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Phillies considering Asdrubal Cabrera?

The Phillies could use another option at shortstop now that Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers.

Asdrubal Cabrera appears to be a possibility for the Phillies, who would need to clear some payroll to sign the free agent, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Cabrera, 29, can play both shortstop and second base. He split last season between the Indians and Nationals, hitting a combined .307 with 14 home runs, 31 doubles and four triples. He was an All-Star in 2011-12 with Cleveland.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday that Freddy Galvis will have the first opportunity to replace Rollins in 2015. However, Amaro did not rule out the possibility of adding another option to the mix at short.

A number of teams have shown interest in Cabrera this offseason, including the A’s, Cardinals, Giants, Mets and Twins, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. It appears the Phillies are now in that group of potential suitors, too.

–Austin Laymance

Royals sign Kris Medlen

The Royals and right-hander Kris Medlen agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2017.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Medlen, 29, spent 2014 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery after suffering an elbow injury in Spring Training with the Braves.

Medlen’s lone season as a starter came in 2013, when he blossomed into the one of the game’s best. He was 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA and finished the season going 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA and .197 average against in his final five starts.

He is 34-20 with a 2.95 ERA in 152 career (61 starts).

–Cash Kruth

Red Sox discussing Allen Craig trade?

Allen Craig could be on the move again.

The Red Sox are reportedly in active trade talks with at least one team regarding Craig, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, who adds the first baseman/outfielder is recovered from a left foot injury that he aggravated this season.

Craig, 30, was part of the deal that sent John Lackey to the Cardinals at the Trade Deadline in July. He struggled for much of the 2014 season, posting a .215/.279/.315 slash line over 126 games between the Cardinals and Red Sox.

The Red Sox have already dealt one outfielder this month, Yoenis Cespedes, and still have a crowded outfield that includes: Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Jackie Bradley Jr., Daniel Nava and Rusney Castillo.

–Austin Laymance

A’s acquire De La Rosa from D-backs

Oakland has acquired left-hander Eury De La Rosa from Arizona in exchange for cash considerations, the A’s announced Thursday.

De La Rosa, 24, finished the season with the D-backs after beginning the year with Triple-A Reno. In 25 games with Arizona, he went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA. Over parts two seasons with the D-backs since his big league debut in 2013, De La Rosa has a 4.21 ERA in 44 appearances.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Oakland designated right-hander Fernando Rodriguez for assignment. The A’s also announced that right-hander Jorge De Leon has been released.

Rodriguez appeared in seven games over two stints with the A’s this year after missing the 2013 season following Tommy John surgery. He had a 1.00 ERA and .129 opponents batting average.

–Austin Laymance

What’s the delay in Kemp trade to Padres?

It’s been one week since the Padres and Dodgers agreed to a blockbuster trade that would send Matt Kemp to San Diego. The deal has yet to become official, though, which has led to speculation this week regarding the holdup.

The Dodgers are reportedly sending a good chunk of money to the Padres to cover part of the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract. Because of the money involved, the trade needs the approval of the Commissioner’s Office. Players involved also took physical exams earlier this week.

Kemp’s physical exam reportedly revealed arthritis in both hips, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Kemp has been limited by a number of injuries over the last three seasons, and ESPN’s Buster Olney speculated Thursday that the Padres might be using Kemp’s injury history – and potentially ugly physical – to get more money from the Dodgers, who have shown a willingness to eat contract money in a number of deals this offseason.

Kemp’s agent, Junior Spivey, told’s Ken Rosenthal that the trade should still go through and “we’re just waiting on the final details.” Kemp took his physical on Tuesday, according to Rosenthal, but has not heard from the Padres since then.

–Austin Laymance

Yankees holding off on Scherzer?

Max Scherzer is the top starting pitcher available in free agency. The Yankees could use an ace in their rotation. But that doesn’t mean the two sides are a great fit.

Scherzer, a Scott Boras client, is reportedly seeking a deal with at least $200 million guaranteed and close to Clayton Kershaw’s $215 million extension with the Dodgers, according to Newsday’s David Lennon.

The high asking price is sure to drive off many teams, though the Yankees are not typically in that category. However, Yankees general Brian Cashman said Monday that Scherzer’s number is on “a higher level than we’d like to play in right now.”

On Tuesday, Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York said he’s been told the Yanks are “absolutely not” pursuing Scherzer.

New York added to its pitching staff Tuesday, signing left-hander Chris Capuano to a one-year deal worth $5 million. The Bronx Bombers still need an elite pitcher such as Scherzer, but it appears as if they are holding off on that front for now.

It will be interesting to see if the Yankees change their tune moving forward.

–Austin Laymance

Indians sign Gavin Floyd

The Indians are betting on a bounce-back for former White Sox innings-eater Gavin Floyd.

Cleveland on Tuesday signed Floyd to a one-year contract for 2015, adding more potential depth to a starting rotation competition that was already at least seven pitchers deep. The 31-year-old Floyd posted double-digit victories while making 29-plus starts for the Sox from 2008-12 before running into injury troubles.

The Indians did not release financial details, but Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported that Floyd would receive a $4 million salary, with $6 million more available based on innings pitched.

In 2013, Floyd made only five starts before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. In 2014, he was 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA for the Atlanta Braves before suffering a fracture in the same elbow and missing the rest of the season.

Floyd was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft by the Phillies and was eventually traded to the White Sox prior to 2007. He’s pitched parts of seven seasons in the American League Central.

-Adam McCalvy

Giants a good fit for Shields?

The Giants did not win the bidding war for Jon Lester, but San Francisco is not giving up on its pursuit of a premier starting pitcher and has reportedly focused in on James Shields.

There haven’t been many rumors involving Shields of late, but a number of folks around baseball seem to believe the Giants are the best fit for the free-agent right-hander, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported Sunday that San Francisco is “now going hard” for Shields after losing out on Lester and third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Shields and Max Scherzer are the top starting pitchers available in free agency. Scherzer is reportedly looking for a guaranteed $200 million, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. The price for Shields should be considerably less, and the Giants have money to spend after offering Lester $150 million over six years.

While the Giants appear to have interest in Shields, the club could fill out its rotation by bringing back either Jake Peavy or Ryan Vogelsong, writes’s Chris Haft.

–Austin Laymance

Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment

The Dodgers shook up their bullpen on Tuesday and designated right-hander Brian Wilson for assignment, reports’s Ken Gurnick.

Wilson, 32, had a disappointing season in 2014 after an impressive return from Tommy John surgery in ’13. He had a guaranteed contract for next year worth $9.5 million. The Dodgers have 10 days to either waive, trade or release Wilson.

As the Dodgers’ set-up man this year, Wilson was 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA over 61 appearances and seemed to lack life on his fastball. He was much more effective in 2013 after joining the Dodgers in August, going 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 18 appearances. A three-time All-Star as a closer with San Francisco, Wilson helped the Giants win the World Series in 2010.

Wilson’s departure is the latest in a roster overhaul for the Dodgers under new management.

Last week at the Winter Meetings, new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman traded away outfielder Matt Kemp, second baseman Dee Gordon, starter Dan Haren, shorstop Miguel Rojas, catcher Tim Federowicz and pitching prospect Tom Windle. The return netted second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Angels and reliever Chris Hatcher from the Marlins. The Dodgers also acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies and signed free-agent starter Brandon McCarthy.

–Austin Laymance

Rangers sign Fujikawa

The Rangers have signed free-agent right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016, the club announced on Tuesday.

Texas also signed first baseman Kyle Blanks and infielder Tommy Field to Minor League deals with invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Fujikawa, 34, made his big league debut with the Cubs in 2013. Over two seasons in Chicago, he was limited to 27 total appearances due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June 2013. He’s been effective when healthy, though, striking out 31 in 25 career innings.

Blanks, 28, split time with the Padres and A’s last season. He hit a combined .309 with two home runs in 26 games. In 260 career games in the big leauges, Blanks has a .234 average with 30 homers.

Field was in Triple-A in 2014 with both the Angels and Pirates organizations. The 27-year-old appeared in 33 games with the Rockies and Angels from 2011-12.

–Austin Laymance


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