Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 8 Days
The Red Sox traded Middlebrooks to the Padres on Friday for catcher Ryan Hanigan, MLB.com reports.
After Middlebrooks hit .288/.325/.509 with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 75 games in 2012, there seemed to be little doubt that he was the future at third base for Boston. However, his luster has faded considerably since that time, as injuries and ineffectiveness have plagued him the past two years. Still, his pop alone may be enough to give him the inside track over Yangervis Solarte for the starting job at third base next season, but everything will hinge on the health of his hand come spring.
Kendry Flores SP MIA 8 Days
The Giants traded Flores to the Marlins on Friday, along with Luis Castillo, in exchange for third baseman Casey McGehee, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The right-hander enjoyed tremendous success at the Low-A level as a 21-year-old in 2013, striking out more than eight batters for every one he walked (137:17 K:BB) and giving up 43 runs in 141.2 innings (2.73 ERA). That success didn't carry over to High-A in 2014 (4.09 ERA), but Flores makes for a decent buy-low for Miami.
Bryan Price RP CLE 8 Days
Price has been invited to attend major league camp for spring training, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Price lost his spot on the Indians' 40-man roster earlier this month when the team acquired Brandon Moss from Oakland, but he will be afforded an opportunity to compete for a bullpen role in the spring. It's a nice gesture, but Price will have to really impress during Cactus League play to erase the memory of his struggles with the big club last season (20.25 ERA, .500 BAA).
Brian Wilson RP LAD 8 Days
Wilson was released by the Dodgers on Friday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
This move was effectively made Tuesday, when the Dodgers designated Wilson for assignment, but the three-time All-Star is now officially a free agent after clearing waivers. Wilson lost more than a mile per hour off his fastball last season, resulting in a career-worst 4.29 FIP over 48.1 innings. At 32, his days as a reliable back-end bullpen option are seemingly over.
Craig Breslow RP BOS 8 Days
Breslow signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Red Sox on Friday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
The Red Sox previously declined Breslow's $4 million option for 2015, but will welcome the lefty back at the 50 percent markdown. Breslow turned in one of his worst seasons in the majors in 2014, posting a 5.96 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 54.1 innings, but he recorded a 1.81 ERA in 61 appearances the year before.
Casey McGehee 3B SF 8 Days
McGehee will be headed to the Giants in a trade, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.
The return for Miami is still uncertain, but McGehee will join the World Series champs, replacing Pablo Sandoval at third base. After spending 2013 with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League, McGehee made his way back to the States and slashed .287/.355/.357 with 76 RBI in 160 games with the Marlins last season. He managed just four homers in 691 plate appearances, but his HR/FB rate was down at a ridiculously-low 2.5%, so that number figures to improve in 2015 even with the move to another pitcher's park. His RBI numbers may take a significant hit, however, while likely batting lower in the order with his new club.
David Ross C CHC 8 Days
Ross signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs on Friday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
A report earlier in the day had Ross headed to San Diego, but it turns out the free agent will wind up in Chicago instead. It's not exactly clear how he will be used, but he served as Jon Lester's personal catcher last season, and there's a decent chance he will do so again in 2015.
Aaron Northcraft RP SD 8 Days
Northcraft was traded to the Padres on Friday, Corey Brock of the Padres' official site reports.
Northcraft split 2014 between Double-A and Triple-A, finishing the season with a 4.70 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with 113 strikeouts in 130.1 innings between the two teams. He will head to the Padres along with Justin Upton in exchange for Max Fried, Dustin Peterson and Jace Peterson.
Donn Roach RP CHC 8 Days
Roach was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Friday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Roach was claimed off waivers by the Cubs earlier in the offseason. In 16 games with the Padres last season, he posted a 4.75 ERA and 1.68 WHIP with 17 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. He will likely end up in the minors if he goes unclaimed through waivers.
Brian Broderick RP KC 8 Days
Broderick was traded to the Royals on Friday.
Broderick signed a minor league deal with the Angels earlier in December, but now will be shipped to the Royals for Johnny Giavotella. He spent 2014 in independent ball, posting a 2.31 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 65 strikeouts over 62.1 innings. He will likely begin the 2015 season at either Double-A or Triple-A.