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12/11/2014 Eugenio Suarez, SS (Cin), SS
The Cincinnati Reds acquired Suarez and right-hander Jonathon Crawford from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for pitcher Alfredo Simon.

Analysis: The 22-year-old Suarez hit .242 with four homers and 23 RBIs for Detroit last season.
12/11/2014 Anthony DeSclafani, P (Cin), P
The Miami Marlins acquired right-hander Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds for DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach on Thursday.

Analysis: DeSclafani was the second-best minor league pitcher in the Marlins' farm system behind Andrew Heaney.
12/11/2014 Bryce Harper, LF (Was), LF
Harper and the Washington Nationals have come to terms on a $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding a grievance hearing.

Analysis: Harper, the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year, had been scheduled to have a $1 million salary in 2015, along with the chance to earn up to $500,000 in roster bonuses. But the Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance on his behalf over whether he could void the final season of the $9.9 million, five-year contract he signed when he was drafted.
12/11/2014 Andrew Heaney, P (LAA), P
In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes. The Dodgers then sent Heaney, considered one of baseball's top pitching prospects, to the Angels for Howie Kendrick.

Analysis: Heaney, a 23-year-old left-hander, made his big league debut for the Marlins in June and was 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA in five starts and two relief appearances.
12/11/2014 Dan Haren, P (Mia), P
In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.

Analysis: Haren went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA as the NL West champion Dodgers' No. 4 starter. He is owed $11 million for next season and said last month he might retire if traded away from the area.
12/11/2014 Dee Gordon, 2B (Mia), 2B
In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.

Analysis: A speedy middle infielder, Gordon is coming off his best season. The 26-year-old led the major leagues with 12 triples and 64 stolen bases, mostly batting leadoff for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .289 with two homers, 92 runs, 34 RBIs and a .329 on-base percentage. In parts of four seasons, he's a .272 hitter with 130 steals and 173 runs.
12/11/2014 Mark Reynolds, 1B (StL), 1B
Reynolds and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Reynolds hit 22 home runs last season in his only year with Milwaukee. He batted .196 with 45 RBIs in 130 games. Reynolds made 100 starts for the Brewers - 72 at first base, 29 at third and one in the outfield. The righty-hitting Reynolds figures to boost the bench for the two-time NL Central champion Cardinals. Matt Adams starts at first base for St. Louis and Matt Carpenter is at third base. Reynolds has hit 224 home runs in eight seasons.
12/11/2014 Delino DeShields, 2B (Tex), 2B
The Texas Rangers selected outfielder Delino DeShields in the draft of unprotected players on the final day of baseball's winter meetings.

Analysis: DeShields was the eighth overall pick by Houston in the 2010 first-year amateur draft and had spent his entire professional career in the Astros organization before Texas took him in the Rule 5 draft Thursday. After playing exclusively as a second baseman his first three pro seasons, he moved to the outfield last year. He is the 22-year-old son of former big leaguer Delino DeShields, who played for five teams from 1990-2002.
12/11/2014 Ervin Santana, P (Min), P
The Minnesota Twins and Santana have agreed to a four-year contract.

Analysis: Santana's deal, which guarantees him $55 million, contains a club option for 2019 that could become guaranteed. The 32-year-old was 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA for Atlanta this year. He was an AL All-Star with the Los Angeles Angels in 2008.
12/11/2014 Mat Latos, P (Mia), P
The Miami Marlins have acquired Latos from the Cincinnati Reds for pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach.

Analysis: Latos, who turned 27 on Tuesday, was limited to 16 starts in 2014 due to left knee surgery. He was 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA upon his return June 14.
12/11/2014 Kendrys Morales, 1B (KC), 1B
A person familiar with the negotiations says slugger Kendrys Morales and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $17 million, two-year contract.

Analysis: Morales will get $6.5 million next year and $9 million in 2016. The deal includes an $11 million mutual option for 2017 with a $1.5 million buyout. Morales can make an additional $750,000 in performance bonuses in each of the first two seasons based on plate appearances: $50,000 for 375 and $100,000 apiece for 400 and each additional 25 until 550.
12/11/2014 John Mayberry, LF (NYM), LF
Mayberry Jr. and the New York Mets have finalized a $1.45 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: Mayberry figures to provide a right-handed bat with power to New York's bench. Mayberry had seven homers and 23 RBIs in 146 at-bats this year for Philadelphia and Toronto, which acquired him Aug. 31. Mayberry has 53 homers in six big leagues seasons. He turns 31 next month.
12/11/2014 Rick Porcello, P (Bos), P
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Rick Porcello, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Analysis: Porcello does not turn 26 until later this month, and he is coming off a season in which he set career bests with 15 wins, a 3.43 ERA and 204 2-3 innings pitched. Cespedes and Porcello could both be free agents after this season. Cespedes will make $10.5 million in 2015. Porcello is arbitration eligible after making $8.5 million this year.
12/11/2014 Yoenis Cespedes, LF (Det), LF
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Rick Porcello, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Analysis: The Red Sox acquired Cespedes in the deal that sent Jon Lester to Oakland. Cespedes finished the year with a .260 average, 22 home runs and 100 RBIs. The 29-year-old Cespedes gives Detroit another power-hitting presence in the middle of its lineup, along with Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.
12/11/2014 Alfredo Simon, P (Det), P
The Detroit Tigers have obtained pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of young players.

Analysis: Simon, a 33-year-old right-hander, was 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA last season.
12/11/2014 Matt Kemp, CF (LAD), CF
A person with knowledge of the situation says the San Diego Padres have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers.

Analysis: The Padres are due to receive some $30 million to help offset the $107 million still remaining on Kemp's deal, which must be approved by the commissioner's office. San Diego has been desperate for a power bat to punch up its woeful offense. Kemp had a strong second half in 2014 for the NL West champion Dodgers, finishing with a .287 average, 25 home runs and 89 RBIs.
12/11/2014 Howie Kendrick, 2B (LAD), 2B
The Dodgers acquired Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels.

Analysis: In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes. Los Angeles then sent Heaney, considered one of baseball's top pitching prospects, to the Angels for Kendrick.
12/10/2014 Antonio Bastardo, P (Pit), P
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez.

Analysis: The 29-year-old Bastardo went 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA this year with the Phillies. He struck out 81 and walked 34 in 64 innings. In six big league seasons - all with the Phillies - he is 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA. He has 324 strikeouts in 259 innings.
12/10/2014 David Robertson, P (CWS), P
Robertson and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $46 million, four-year contract. The right-hander, who turns 30 in April, gets $10 million next year, $11 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018 under the agreement announced Wednesday.

Analysis: He was 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 39 saves this year, when he took over as the New York Yankees' closer following Mariano Rivera's retirement. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn says ''David fills an immediate need in the back end of our bullpen, and we feel he will be an important piece to our pitching staff for the next four seasons.''
12/10/2014 Pat Neshek, P (Hou), P
The Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Neshek.

Analysis: Neshek, 34, has pitched for Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis. He was 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA for the Cardinals this year, when he struck out 68 in 67 1-3 innings and was picked for his first All-Star game.
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