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All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Dec. 19

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Scott Downs is headed to the South Side of Chicago.
Scott Downs is headed to the South Side of Chicago. (USATSI)

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Thursday saw a few minor moves and some reports, but no major player movement -- unless you count a move that may now end up not happening. Let's get after it.

TROUBLE?

- Earlier this week, the Orioles and Grant Balfour came to an agreement. The deal has yet to be finalized, however, and it might fall apart.

SIGNINGS AND AGREEMENTS

- Cubs: They inked Mitch Maier, Jonathan Sanchez and Tsuyoshi Wada to minor-league deals.

- Orioles: They have signed Xavier Paul to a minor-league deal, along with three others, according to MLB.com.

- Rangers: Former MLB pitcher Daniel McCutchen has been signed to a minor-league deal, according to his agents.

- Reds: They agreed to sign Chien-Ming Wang to a minor-league contract.

- White Sox: The club agreed to sign reliever Scott Downs.

- Yankees: They announced the Carlos Beltran signing as official.

TRADES

-The Giants have an agreement in place to send Brett Pill to the Kia Tigers of the Korean Professional League, according to CSN Bay Area.

- The Nationals have traded Corey Brown to the A's, per Buster Olney of ESPN.

RUMORS AND REPORTS

- David Price: Our own Jon Heyman has a lengthy piece examining the situation with Price. It's worth a read in full, so head on over there.

- Masahiro Tanaka: The Rakuten Golden Eagles are trying to avoid posting him and are reportedly prepared to offer up a record contract.

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