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12/19/2014 | Silverman taking bold steps necessary to reshape Rays

On second thought, give Matt Silverman, the Tampa Bay Rays' "rookie" general manager credit. What Silverman has done is far more than tweaking the roster. Call it a major overhaul.

12/19/2014 | From security guard to Santa: MLB spreads holiday cheer

On Friday night in Greenwich Village, LeRoy Hendricks, a longtime fixture on the serious side of Major League Baseball Security, renewed what has become a beloved and jolly holiday tradition of his own in later life. He handed out presents to 50 kids as the annual Santa Claus during MLB's Winter Wishes 2014 event for the Castle Hill Club House of the local Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

12/19/2014 | Giants acquire McGehee to fill third-base spot

The Giants filled their third-base vacancy on Friday night, announcing they obtained Casey McGehee from the Marlins for a pair of Minor League right-handers.

12/19/2014 | Dodgers release veteran reliever Wilson

The Dodgers released reliever Brian Wilson on Friday and the club will be responsible for the 32-year-old right-hander's $10 million salary for 2015.

12/19/2014 | How will Padres handle all their outfielders?

The Padres have seven outfielders on the roster who will make more than the league minimum in 2015, presenting manager Bud Black with an assortment of options.

12/19/2014 | Preller sure keeps things moving as rookie GM

One of the more amazing parts of A.J. Preller's story is that, until the last few weeks, he was a relative unknown outside of baseball. But things have changed, and dramatically. The Padres have gotten everyone's attention, and so has their new general manager.

12/19/2014 | GM Hawkins? Righty has post-career plans

As he enters his 21st and final season in the Majors, Rockies right-hander LaTroy Hawkins realizes he has seen just a "small piece" of the sport he loves. When he takes off the uniform for the final time, he plans on delving into the rest.

12/19/2014 | Rollins plans to lead, succeed with Dodgers

The Dodgers announced the trade of Jimmy Rollins on Friday, calling him a shortstop, but Rollins said he has an additional role.

12/19/2014 | Hart sees major value in newly acquired prospects

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart made his latest big move on Friday when he sent Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft to the Padres in exchange for left-handed pitcher Max Fried, infielder Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Alex Smith. Hart took time early Friday evening to discuss the Upton deal and the direction he might take.

12/19/2014 | Orioles bring aboard Coolbaugh as hitting coach

The Orioles have announced that Scott Coolbaugh, who spent the last eight seasons in the Rangers organization, will fill their vacancy as their Major League hitting coach.

12/19/2014 | What's Next: Hot Stove season still heating up

Now that the acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton have completely reshaped the Padres' roster, it might be time for some other teams to step up to the plate with the biggest movers and shakers of this offseason thus far. The drum beat of moves has just kept coming with the holidays approaching, and it's not about to stop.

12/19/2014 | Cubs reportedly sign Ross to 2-year deal

David Ross and Jon Lester appear to be together again. The Cubs have reportedly signed Ross to a two-year, $5 million contract, according to Several Boston media outlets confirmed the deal on Friday. The Cubs, who would have to make a roster move to open a spot for Ross, would not comment on the reports. The deal most likely is pending a physical.

12/19/2014 | Progressive renovations starting to take shape

The Indians have made progress on the extensive Progressive Field renovations, and they're hoping to finish all the construction by their home opener against the Tigers on April 10.

12/19/2014 | Passion key part of Zinter's return trip to Majors

When his playing career was over and he decided he wanted to become a coach, Alan Zinter went back to the rugged life in the Minors and worked his way back to the Majors.

12/19/2014 | Cingrani ready to take advantage of second chance

Last season, young Reds left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani was viewed as ready for a full-time spot in the rotation and a central piece in the club's plans. It enabled Cincinnati to bid farewell to Bronson Arroyo and feel good about its starting five. Then Cingrani struggled early in the year and missed most of the season with a shoulder injury. Before the Winter Meetings last week, he appeared to be on the outside looking in -- the sixth man on the depth chart for the rotation.

12/19/2014 | Kendrick ready to make history with Dodgers

Howie Kendrick grew up with the Angels, delayed his free agency to stay with the Angels, and if he had his druthers, he would've retired with the Angels -- but he ended up with a pretty favorable alternative in the Dodgers.

12/19/2014 | Cubs claim Lavarnway off waivers from Dodgers

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers by the Cubs on Friday.

12/19/2014 | Adding relievers to mix remains a top priority for Toronto

The Blue Jays' bullpen remains a work in progress as the club continues to search for ways to improve what became a noticeable area of weakness throughout the 2014 season. Toronto is expected to add at least a couple of relievers in the coming weeks and one of those will have to be a closer if -- as expected -- free agent Casey Janssen doesn't return to the organization.

12/19/2014 | Friedman: Moves make Dodgers 'highly functional'

Andrew Friedman on Friday explained why the Dodgers needed the extreme makeover they've just undergone, including the trade of popular outfielder Matt Kemp to the now-formidable Padres.

12/19/2014 | Rays pleased with 5-player haul

The Rays equally consider their present and future in every deal they make, and they say Friday's three-team, 11-player trade with the Padres and Nationals was no different.

12/19/2014 | Winter dealing could just be starting for Phils

The Phillies' rebuilding effort is underway, but it is far from over. There are still trades to be explored involving a number of veteran players.

12/19/2014 | After Norris trade, A's release veteran Punto

In the wake of yet another multiplayer trade, with Oakland sending All-Star catcher Derek Norris to San Diego for two pitchers on Thursday evening, the A's released veteran infielder Nick Punto to clear a spot on their 40-man roster.

12/19/2014 | Amid changes, Silverman confident in Rays' chances

The Rays have undergone a lot of changes since their final game of a 77-win season. Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon are gone. Matt Silverman and Kevin Cash have assumed their jobs as president, baseball operations, and manager, respectively. They've set their 40-man roster and figured out the coaching staff. All the while, keeping an eye on the coming season.

12/19/2014 | Cubs claim Lavarnway, Peterson off waivers

The Cubs claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers and outfielder Shane Peterson off waivers from the Athletics on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins were designated for assignment.

12/19/2014 | Blue Jays claim Oramas, sign Albers to Minors deal

The Blue Jays added pitching depth Friday by claiming left-hander Juan Oramas off waivers from the Padres and signing left-hander Andrew Albers to a Minor League contract.

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