All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Dec. 24

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Munenori Kawasaki will return to the Blue Jays in 2014.
Munenori Kawasaki will return to the Blue Jays in 2014. (USATSI)

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Unsurprisingly, Christmas Eve did not bring much hot stove excitement. There are indications the Rakuten Golden Eagles will post right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, but nothing has been officially announced just yet. Given all the conflicting information we've seen in recent weeks, it's best to wait for an announcement before getting exciting.

In other news, the Dodgers formally announced the signings of Chris Perez (one-year deal), J.P. Howell (two-year deal), Jamey Wright (one-year deal) and Juan Uribe (two-year deal). That's a bunch of loose ends that are now tied up. Here is a recap of the rest of the day's hot stove action:

SIGNINGS

Blue Jays: Re-signed IF Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced.

Rays: Signed LHP Jordan Norberto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Norberto announced the deal himself on Twitter.

RUMORS & SPECULATION

RHP Ryan Madson: There is mutual interest in a reunion with the Phillies.

Twins: Have maintained contact with RHP Bronson Arroyo. (1500 ESPN)

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