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Report: Hamels has four primary suitors

Cole Hamels has been on the trading block for months as the Phillies undergo a rebuilding process. So far, that hasn’t resulted in a deal for the ace.

With Spring Training five weeks away for the Phillies, Comcast Sportsnet reports there are four “primary suitors” for Hamels: the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. The Phillies are reportedly looking for two top prospects in exchange for Hamels.

The Phillies would prefer to add a premier catching prospect, according to the report, and have interest in Boston’s Blake Swihart, San Diego’s Austin Hedges and Texas’ Jorge Alfaro.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has repeatedly said the Phillies would only deal Hamels for the right price, one that remains high. It’s possible the club keeps Hamels going into the season and continues to explore trades throughout the year.

“Again, he sits right in the sweet spot,” Amaro said last month. “We can keep him and it would be great for us, and if we feel he can move us forward by moving him, that’s something we can explore as well. As I said, we don’t have any rush to move him or mandate to move him.”

– Austin Laymance

Gee trade could be on the horizon

The Mets expect to trade right-hander Dillon Gee within the next “7-10 days,” according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, though free agent James Shields’ final decision could impact that timetable.

The Mets have been actively shopping Gee for much of the offseason, with the Rockies, Padres and Giants believed to be the current frontrunners. That said, the Giants have also been linked to Shields, meaning they may want to let that situation play out before making a substantial offer to the Mets.

Gee has been one of the more popular starting pitchers mentioned in trade talks this offseason, along with the Phillies’ Cole Hamels. Gee and Hamels have often been mentioned as potential fallback options for pitching-needy teams that ultimately miss out on Shields, especially with Jon Lester having already signed with the Cubs last month.

– Paul Casella

Orioles interested in Padres outfielders Venable, Smith

The Orioles’ search for an outfielder could take them to the Padres, who have a surplus at the position after a series of recent moves to acquire Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers. San Diego also has outfielders Seth Smith, Will Venable and Carlos Quentin currently on its roster.

It’s no secret that the Padres will try to move at least one of the aforementioned players this offseason and Baltimore reportedly has interest in both Smith and Venable, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

The Orioles obviously have a need for another outfielder after Nick Markakis departed for Atlanta and Nelson Cruz signed with the Mariners earlier this offseason. Though the club reportedly re-signed Delmon Young on Wednesday, he figures to again split time between the DH spot and left field.

As for the Padres duo garnering interest from the O’s, Smith is under contract through 2016 with a club option for ’17, while Venable is eligible to hit free agency following next season. Both players are left-handed hitters, meaning either one could provide balance playing alongside right-handed slugger Adam Jones.

– Paul Casella

Moncada could start workouts within two weeks

Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada is still awaiting clearance from the Office of Foreign Asset and Control (OFAC), but is widely expected to begin private workouts within the next two weeks according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

The 19-year-old is one of the game’s top international prospects right now and is expected to garner significant interest once he’s officially available. Though his market will continue to develop as teams make more offseason moves, the clubs that were represented at Moncada’s “batting showcase” earlier this year were the Braves, Red Sox, Yankees, Giants, Rays, Padres and Cubs.

Given his age, position and switch-hitting ability, Moncada doesn’t figure to be short on offers as the process continues. There are no clear frontrunners at this point, but it’s certainly a situation worth monitoring in the coming weeks.

– Paul Casella

Report: Padres to sign Josh Johnson

The Padres are taking another chance on oft-injured right-hander Josh Johnson.

San Diego and Johnson agreed to a one-year, $1-million contract Monday, according to Yahoo. Bonuses can take the deal to $7.25 million.

Johnson will earn $500,000 for his fifth start, $1 million for his 10th, $500,000 for his 15th, $1 million for his 20th and $250,000 for every start from Nos. 21-33, according to the report.

Johnson signed a one-year, $8-million deal with the Padres last offseason, but missed all year after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time in April. San Diego declined a $4-million club option for 2014 earlier this year.

The 30-year-old Johnson is one of the game’s most dominant starters when healthy. He earned All-Star nods in 2009 and 2010 and posted a 2.30 ERA over 28 starts in 2010. He was 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA in 31 starts in 2012, but made only 16 starts in 2013 for the Blue Jays because of injuries.

He is 58-45 with a 3.40 ERA in 170 games (160 starts) in nine years with the Marlins and Blue Jays.

–Cash Kruth

Potential Rays, Padres deal reportedly waiting on Nationals

The potential trade between the Rays and Padres involving Wil Myers seems to be down to two potential scenarios, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

There is apparently one scenario that involves the Nationals joining the mix and one scenario that would be a straight-up deal between the Rays and Padres. Either way, Tampa Bay would be sending Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan and two lower-lever Minor Leaguers to San Diego in exchange for catcher Rene Rivera, right-hander Burch Smith and first baseman Jake Bauers. Bauers is the Padres’ No. 14-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, while Smith checks in at No. 16.

The alternate scenario apparently involves shortstop Trea Turner (San Diego’s No. 5 prospect) and right-hander Joe Ross (No. 8 prospect). If the Nats decide to join the trade, Topkin reports that those two players would be flipped to Washington in exchange for outfield prospect Steven Souza and a low-level Minor League left-hander. Conversely, Turner and Ross would apparently stay in Tampa Bay if the Nationals elect to stay out of the deal.

Turner would need to be listed as a player to be named later in any potential trade, due to the fact that he was just drafted this past year. The Padres selected Turner with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

There clearly remains a number of moving parts in this potential deal, but there should be some clarity provided as soon as the Nationals make a decision, presumably either Wednesday night or Thursday.

– Paul Casella

Rays reportedly working on multiple deals

The main rumor surrounding the Rays right now is obviously the potential trade that would send Wil Myers to the Padres — but that’s not all Tampa Bay has in the works.

Multiple reports on Wednesday have suggested that the Rays could flip at least one player they receive from San Diego to another team in a separate deal. The most popular rumor right now seems to be that the Rays, if they indeed trade Myers, are trying to work out a deal to acquire the Nationals’ Steven Souza as his replacement. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Joel Sherman of the New York Post, among numerous others, have each suggested this as a possibility.

Despite being ranked as the Nationals’ No. 5 overall prospect — and seemingly being Major League ready — Souza doesn’t have much of a place in Washington as long as the Nationals remain healthy. The trio of Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth are locked in as the Nats’ starting outfielders.

That makes the 25-year-old Souza somewhat expendable, for the right price. He spent the majority of last season with Triple-A Syracuse, where he hit a staggering .350/.432/.590 to go along with 18 home runs, 75 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.

Any potential deal between the Rays and Nats obviously hinges on the Rays first completing their rumored deal with the Padres to clear a spot for Souza. If they do ultimately work out their first deal, they can focus their sights entirely on negotiating a deal for Souza, though it’s unclear at this point what they would possibly send to the Nats in return.

– Paul Casella

Potential Myers deal getting close?

A potential blockbuster deal between the Padres and Rays involving 24-year-old outfielder Wil Myers could be “nearing the finish line,” according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Rumors broke late Tuesday night that the two sides were discussing a possible trade that would send Myers to San Diego, though the potential return package remains unclear. Though little is known at this point about what the Padres might be offering in return, it’s a safe bet that it would involve either top pitching prospect, Matthew Wisler, or right-hander Joe Ross, the club’s No. 8-ranked overall prospect according to MLB.com.

While some reports have suggested a third team could enter the mix to make the deal happen, Crasnick adds that he believes it would be a straight-up deal between the Padres and Rays, with Tampa Bay possibly then flipping one of the players it receives from San Diego in a separate deal.

Despite coming off a disappointing, injury-hampered 2014 campaign, Myers is still just 24 years old and remains under team control through the 2019 season. He’s also only one season removed from posting a .293/.354/.478 batting line en route to being named the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year.

Even after acquiring Matt Kemp from the Dodgers last week, the Padres have continued to explore other options for upgrading what was the league’s worst offense this past season. Pairing Myers alongside Kemp would seem to be a substantial upgrade for the Padres, though it will certainly take a significant haul to make this deal happen.

– Paul Casella

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

Morrow to Padres

The Padres remained active on the Hot Stove Tuesday, signing right-hander Brandon Morrow to a one-year deal, a baseball source told MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

The Padres have not confirmed the deal. Morrow became a free agent when the Blue Jays declined his $10 million option for 2015. His deal with San Diego includes $2.5 million in guaranteed money, with a chance to earn $5 million in bonuses for starting and $1 million for relieving.

Morrow’s addition could help the Padres land another bat. He adds depth to the rotation, which would help facilitate a trade for offense, as the club would likely need to move a starting pitcher.

The Padres have a number of starters: Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, Odrisamer Despaigne, Jesse Hahn and Robbie Erlin. Prospect Matt Wisler also has a chance to crack the rotation in 2015.

Over eight seasons in the Majors with Seattle and Toronto, Morrow is 42-43 with a 4.28 ERA. But he has a history of health issues and has been on the disabled list at least once in each of the last four years. He’s also been limited to a combined 87 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to injuries.

Last week, the Padres made a blockbuster trade to land Matt Kemp from the Dodgers. It appears they might not be done dealing this offseason.

–Austin Laymance

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