All you need to know: MLB news and rumors roundup for Dec. 16
Monday saw some action on the hot stove front, so let's do our nightly recap of the essentials.
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 ...
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
- 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.
- Arizona Diamondbacks / Chicago White Sox : Arizona agreed to send top position prospect Matt Davidson to Chicago in exchange for reliever/closer Addison Reed .
RUMORS & SPECULATION
- 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 : CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Yanks have interest in Mark Reynolds , Michael Young and Brian Roberts .
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