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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

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’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

Astros could enter mix for Hamels

The Astros are reportedly being considered a “sleeper team” in trade talks regarding the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and Giants have all been linked to Hamels this offseason, though Cafardo believes the Astros could swoop in and make a push to work out a deal with the Phils. That said, Hamels does have a no-trade list and it’s unclear at this point whether or not the Astros are on it.

Either way, there is speculation that Hamels might be willing to waive his no-trade clause for any of the aforementioned teams, if said team agrees to pick up his $20 million club option for 2019. He’s currently owed $90 million over the next four seasons before that option year comes into play.

The Giants’ interest likely depends on whether or not they’re able to sign James Shields, while the Cubs could fall out of the race as well after signing top free agent starter Jon Lester last week. The Red Sox and Dodgers are widely believed to still be the frontrunners for Hamels, but it appears they may have more competition than initially expected.

– Paul Casella

Report: Padres make offer to Morrow

Free-agent right-hander Brandon Morrow has received offers to be both a starter and a reliever, though he prefers to the first option, according to’s Ken Rosenthal.

One of the teams making an offer is the Padres, though Rosenthal didn’t specify what role the club sees for the 30-year-old. Either way, the one-year deal is apparently “incentive-laden.”

Morrow, the fifth overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, has split time between the rotation and the bullpen over eight big league seasons for the Mariners and Blue Jays. He also has battled numerous injuries, reaching his high of 179 1/3 innings over 30 starts for Toronto in 2011. Last year he posted a 5.67 ERA across only 33 1/3 innings, making six starts out of 13 appearances and missing about four months with a torn tendon sheath in his right index finger.

– Andrew Simon

Kemp on the move as Dodgers, Padres pull off blockbuster

The Padres and Dodgers pulled off a blockbuster trade on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

Matt Kemp is going to San Diego along with catcher Tim Federowicz and the Dodgers are getting catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and a Minor League pitcher, believed to be Zach Eflin, a source told’s Corey Brock.

Neither club has commented on the proposed trade.

The deal was first reported by USA Today, which added the Dodgers would send the Padres roughly $31 million of the remaining $107 million on Kemp’s contract. The deal needs the approval of the Commissioner’s Office because money is being exchanged. The players also need to take physical exams.

It’s not certain if this is part of a three-way deal. Still, it’s clear the Padres have made a major upgrade to their offense. Kemp, 30, is a two-time All-Star coming off a bounceback season. He hit .287 with 25 home runs and 38 doubles over 150 games in 2014, after missing 89 games in ’13 due to a number of injuries.

The Dodgers had been looking for a catcher to pair with incumbent A.J. Ellis, and it appears Grandal is their man. This season, Grandal hit .225 with 15 homers and 19 doubles over 128 games (76 as a catcher). He can also play first base.

Weiland, 24, returned from Tommy John elbow surgery this season and appeared in four games. Eflin, 20, was the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Federowicz figures to backup Rene Rivera.

–Austin Laymance

Rockies among the teams interested in Gee

The Rockies are the latest team to be mentioned as a potential landing spot for Mets right-hander Dillon Gee, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Rangers, Padres, Twins, Giants, and Royals have all also been linked to Gee.

It’s no secret that Colorado is in pursuit of some much-needed pitching help after its staff suffered numerous injuries this past season en route to compiling a Major League-worst 4.84 ERA. Aside from left-handers Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Matzek, the Rockies starting rotation is currently filled with question marks.

Former staff ace Jhoulys Chacin (rotator cuff fraying) has an uncertain future, while right-handers Jordan Lyles and Christian Bergman both suffered broken left hands in freak incidents last season. Making matters worse, right-handed prospect Eddie Butler suffered a rotator cuff strain in his big league debut and 2013 first-round pick Jon Gray was hampered by right biceps tendinitis throughout his first full professional season.

The 28-year-old Gee posted a 4.00 ERA over 137 1/3 innings in 22 starts this past season for the Mets, but would come with two more years of arbitration eligibility.

– Paul Casella

Braves getting plenty of calls on J. Upton, Gattis

The Braves are continuing to receive calls from a number of teams regarding both outfielder Justin Upton and catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The report indicates that the Giants, Rangers, Royals and Padres are interested in both players, while the Mariners have been in contact solely about Upton.

Given the apparent market interest, coupled with the Braves’ willingness to move Upton, it seems inevitable that Upton will be moved somewhere this offseason. Though Atlanta already traded away outfielder Jason Heyward earlier this offseason, they were still interested in finding a new home for Upton even before signing fellow outfielder Nick Markakis last week.

The Padres have been closely linked to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, but they could turn their focus toward Upton or Gattis if those talks fall through. The Rangers and Mariners, meanwhile, were interested in Kemp initially, but are reportedly no longer part of those discussions.

– Paul Casella

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

Dodgers getting calls about all outfielders, refute Gordon rumors

Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi addressed a number of rumors surrounding his club on Tuesday, denying a report that the club is shopping shortstop Dee Gordon while also adding that a Matt Kemp deal is not imminent.

Reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Dodgers were making Gordon available, but Zaidi firmly denied such rumors.

“He’s a cost-controlled, All-Star second baseman that teams would have four more years of control, a tremendous player, and anybody like that, teams ask for,” Zaidi said. “We’re not dangling him. Like I said, he is our second baseman.”

As for Kemp, Zaidi said the reports that a deal being close with the Padres is “not true.” He acknowledged that the Dodgers are continuing to field offers and negotiate, but added that the Dodgers have actually received multiple inquiries on all of their main outfielders — a list that would seem to include Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford,  as well as Scott Van Slyke, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig, though there is zero indication that Puig has ever been available.

Zaidi did not put a timetable on any potential deals and suggested the club could leave this week’s Winter Meetings without any clarity on its outfield situation.

Regardless, in addition to their need to move an outfielder, the Dodgers are still in the market for at least a shortstop and another starting pitcher. With Jon Lester reportedly choosing to sign with the Cubs, the Dodgers could now turn their focus — and the potential money saved on Lester — toward addressing some of those needs.

– Paul Casella


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