All you need to know: MLB news and rumors roundup for Dec. 18

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Is the market for Ervin Santana finally taking shape? That plus everything else from around MLB on Wednesday. (USATSI)
Is the market for Ervin Santana finally taking shape? That plus everything else from around MLB on Wednesday. (USATSI)

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Wednesday was indeed a busy one when it comes to offseason goings-on, so let's run down all the hot stove news and scuttle you need to know for Dec. 18 ...

SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS

- Luke Scott: The veteran 1B/OF/DH signed with the SK Wyverns in Korea.

- Angels: Agreed to terms with free agent DH Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract.

- Cubs: Have signed LHP Jonathan Sanchez to a minor-league contract.

- Diamondbacks: Agreed to terms with 3B Eric Chavez on a new contract, likely for one year.

- Mariners: Finalized a one-year contract with OF Franklin Gutierrez.

- Marlins: Have agreed to terms with IF Casey McGehee on a one-year contract.

- Padres: Have agreed to terms with reliever/closer Joaquin Benoit on a two-year contract.

TRADES

- Astros-Padres: The Astros acquire 1B Jesus Guzman from the Padres in exchange for minor-league SS/3B Ryan Jackson.

- Braves-Twins: Atlanta gets C/OF Ryan Doumit from the Twins in exchange for lefty prospect Sean Gilmartin.

- Indians-Rockies: Colorado acquired OF Drew Stubbs from the Indians in exchange for LHP Josh Outman.

- Orioles-Royals: Baltimore acquires OF David Lough from the Royals in exchange for 3B Danny Valencia.

- Red Sox-Rockies: Boston sent LHP Franklin Morales and RHP Chris Martin to Colorado for IF Jonathan Herrera.

RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.

- Ryan Madson: The former closer is holding private workouts for interested teams and hoping to sign somewhere this offseason, reports Jon Heyman.

- Kurt Suzuki: The Cubs, Twins and Mariners have all been reported recently to have interest in the veteran catcher.

- Masahiro Tanaka: The coveted right-hander's current club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, are reportedly set to make Tanaka an offer of roughly $8 million USD to stay in Japan for another season. Tanaka has previously expressed his desire to be posted and pitch in the U.S. starting in 2014.

- Michael Young: The Brewers, Dodgers and Rockies are all interested in Young at present. (Ken Rosenthal via Twitter)

- Athletics: The owners of the NBA's Golden State Warriors may have interest in purchasing the A's and keeping them in Oakland.

- Diamondbacks: GM Kevin Towers says his team is still interested in two of the following three pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka, Ervin Santana and Matt Garza. (Jim Bowden via Twitter)

- Mariners: Seattle reportedly has interest in signing free agent RHP Ervin Santana ... IF Nick Franklin is of significant interest on the trade market, tweets Ken Rosenthal.

- Red Sox: Still have interest in bringing back SS Stephen Drew, tweets our own Jon Heyman.

- Yankees: Earlier this offseason, Shin-Soo Choo reportedly turned down a seven-year, $140-million offer from the Yanks. At this writing, Choo remains unsigned.

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