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  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    Cubs add Motte, former Boston catchers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Cubs spent Friday working on their battery, reportedly finalizing a deal with reliever Jason Motte and adding former Boston Red Sox catchers David Ross and Ryan Lavarnway.

    • Motte, one of baseball's best closers in 2012, reportedly signed a one-year deal worth up to $7.5 million, including $3 million in performance bonuses.

      Motte, a 32-year-old right-hander, recorded 42 saves for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 as they reached the NL championship series. He had Tommy John surgery in May 2013 and returned to pitch in 29 games last season, going 1-0 with a 4.68 ERA.

      Also Friday, Ross reportedly signed a two-year, $5 million deal, and Lavarnway was claimed off waivers.

      Ross, 37, will be reunited with his former Boston battery mate, Jon Lester, who recently signed with the Cubs.

      Ross has hit .233 with six teams over 13 seasons.

      Lavarnway, 27, spent the last seven years with the Red Sox. He's a .201 career hitter.

      The arrivals of Ross and Lavarnway create a bit of a logjam at catcher behind starter Miguel Montero. Welington Castillo is expected to be traded.

      On Friday, the Cubs also claimed Shane Peterson off waivers from the Oakland A's.

      Peterson, 26, hit .308 with 40 doubles and 90 RBI at Triple-A Sacramento last season.

      To create room for Lavernway and Peterson on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated infielder Logan Watkins and pitcher Donn Roach for assignment. They will have to make another move to accommodate Ross.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    Royals sign OF Rios
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Kansas City Royals finalized a one-year, $11 million contract agreement with free-agent outfielder Alex Rios on Friday that also has a mutual option for 2016.

    • Rios is expected to take over in right field for Nori Aoki. The deal calls for Rios to make $9.5 million in 2015 and $12.5 million in 2016 with a $1.5 million buyout.

      Rios, 33, hit .280 with four home runs and 54 RBIs in 131 games for the Texas Rangers this past season. The Royals are hoping for an offensive boost from Rios in their lineup next year.

      He became a free agent when the Rangers declined his $13.5 million club option for 2015.

      Ankle and thumb injuries plagued Rios in 2014. While splitting time with the Rangers and Chicago White Sox in 2013, he hit .278 with 18 homers and 108 RBIs.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    A's part with Punto
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Oakland Athletics released veteran utility infielder Nick Punto on Friday to clear to roster space.

    • The A's acquired pitchers Jesse Hahn and A.J. Alvarez on Thursday in exchange for Derek Morris, giving them 41 players on the 40-man roster.

      By letting the 36-year-old Punto go, the A's will be responsible for his $2.75 million salary in 2015.

      Punto played in 73 games last year for the A's and batted .207 with two home runs and 14 RBIs. His is a career .245 hitter in 14 major league seasons.

      Outfielder Shane Peterson, who was designated for assignment last week by the A's, was claimed by the Chicago Cubs.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    Padres reportedly acquiring Justin Upton, Middlebrooks
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Diego Padres continued to overhaul their roster Friday, reportedly acquiring All-Star outfielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves and working to obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox.

    • The Padres reportedly will send left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith to Atlanta in exchange for Upton and a low-level player.

      Upton, 27, hit .270 for Atlanta last season, with 29 home runs and 102 RBIs. He will make $14.5 million in 2015 and is set for free agency in 2016.

      The trade of Upton had been expected since the Braves signed outfielder Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million deal. Atlanta earlier had dealt outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals.

      The Padres, under new general manager A.J. Preller, have now acquired their entire starting outfield this week: Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers.

      On Wednesday, the Padres pulled off a three-team trade to bring Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

      On Thursday night, the Padres finalized a five-player trade to acquire Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers and also obtained All-Star catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland Athletics.

      The Padres now are reportedly close to trading catcher Ryan Hanigan, acquired in the deal with Tampa Bay, to Boston for Middlebrooks, who is being replaced by Pablo Sandoval.

      Middlebrooks, once considered Boston's future third baseman, has regressed over the last two years. After hitting .288 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs as a rookie in 2012, he hit just .227 in 2013 and .191 in 63 games last season as he split time between Boston and Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    Yanks acquire RHP Germen from Mets
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations on Friday.

    • Germen, 27, did not record a decision in 25 relief appearances with the Mets in 2014, posting a 4.75 ERA over 30 1/3 innings. He also spent time with Triple-A Las Vegas, going 3-1 with six saves and a 2.38 ERA in 18 appearances out of the bullpen.

      In 54 career major league relief appearances over parts of two seasons with the Mets (2013-14), the Dominican Republic native has gone 1-2 with one save and a 4.31 ERA over 64 2/3 innings. He was originally signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent on Oct. 10, 2007.

      This trade marks the first between the Yankees and Mets since Dec. 3, 2004 when the Yanks acquired left-hander Mike Stanton in exchange for left-hander Felix Heredia.

      To make room for Germen on the Yankees' 40-man roster, right-hander Preston Claiborne was designated for assignment. He was 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA over 21 innings last season.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    Marlins acquire Prado from Yankees in five-player deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Marlins continued their offseason makeover Friday, acquiring infielder Martin Prado in a five-player trade with the New York Yankees.

    • The Marlins also received right-hander David Phelps while sending the Yankees right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Domingo German and veteran infielder Garrett Jones.

      The Marlins have reconstituted their infield, acquiring second baseman Dee Gordon from the Los Angeles Dodgers and signing Michael Morse to play first base. Prado is expected to play third base.

      Prado, 31, hit .282 with 12 homers and 58 RBI for the Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks last season. The Yankees acquired him on July 31.

      Prado, who played with the Atlanta Braves from 2006 to 2012 before moving to Arizona, is a career .291 hitter.

      Phelps, 28, was 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 32 games (17 starts) with the Yankees last season. In 87 appearances (40 starts) over the past three seasons with the Yankees, he was 15-14 with a 4.21 ERA.

      The Yankees are expected to plug Eovaldi into their rotation.

      Eovaldi, 24, went 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 33 starts last season, when he set career highs in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts (142). The Marlins had acquired Eovaldi from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2012 deal that sent shortstop Hanley Ramirez to L.A.

      Jones, a 33-year-old journeyman utility player, has hit at least 15 home runs in each of the last six years. Last season, he hit .246 with 15 homers, 53 RBI, 59 runs and 33 doubles for Miami.

      The left-handed hitter, a career .253 hitter, also has played for Minnesota (2007) and Pittsburgh (2009-13).

      German, 22, was 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA at Class A Greensboro last season.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    Selig to earn $6M a year in retirement
    By The Sports Xchange

    Commissioner Bud Selig will receive a salary of about $6 million annually in retirement, ESPN.com reported Friday.

    • Selig, who officially retires on Jan. 25 when Rob Manfred takes over, started running Major League Baseball as chairman of the executive council in 1992 after helping force commissioner Fay Vincent's resignation. The 80-year-old Selig was elected commissioner in July 1998 .

      Manfred, who has worked for MLB since 1998, was chosen to replace Selig in August.

      Selig will be honored with an interactive exhibit at the Brewers' Miller Park in Milwaukee. The "Selig Experience" in the left-field corner of the loge level is to include include a 3-D multimedia presentation and a replica of his paper-cluttered County Stadium office.

      Selig led the group that bought the expansion Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court and moved the team to Milwaukee before the 1970 season. His family controlled the Brewers until selling the team to Mark Attanasio in 2005.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    Giants sign Peavy to two-year, $24M deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Right-handed free agent pitcher Jake Peavy agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, according to multiple reports Friday.

    • ESPN.com reported that the deal will pay Peavy base salaries of $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. It includes a $4 million signing bonus, a full no-trade clause and an awards package.

      The 33-year-old Peavy was 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA for the Giants after an in-season trade with the Boston Red Sox. He did not duplicate his regular-season success during the postseason, going 1-2, including 0-2 with a 12.79 ERA in the World Series. Before the trade, Peavy was 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts for the Red Sox.

      Peavy is 139-111 with a 3.53 ERA in parts of 13 seasons with San Diego, the Chicago White Sox, Boston and San Francisco. He won the National League Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    A's trade All-Star C Norris to Padres
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Diego Padres acquired All-Star catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

    • The A's received right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez from the Padres for Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot.

      Norris, 25, hit .270 with a .361 on-base percentage, a .403 slugging percentage, 10 home runs and 55 RBIs last season, his third in the majors.

      The A's had seven players selected to this year's All-Star Game, and Norris is the fifth of them traded since July. Third baseman Josh Donaldson, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, first baseman Brandon Moss and right-hander Jeff Samardzija also were dealt.

      The Padres, conversely, added outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays and signed free agent pitcher Brendon Morrow. A trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Matt Kemp also became official Thursday.

      Hahn, 25, went 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA and 70/32 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 73 1/3 innings over 12 starts and two relief appearances last season. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010.

      Alvarez, 23, compiled a 2.41 ERA over three pro seasons. He made just 10 major league appearances in 2014, finishing with no decisions and a 1.13 ERA in eight innings.

      Streich, 23, has a 3.37 ERA over 47 starts and 13 relief appearances over three years in the minors. Last season, he went 9-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 22 starts for high Class A Stockton.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014
    Padres complete deal to acquire Kemp
    By The Sports Xchange

    Outfielder Matt Kemp is finally a San Diego Padre.

    • A five-player trade was first reported a week earlier, and the Padres completed the deal to acquire Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers late Thursday night.

      Earlier Thursday, reports surfaced that the trade was not completed because the Padres' physical exam found Kemp has arthritis in both hips. Multiple media outlets reported that San Diego asked the Dodgers for additional compensation due to the risk of Kemp missing future action due to the pre-existing condition, but ultimately the deal got the green light in its initial form.

      The Dodgers shipped Kemp to the Padres along with approximately $32 million of his remaining $107 million salary in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, right-hander Joe Wieland and minor league right-hander Zach Eflin. San Diego also received catcher Tim Federowicz in the deal.

      Kemp, 30, hit .287 with 25 home runs last season in a crowded outfield that included Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford. He was second in the MVP balloting to Ryan Braun of the Brewers in 2011 with 39 home runs, 40 steals and 126 RBIs.

      While the Kemp deal was on hold, the Padres pulled the trigger Wednesday on a separate three-team trade to bring in Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers.

      San Diego also agreed to a trade Thursday that will bring in All-Star catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland A's, and the Padres reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with free agent right-hander Josh Johnson.

      New Dodgers team president Andrew Friedman was busy in his first winter meetings, and the Kemp deal was his 10th trade in two months on the job. Since then, the team designated reliever Brian Wilson for assignment, which will cost the Dodgers $9.5 million in 2015.

      Eflin is due to be part of a trade package headed from the Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    City Council votes down Rays' site proposal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Tampa Bay Rays' bid to build a new stadium at a different site received a blow on Thursday when the St. Petersburg City Council voted down a proposal that would allow it, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

    • Last week, it was reported the Rays and the city of St. Petersburg had reached an agreement to allow the team to look for a new stadium site in Hillsborough County.

      Approval from the city council was still required, and that approval was not granted.

      Rays owner Stu Sternberg has said he might sell the team if he cannot reach a deal for a new stadium.

      The Rays lease at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg expires in 2027.

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Reports: Padres close to signing Johnson
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Diego Padres are on the verge of reaching agreement on a one-year deal with pitcher Josh Johnson, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

    • The specific of the contract are still being worked out, but that is not expected to prevent Johnson from signing.

      Johnson signed with the Padres during the offseason last year, but did not pitch after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.

      The Padres then declined an option on Johnson following the 2014 season, but hinted they would be interested in signing him for less money.

      Johnson, 30, was 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 games, all starts, for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    MLB roundup: Kemp deal up in the air
    By The Sports Xchange

    Outfielder Matt Kemp could be headed back to the logjam in Los Angeles after his physical with the San Diego Padres revealed arthritis in both hips.

    • According to multiple reports, Kemp's Tuesday physical created pause from the Padres, who pulled the trigger Wednesday on a seperate trade to bring Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers to San Diego.

      ---Pitcher Kris Medlen reached agreement on Thursday with the Kansas City Royals on a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017.

      According to Fox Sports, the deal includes an $8.5 million guarantee and a $1 million buyout of a $10 million option. Medlen sat out the 2014 season while recovering from his second Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. He was non-tendered earlier this month by the Braves, who avoided paying him $6 million that he was expected to receive in 2015 through arbitration.

      The 29-year-old posted a 34-20 record with a 2.96 ERA in five seasons with the Braves.

      ---The Oakland Athletics obtained left-hander Eury De La Rosa on Thursday from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal for cash.

      To make room for De La Rosa on the 40-man roster, the A's designated right-hander Fernando Rodriguez for assignment and released right-hander Jorge De Leon.

      The 24-year-old De La Rosa pitched in 25 games for the Diamondbacks last season and posted a 2-0 record with a 2.95 ERA in 36 relief outings spanning 36 2/3 innings. He started the season with Triple-A Reno and had a 2.52 ERA in 36 games.

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    A's acquire LHP De La Rosa
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Oakland Athletics obtained left-hander Eury De La Rosa on Thursday from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal for cash.

    • To make room for De La Rosa on the 40-man roster, the A's designated right-hander Fernando Rodriguez for assignment and released right-hander Jorge De Leon.

      The 24-year-old De La Rosa pitched in 25 games for the Diamondbacks last season and posted a 2-0 record with a 2.95 ERA in 36 relief outings spanning 36 2/3 innings. He started the season with Triple-A Reno and had a 2.52 ERA in 36 games.

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Royals agree to contract with Medlen
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pitcher Kris Medlen reached agreement on Thursday with the Kansas City Royals on a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017.

    • According to Fox Sports, the deal includes an $8.5 million guarantee and a $1 million buyout of a $10 million option.

      Medlen sat out the 2014 season while recovering from his second Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. Hewas non-tendered earlier this month by the Braves, who avoided paying him $6 million that he was expected to receive in 2015 through arbitration.

      The 29-year-old posted a 34-20 record with a 2.96 ERA in five seasons with the Braves.

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Mariners acquire OF Ruggiano from Cubs
    By The Sports Xchange

    Adding outfield depth, the Seattle Mariners acquired veteran Justin Ruggiano on Wednesday in a trade that sent right-handed reliever Matt Brazis to the Chicago Cubs.

    • Ruggiano, 32, hit .281 with a .337 on-base percentage, a .429 slugging percentage, six homers and 28 RBIs in 81 games during his lone season in Chicago. He is arbitration-eligible this winter.

      "I think he's a nice fit," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We were in pursuit of an outfielder that can play all three outfield spots. And he can do that.

      "We view this guy as a guy that can certainly hit left-handed pitching. He's done that in his career. He's a tough kid. He's a gamer and wants to win. I think this an addition that we talked about for a while. We finally pulled the trigger."

      Ruggiano said, "I'm definitely excited to be involved in this trade. Seattle's lineup stacks up very well, and they have really good pitching. In a way, it was a surprise, but I'm never really shocked by anything anymore."

      Over six seasons for the Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins and Cubs, Ruggiano has a career .257/.319/.431 hitting line with 43 homers and 137 RBIs in 398 games.

      Brazis, 25, went a combined 4-1 with six saves and a 2.36 ERA in 40 relief appearances between high Class A and Double-A last season.

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    Reports: Royals agree to deal with Volquez
    By The Sports Xchange

    Securing a rotation replacement in anticipation of right-hander James Shields' likely exit, the Kansas City Royals reportedly agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez on Wednesday.

    • According to multiple media outlets, Volquez will receive a two-year, $20 million deal if he passes a physical exam.

      Shields is one of the top remaining free agents on the market. He served as the ace of the Royals' pitching staff the past two seasons, helping Kansas City reach the World Series this year.

      Volquez, 31, posted the lowest ERA of his career last season, 3.04, while finishing 13-7 in 32 games (31 starts) for the Pirates. He signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Pittsburgh last winter after splitting the 2013 season between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      Volquez made his lone All-Star appearance in 2008 for the Cincinnati Reds, finishing 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 33 games (32 starts) during his first full major league season. He ranked second in the National League with 206 strikeouts, a total that remains his career high.

      Over 10 years in the majors with the Texas Rangers, Reds, Padres, Dodgers and Pirates, Volquez has a 66-59 record and a 4.44 ERA in 191 games (185 starts).

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    Reports: Padres land OF Myers in three-team deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Diego Padres continue to restock their outfield, agreeing on a three-team, 11-player trade that will bring in Wil Myers, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

    • Myers, 24, was the American League Rookie of the Year for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, but his production declined sharply in 2014.

      He heads from Tampa Bay to San Diego along with catcher Ryan Hanigan and two minor league pitchers, left-hander Jose Castillo and right-hander Gerardo Reyes.

      The Rays receive catcher Rene Rivera, right-hander Burch Smith and minor league lefty Jake Bauers from the Padres.

      The third team in the trade, the Washington Nationals, will get two minor league prospects from San Diego, shortstop Trea Turner and right-hander Joe Ross. Turner will be a "player to be named," as he can't be officially traded until June 14, one year after the Padres made him a first-round pick out of North Carolina State.

      Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and minor league left-hander Travis Ott will move from Washington to Tampa Bay.

      If all players in the deal pass physicals and the trade is completed, Myers figures to join Matt Kemp in the revised San Diego outfield. Kemp was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week that also remains to be finalized.

      Myers was one of the top prospects in baseball when he was acquired by the Rays from the Royals in the December 2012 deal that sent right-hander James Shields to Kansas City. He hit .293 with a .354 on-base percentage, a .478 slugging percentage, 13 homers and 53 RBIs in 88 games in 2013. Last season, he batted .222/.294/.320 with six homers and 35 RBIs in 87 games

      Myers was held back this years by wrist injuries, a right wrist fracture that sidelined him for nearly half the season and a nagging left wrist injury that may have led to some of his early offensive struggles.

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    MLB roundup: Orioles' Davis gets Adderall approval
    By The Sports Xchange

    Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has received approval from Major League Baseball to use Adderall for the 2015 season.

    • Davis, 28, was suspended 25 games in September for testing positive for amphetamines. He missed the final 17 games of the 2014 regular season and then sat out all seven of the Orioles' playoff games due to the suspension. He has one more game left to serve and will miss Opening Day.

      Davis was traded from the Texas Rangers to the Orioles in 2011. He led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs in 2013, but struggled in 2014. He hit .196 with 26 homers, 72 RBIs and 173 strikeouts in 127 games last season.

      ---The San Francisco Giants reached agreement with reliever Sergio Romo on a two-year, $15 million contract, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

      The Giants decided to bring Romo back after he lost the closer's job last season and became a setup man.

      The right-hander, who has been with the Giants during their three World Series championship seasons since 2010, finished 2014 by giving up just two runs and three walks while striking out 23 in his last19 1/3 innings covering 23 outings. In 64 games last season, he finished with a 6-4 record and 23 saves with 3.72 ERA. The 31-year-old has 78 career saves and a 2.51 ERA.

      ---Recently signed Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery on a herniated disk in his neck but should ready to join the team for spring training in late February.

      Recovery time from the surgery, which was performed Wednesday in Atlanta by Dr. Steven Wray, is projected to be eight weeks.

      The Braves signed the 31-year-old Markakis to a four-year, $4 million contract knowing that he had the injury since before the 2013 season when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. He played through the neck injury last season, appearing in 155 games and batting ,276 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs.

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    Markakis expected at spring training after neck surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Recently signed Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery on a herniated disk in his neck but should ready to join the team for spring training in late February.

    • Recovery time from the surgery, which was performed Wednesday in Atlanta by Dr. Steven Wray, is projected to be eight weeks.

      The Braves signed the 31-year-old Markakis to a four-year, $4 million contract knowing that he had the injury since before the 2013 season when he was with the Baltimore Orioles.

      Markakis played through the neck injury last season, appearing in 155 games and batting ,276 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs.

      In nine years with the Orioles, Markis compiled a .290 career batting average with 141 home runs and 658 RBIs, including two 100-RBI seasons.

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    Report: Giants re-sign Romo
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Francisco Giants reached agreement with reliever Sergio Romo on a two-year, $15 million contract, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

    • The Giants decided to bring Romo back after he lost the closer's job last season and became a setup man.

      The right-hander, who has been with the Giants during their three World Series championship seasons since 2010, finished 2014 by giving up just two runs and three walks while striking out 23 in his last19 1/3 innings covering 23 outings.

      In 64 games last season, he finished with a 6-4 record and 23 saves with 3.72 ERA. The 31-year-old has 78 career saves and a 2.51 ERA.

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    Orioles' Davis gets Adderall exemption for 2015
    By The Sports Xchange

    Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has received approval from Major League Baseball to use Adderall for the 2015 season.

    • Davis, 28, was suspended 25 games in September for testing positive for amphetamines. He missed the final 17 games of the 2014 regular season and then sat out all seven of the Orioles' playoff games due to the suspension. He has one more game left to serve and will miss Opening Day.

      Manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that he was told by the first baseman of the exemption.

      "It's a good thing," Showalter said in reference to Davis gaining therapeutic use exemption for Adderall, which is commonly used to combat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. "Yeah, he told me he was approved for it."

      Showalter didn't specifically refer to the drug, but during an interview on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore earlier in the day, he said Davis was approved for "what he got suspended for."

      According to the Baltimore Sun, 112 exemptions were issued by MLB for ADHD in 2014, with an industry source telling the newspaper that 11 were new applications and 101 were renewals.

      Davis was traded from the Texas Rangers to the Orioles in 2011. He led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs in 2013, but struggled in 2014. He hit .196 with 26 homers, 72 RBIs and 173 strikeouts in 127 games last season.

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    Angels deal RHP Jepsen to Rays for OF Joyce
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Angels traded right-handed relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Matt Joyce.

    • Both players are eligible for arbitration this winter.

      Joyce, 30, batted .254 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs in 140 games last season for the Rays. His .365 on-base percentage against right-handers ranked eighth in the American League.

      In six years with the Rays, Joyce batted .250 with 76 home runs and 280 RBIs. He also played for the Detroit Tigers and has 88 career homers and 313 RBIs.

      "Matt was an important part of this team for the last six seasons," Rays vice president of baseball operations Erik Neander said. "We appreciate his many contributions to the Rays on the field, and the professionalism he brought to the ballpark. We're excited about the experience Kevin brings to the bullpen, and his ability to pitch in key moments of the game."

      Jepsen, 30, had a 0-2 record with a career-best 2.63 ERA in 65 innings and a career-best 74 games for the Angels during the regular season in 2014.

      In seven major league seasons with the Angels, Jepsen has a 13-18 record and five saves with a 3.94 ERA and 271 strikeouts.

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
    MLB roundup: Cabrera signs three-year deal with White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange

    Outfielder Melky Cabrera signed a three-year, $42 million contract with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

    • Cabrera will receive $13 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in 2017.

      The 30-year-old had a .301 batting average with 35 doubles, 16 home runs, 73 RBIs, 81 runs scored, 54 extra-base hits and a .351 on-base percentage last season with the Toronto Blue Jays. He served a 50-game suspension with the San Francisco Giants when in Aug. 2012 he tested positive for testosterone, a banned substance.

      ---Slugger Michael Morse signed a two-year deal with the Miami Marlins worth $8 million including incentives.

      Morse, who is from Broward County, is projected as a first baseman with the Marlins. He spent last season with the San Francisco Giants and batted .300 in the postseason, mostly as a pinch-hitter. Morse hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 131 games.

      ---Left-hander Chris Capuano re-signed with the New York Yankees for one year, the team announced Tuesday.

      The 36-year-old will receive a one-year, $5 million contract, according to a CBSSports.com report.

      After beginning the 2014 season with the Boston Red Sox, Capuano was released on July 1 and picked up by Colorado but never pitched in the majors for the Rockies before the Yankees purchased his contract on July 24. In 12 starts for the Yankees last year, Capuano posted a 2-3 record with a 4.25 ERA. In 28 relief appearances with the Red Sox last season, Capuano had a 4.55 ERA.

      ---The Colorado Rockies reached agreement Tuesday with infielder Daniel Descalso on a two-year, $3.6 million contract.

      Descalso was non-tendered by the Cardinals two weeks ago after four-plus seasons with St. Louis in full- and part-time roles.

      The 28-year-old Descalso batted .244 with no home runs and 10 RBIs in 104 games last season for the Cardinals. He has a career batting average of .243 with 10 homers and 111 RBIs in 529 games.

      ---The Los Angeles Angels traded right-handed relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Kevin Joyce.

      The 30-year-old Joyce batted .254 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs in 140 games lat season for the Rays. His .365 on-base percentage against right-handers ranked eighth in the American League. In six years with the Rays, Joyce batted .250 with 76 home runs and 280 RBIs.

      The 30-year-old Jepsen had a 0-2 record with a career-best 2.63 ERA in 65 innings and a career-best 74 games for the Angels during the regular season in 2014. In seven major league seasons with the Angels, Jepsen has a 13-18 record and five saves with a 3.94 ERA and 271 strikeouts.

      ---With third baseman Chase Headley signing a four-year contract with the New York Yankees on Monday, it appears that Alex Rodriguez will be relegated to designated hitter duties when he returns next spring.

      The 39-year-old sat out last season because of a suspension in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal and has struggled with injuries before that. Rodriguez, who is due $61 million in the next three seasons, will have a shot at the DH role and also to compete with Martin Prado to be the backup at third behind Headley.

      "So given all that circumstance, we look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us, and if he shows he has retained athleticism, then he can play third as a choice when Joe (Girardi) decides to give Headley a rest," Yankee general manager Brian Cashman said.

      ---The Los Angeles Dodgers designated reliever Brian Wilson for assignment on Tuesday after he struggled last season.

      Wilson is due $9.5 million in 2015 signing a two-year, $20 million contract after the 2013 season. The 32-year-old right-hander is likely to clear waivers and then be released.

      Last year, Wilson posted a 2-4 record with one save and a 4.66 ERA in 48 1/3 innings with 29 walks and 54 strikeouts. He has battled arm problems the past few years after being a dominant closer for the San Francisco Giants from 2008 to 2011 with seasons of 41, 38, 48 and 36 saves. He has a career 24-25 record with 172 saves and a 3.32 ERA.

      ---The Cleveland Indians signed injury-plagued pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

      The 31-year-old right-hander is trying to come back from elbow problems that have sidetracked his career. In June, Floyd suffered a broken bone while throwing a curveball for the Atlanta Braves that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He was starting his ninth game after recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament surgery that limited him to five starts in 2013 with the White Sox.

      Floyd has a 72-72 career record with a 4.40 ERA in 196 starts and 12 relief appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Braves.

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
    Indians take chance on RHP Floyd
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Indians signed injury-plagued pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

    • The 31-year-old right-hander is trying to come back from elbow problems that have sidetracked his career.

      In June, Floyd suffered a broken bone while throwing a curveball for the Atlanta Braves that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He was starting his ninth game after recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament surgery that limited him to five starts in 2013 with the White Sox.

      Floyd has a 72-72 career record with a 4.40 ERA in 196 starts and 12 relief appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Braves.