current finalists in the Jon Lester sweepstakes.
3:43 PM - In order to move slugger Jay Bruce, the Cincinnati Reds would need to be “blown away.”
3:34 PM - The San Diego Padres are still the frontrunner to land Matt Kemp from the Dodgers.
1:17 PM - Jon Lester is nearing a decision on where he will sign, and it will be announced possibly by the end of the day.
12:24 PM - Oakland and Cleveland have agreed to a trade that would send Brandon Moss to the Indians in return for second baseman Joe Weddle.
12:04 PM - The Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians are on the verge of a trade involving Brandon Moss.
11:52 AM - The Houston Astros have expressed interest in acquiring shortstop Jed Lowrie.
11:34 AM - Starlin Castro, the Chicago Cub’s 24-year old shortstop, is not available according to team officials.
11:02 AM - The Chicago White Sox are rumored to be the front-runner for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
10:44 AM - The Chicago Cubs are expected to re-sign pitcher Jason Hammel.
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After a second consecutive season below .500, the White Sox have gotten aggressive in their offseason moves and grabbed one of the best starting pitchers in the league in Jeff Samardzija and a solid closer in David Robertson.
The Yankees gave Robertson a qualifying offer earlier this offseason, which means they won’t lose Robertson for nothing, and All-Star Dellin Betances will be a good replacement so not giving Robertson all the money he wanted was probably a good move on their part especially if they are gunning for a big-name starter like Lester or Scherzer.
Chicago is much better off with these two players after having the third-worst bullpen in ERA last season and no one in the rotation aside from Chris Sale. They may fall into the same position as the Dodgers with a solid 1-2 punch but no one to step up at 3-5 but for now the White Sox should be optimistic about the signings.
Although, I am not 100 percent sold on Robertson being worth, as he put it, “Papelbon money”—I’m not sure even Papelbon is worth Papelbon money but that’s an aside—but I think considering the circumstances it is still the right move for Chicago.
Update: The Cubs have now joined their cross-town rivals as a team that has gone from bad to potential contender next season. Three big moves stand out thus far for Theo Epstein and Co.: trading for Miguel Montero, signing top pitching free agent Jon Lester and upgrading to manager Joe Maddon. Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer—but mostly Epstein more likely—have been working to build a true contender since they came to Chicago in 2011.
They have gone and drafted great prospects and have the second-best crop of potential stars in the league next to Houston. Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler all look like they have the ability to hone themselves into top players in the majors, and it was only a question of when the Cubs would start to contend. Would it be 2016, 2017, 2018?
But now that the Cubbies have made a splash and gotten the ace they need, one of the best managers in baseball and a solid backstop, watch out for Chicago in 2015.
The White Sox are all in for next year. The team has made solid additions in Robertson, Samardzija, LaRoche, and Zach Duke. Additionally, Carlos Rodon and Micah Johnson should arrive in the big leagues at some point in 2015. Add these players to the existing core of Jose Abreu, Chris Sale, Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, and Alexei Ramirez and the White Sox should contend next year.
I love seeing new teams that haven’t made much noise in recent years making big moves this week. It’s great for the game and should set up a competitive 2015 season. A deep free agent class coupled with some big names on the move via trade have made for an interesting offseason so far. Keep it coming!