All you need to know: MLB news and rumors roundup for Dec. 16

Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers has had a busy winter, and he may not be done. (USATSI)
Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers has had a busy winter, and he may not be done. (USATSI)

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The offseason marches on, and Monday brought us some hot stove goings-on. So let's recap all you need to know for Dec. 16 ...


- MLB, NBP: First and foremost, MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) formally agreed to a new posting system for free agents making the leap from Japan to the U.S. The new structure limits posting fees to $20 million and affords the player in question the potential to negotiate with multiple teams. We'll find out soon enough whether coveted right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is posted under the new agreement. 

- Houston Astros : Agreed to terms with reliever Matt Albers on a one-year, $2.45-million contract

- Atlanta Braves : Agreed to terms with RHP Gavin Floyd on a one-year, $4-million deal ... Avoided arbitration with RHP Brandon Beachy by signing him to a one-year, $1.45-million contract.

- Chicago Cubs : Signed lefty reliever Wesley Wright to a one-year deal worth $1.425 million. 

- Los Angeles Dodgers Have agreed to terms with lefty reliever J.P. Howell to a two-year contract plus an option. The deal will pay him $11.25 million guaranteed, and it also includes a vesting option for 2016. 

- Cleveland Indians : Signed reliever/closer John Axford to a one-year, $4.5-million contract ... Signed RHP Shaun Marcum to a minor-league deal.


- Arizona Diamondbacks / Chicago White Sox : Arizona agreed to send top position prospect Matt Davidson to Chicago in exchange for reliever/closer Addison Reed


- Cubs: Have interest in signing veteran lefty Jonathan Sanchez. (Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune)

- Diamondbacks: Still want to add a starting pitcher but are likely to try to find one on the free agent market rather than through trade. (Ken Rosenthal via Twitter) ... The D-backs are intent on signing 3B Eric Chavez . (Jesse Sanchez via Twitter)

- Baltimore Orioles : The O's are considering adding a vesting option to their two-year offer to closer Grant Balfour , who wants a third year guaranteed. (Roch Kubatko via Twitter)

- Philadelphia Phillies : Are willing to trade SS Jimmy Rollins . Rollins, however, has a full no-trade clause. (Buster Olney via Twitter)

- New York Yankees :'s Jon Heyman reports that the Yanks have interest in Mark Reynolds , Michael Young and Brian Roberts

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