Results tagged ‘ Athletics ’

Moncada working out for Padres, mixed reports on interest

Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is reportedly working out for the Padres on Monday, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

While Passan adds that San Diego “plans to be aggressive” in pursuing Moncada, a source tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that the Padres might be done with their offseason spending spree after signing James Shields to a four-year, $75 million deal on Monday.

As for Moncada, the five-tool infielder is also believed to be receiving serious interest from at least 10 other teams — a list that includes the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, A’s, Giants, Rangers, Cubs, Tigers, Phillies, and Cardinals. The Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers have all been mentioned as potential frontrunners to land Moncada at various times this offseason.

Though naturally a shortstop, the 19-year-old phenom can also play second or third base. Along with bolstering the rotation by signing Shields on Monday, the Padres have already added Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton to their outfield corps this offseason.

While Moncada would just be the latest blockbuster move for the Padres this offseason, it’s unclear at this point whether or not the club is willing to spend big on yet another player after signing Shields.

– Paul Casella

Joe Blanton coming out of retirement?

Veteran starting pitcher Joe Blanton is on the comeback trail. The right-hander will hold an open workout and bullpen session for interested clubs on Feb. 4, tweets Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.

Blanton, 34, retired from baseball in April and did not pitch in the big leagues last season. He last pitched in the Majors in 2013 with the Angels, going 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA over 28 appearances, including 20 starts.

Over a 10-year career with the Phillies, A’s, Dodgers and Angels, Blanton is 85-89 with a 4.51 ERA. He’s pitched at least 191 innings in six different seasons.

At this point, Blanton’s best bet to get back to the Majors would seem to be as a fifth starter on a Minor League deal. If he can go to Spring Training with a club, he could have a shot.

–Austin Laymance

Geovany Soto to White Sox

The White Sox have signed catcher Geovany Soto to a Minor League deal, tweets Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago. It’s not clear if Soto has an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Soto, 32, appeared in 24 games last season, split between the Rangers and A’s. He was an All-Star in 2008 with the Cubs and has played parts of 10 seasons in the Majors.

The White Sox have four catchers on their 40-man roster: Tyler Flowers, Adrian Nieto, Rob Brantly and Kevan Smith.

–Austin Laymance

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

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

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

Royals nearing deal with Morales

The Royals appear to have found their replacement for Billy Butler.

Kansas City is closing in on a two-year contract worth $17 million with free-agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales, according to multiple reports. The deal was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The Royals have been looking for a designated hitter since Butler signed a three-year, $30 million deal with Oakland in November.

Morales is coming off a bit of a down year in 2014, during which he combined to hit .218 with eight home runs and 20 doubles over 98 games between the Twins and Mariners. He missed all of Spring Training after turning down a qualifying offer from Seattle and eventually signed with Minnesota in June, then was dealt to the Mariners in July. In 2013, his last full season, Morales hit .277 with 23 homers, 34 doubles and 80 RBIs.

–Austin Laymance

Drew garnering broad interest

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing varying amounts of interest from at least 10 teams, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The list of teams that have tossed around the idea of signing Drew reportedly includes the Yankees, Mets, Astros, A’s, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals and Marlins. The lack of shortstop depth on the free agent market this offseason has certainly played a part in the vast amount of interested teams.

Despite his struggles this past season, Drew is garnering significantly more interest this offseason than he did a year ago due to the fact that he is not tied to a compensatory draft pick this time around. He went unsigned last winter after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Red Sox before ultimately returning to Boston in late May.

– Paul Casella

Athletics not looking to move Kazmir

Despite the ongoing firesale in Oakland this offseason, Joel Sherman of the New York post reports that the A’s are not only planning to keep left-hander Scott Kazmir, but that the club is now looking to start adding some pieces.

It’s anyone’s guess what the A’s next move might be, but general manager Billy Beane is apparently trying to piece together a roster that is built for future success, while still being competitive in 2015. The latter explains the potential reason for holding onto Kazmir, who is owed $13 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent at season’s end.

The 30-year-old lefty continued his impressive comeback this year, going 15-9 with a 3.55 ERA over 32 starts. Kazmir is now 25-18 with a 3.77 ERA in 61 starts over the past two seasons after making just one big league start in 2011-12 combined due to ongoing struggles.

– Paul Casella

Indians, A’s still on the verge of Moss deal

The Indians and A’s are reportedly “inching close” to completing a deal that would send Brandon Moss to Cleveland, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The deal was rumored to be in the works since last week and Sherman now expects it to get done at this week’s Winter Meetings. Oakland would likely want a young middle infielder in return, with Indians prospect Joe Wendle being a potential target.

The Indians are known to be in the market for a power bat this offseason and Moss, who has 76 home runs over the last three seasons, would certainly seem to be a fit. Though Moss hit just .234 this past season, he still chipped in 25 home runs and 81 RBIs, all while battling a right hip injury that he had surgically repaired in October.

Acquiring Moss would also likely ramp up the Indians’ efforts to move Nick Swisher. The Indians were reportedly gauging the market earlier this offseason for Swisher, who is coming off surgery on both knees and is owed $30 million through 2016.

Moss primarily split his time last season between first base and the two corner outfield positions. The Indians, meanwhile, currently have Carlos Santana penciled in at first base (and part-time designated hitter), while Swisher, Ryan Raburn and David Murphy are all potential options for the corner outfield spots.

In other words, if a deal for Moss indeed comes to fruition, the Indians will likely look to make another move involving an outfielder afterwards.

– Paul Casella

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