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Padres continuing pursuit for Kemp

The Padres are currently considered the “most likely destination” for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to a tweet by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

San Diego has been linked Kemp for a couple weeks now, particularly after the club missed out on signing free agents Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas. The Padres are intent on finding offensive upgrades at this week’s Winter Meetings, with the belief that they will do so via trade as opposed to pursuing any of the few remaining top free-agent hitters.

Nightengale adds that the Padres are currently offering catcher Yasmany Grandal and “one other player” in return for Kemp, though it’s unclear at this time who that other player might be. It’s no surprise that the Padres are willing to offer up Grandal, considering they have a bit of a logjam at catcher between Grandal, Rene Rivera and top prospect Austin Hedges.

As far as other potential trade pieces, pitchers Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy have all been linked to trade rumors this offseason, though it’s uncertain whether or not any of those players would be involved in a potential deal with Los Angeles.

The Mariners, Rangers and Orioles are all among the other teams that are known to have also expressed in Kemp this offseason.

— Paul Casella

Padres getting “more aggressive” in marketing Grandal

The Padres have reportedly become more active in including Yasmani Grandal in potential trade talks, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

San Diego has plenty of organizational depth behind the plate, as the Padres have already received a number of calls regarding Grandal, Rene Rivera and Austin Hedges, one of the best defensive catchers in the Minors. Though the Padres were originally not very open to the idea of moving Grandal, recent developments within the free-agent market may be changing their minds.

The Padres, who have been trying to improve their offense this offseason, have already missed out on free agents Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas. They also had interest in first baseman Adam LaRoche, who signed with the White Sox.

With the already thin free-agent market becoming even thinner in recent weeks, San Diego may need to rely on a trade to achieve its goal. The Padres have been linked to the Reds’ Jay Bruce and the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, among others, over the past week.

They are also hesitant to trade away either Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross, though Ian Kennedy is believed to be more available. Kennedy, who is arbitration-eligible, will likely make close to $10 million next season.

As for Grandal, he had an encouraging 2014 campaign in his return from ACL surgery, posting 15 home runs, 19 doubles and 49 RBIs in 128 games. He also notched a .356 on-base percentage after the All-Star break, indicating he could be ready to carry a heavier load in 2015 with his recovery from the ACL surgery completely behind him.

The Padres would prefer to hold on to Grandal, but they may ultimately need to consider moving pieces they had originally planned to keep if they still plan to upgrade offensively.

— Paul Casella

Giants yet to make final offer for Sandoval

Don’t count out the Giants in the battle for free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

San Francisco has faced a stiff challenge in its quest to retain the 28-year-old, who has spent all of his seven big league seasons and won three World Series with the club. The Red Sox have made Sandoval a five-year, $95 million offer, according to The Boston Globe, and the Padres have entered the mix as a surprise contender. San Diego, normally not a player for expensive free agents, has made a “very competitive offer,” according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

But even if the Giants have not matched those bids yet, that still could change. Appearing on MLB Network radio on Sunday morning, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said his club has “not made a final offer.” The San Francisco Chronicle previously reported that Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vazquez, has asked the Giants to submit their best proposal next week. Sandoval is expected to make his decision then.

— Andrew Simon

Street is gone … now what?

As expected, the Padres made their first move Friday when they traded closer Huston Street to the Angels as part of a six-player deal that netted them four prospects.

Could this be just the tip of the iceberg as far as moves before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline for the team?

The Padres have been getting a lot of hits for weeks on third baseman Chase Headley, reliever Joaquin Benoit, pitcher Ian Kennedy and outfielder Chris Denorfia.

They could move some of them in deals. Heck, they could move all of them. The most likely candidates are Headley (a free agent after this season) and Denorfia, as the team already has four outfielders under contract for 2015 — Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, Will Venable and Seth Smith.

Headley, two years removed from leading the NL in RBIs (115), could get a decent return, but only if the Padres sent some if not all of his remaining salary (likely $4 million or so) with him in a deal.

Stay tuned, things could get interesting in the next 10 days or so.

— Corey Brock

Padres: Getting hits on Street, Benoit …

It’s no surprise at all that the Padres are getting plenty of early inquiries on relievers Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit.

It’s not just the ability to get outs more often than not late in games that makes these two so attractive, though.

Both are controllable next season. Don’t underestimate the importance of this.

Street has a $7 club option while Benoit is owed $8 million as part of the second year of a two-year deal he signed with the team last winter.

That could make these two looks even more attractive the closer we get to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline — and could potentially impact the type of player the Padres get in return.

Make no mistake, the Padres will almost certainly deal one or the other. They almost have to.

— Corey Brock

1/17 Roundup

On a day when the Dodgers announced their seven-year, $215 million contract extension with ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw, numerous smaller deals were completed across the Major Leagues.

Friday was the deadline for teams to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players, leading many to work out compromises, albeit none that carry the financial impact of Kershaw’s. For those who didn’t reach agreements, negotiations can continue until hearings take place from Feb. 1-21, at which point the decisions will be in the hands of three-judge arbitration panels.

Here is a look at some of Friday’s big arbitration-related news:

  • The Nationals signed five of their seven eligible players, including All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond. Washington bought out the final two years of arbitration for both players, locking them up for $24 million and $17.5 million, respectively.
  • Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer agreed to a $15.525 million contract with the Tigers, who still have a lot of work to do if they want to prevent him from reaching free agency next offseason.
  • Chris Davis headlined the Orioles’ five signings, getting a raise of roughly $7 million in his second year of arbitration after leading the Majors in home runs and RBIs. Catcher Matt Wieters, also two years from free agency, has yet to reach a deal.
  • Third baseman Chase Headley was among the players to settle with the Padres as he readies for his final season before free agency.
  • While the Braves were able to sign four arbitration-eligible players, they will have to exchange figures with closer Craig Kimbrel, first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Jason Heyward.
  • The Marlins put a stop to all three of their arbitration cases, handing $6.5 million to slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the process. Stanton’s salary will jump from $537,000 in his first year of arbitration.
  • The Yankees also locked up all of their arbitration-eligible players, as outfielder Brett Gardner led the way with a $5.6 million settlement.
  • Another club set to sit out the hearings is Toronto, which rewarded center fielder Colby Rasmus’ strong 2013 with a $7 million deal in his final year of club control.
  • Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who bounced back in a big way after going through a rough ‘12, settled on a $3.6 million contract in his first year of arbitration.
  • Josh Reddick is the only A’s player who remains unsigned after the club came to agreements with four more players on Friday, including offseason acquisitions Craig Gentry and Luke Gregerson.
  • Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker were among the players to come to terms with the Pirates, who closed all of their arbitration cases.
  • A day after settling with ace lefty David Price, the Rays avoided arbitration with each of their six remaining players, including righty Jeremy Hellickson.
  • The Reds have negotiating left to do with starter Homer Bailey and closer Aroldis Chapman and are hoping to ink Bailey to a long-term deal.

— Andrew Simon

1/7 Roundup

The Dodgers have transformed into the financial powerhouse of the West, and up the Pacific Coast, the Mariners have flexed their muscles this offseason. Both figure to be serious players in the bidding for coveted Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, but could a couple of other clubs from the region also emerge as serious challengers?

The Angels will get involved, as MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez writes, and they could use the rotation upgrade. But with long-term deals for the likes of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton already in place, another large contract could push them past the luxury-tax threshold before even considering a potential extension for Mike Trout.

The D-backs would love to add Tanaka as they seek to unseat the Dodgers in the National League West. They intend to be serious players for his services, writes MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, but like with the Angels, such a deal could prove to be “a financial stretch” in Arizona.

In other news from around the league on Tuesday:

  • Braves president John Schuerholz told Jim Bowden of Sirius/XM radio that his club is not a contender for Tanaka. Meanwhile, Tanaka will meet with the Cubs and White Sox this week, reports Luke Stuckmeyer of Comcast SportsNet. However, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin tweets that the Sox aren’t currently “major players” in the bidding.
  • Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. discussed his team’s offseason, addressing potential interest in Tanaka and former closer Ryan Madson, as well as a recently signed television deal worth a reported $2.5 billion.
  • The representatives for free-agent righty Ubaldo Jimenez are telling clubs that he expects a multiyear deal with an annual salary of at least $14 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network.
  • Reds righty Homer Bailey addressed his involvement in offseason trade rumors during an interview on MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM.
  • Tuesday’s Minor League signings brought catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Royals, infielder Robert Andino to the Pirates and outfielder Xavier Nady to the Padres.

— Andrew Simon

Report: Padres sign IF Brooks Conrad

Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday morning that the Padres have signed 33-year-old infielder Brooks Conrad to a minor league deal, though it does not include an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Conrad, who played in Japan last season and last appeared in the big leagues with the Rays in 2012, split time between Milwaukee and Tampa Bay in his last major league season. He has five years of Major League experience after debuting with the A’s in 2008 and then signing with Atlanta, where he played three seasons.

Conrad spent last year with the Japan Central League’s Hanshin Tigers, batting .175 (10-for-57) over 24 games.

— Joey Nowak

12/28 Roundup

These days, the Hot Stove is all about Masahiro Tanaka.

Now officially the hottest commodity on the market after being posted by his Japanese club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka “finds himself in the perfect storm,” as Major League clubs vie for his services, writes our Tracy Ringolsby. With the posting fee — which goes to the Eagles — now capped at $20 million, Tanaka is sure to make more money than other recent Japanese exports.

One of the clubs that appears set to offer Tanaka big bucks is the Yankees, who already have reached out to the 25-year-old’s representatives.

In other news from around the league on Saturday:

  • The Padres announced their two-year contract with reliever Joaquin Benoit, with the veteran righty set to earn a guaranteed $15.5 million in the deal, which also includes an option for 2016. General manager Josh Byrnes also said the club will try to add one or two more relievers this offseason.
  • Mark Mulder is reportedly focusing on the West Coast as he tries to make a comeback after an injury-induced five-year absence from the Major Leagues.
  • The Royals signed infielder Jason Donald and outfielder Melky Mesa to Minor League deals.

— Andrew Simon

12/22 Roundup

The free-agent market lost one of its biggest names on Saturday, when outfielder Shin-Soo Choo agreed to a seven-year, $130 million contract with the Rangers.

As the list of unsigned impact players continues to shrink, the big question hanging over the Hot Stove is whether Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will join the fray. The highly touted right-hander’s Nippon Professional Baseball club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, has yet to decide whether to make him available via NPB’s recently revised posting system with Major League Baseball.

But the situation appears to nearing a resolution, with Baseball America’s Ben Badler reporting that the Eagles are expected to inform Tanaka of their decision by Wednesday.

In other news from around the league on a quiet Sunday:

  • Former A’s closer Grant Balfour saw his two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles fall through after issues arose with his physical, but as many as four teams — including the Rays — appear to have interest in the veteran righty.
  • Former All-Star left-hander Mark Mulder, who is making a comeback attempt, has worked out for the Giants, Padres, D-backs, Angels and Phillies, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. Mulder last pitched in the Majors in 2008 but is working with a new delivery after injuries derailed his career.
  • Cafardo also writes that free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew seems likely to return to the Red Sox, due in large part to a lack of other strong fits.
  • Agent Scott Boras is trying to get the Mets interested in two of his remaining free agents, Drew and slugger Kendrys Morales, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. However, Crasnick says Drew’s price could be too high for New York, which doesn’t appear to have much interest in Morales.

— Andrew Simon

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