This is the December 18, 2012 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
On Monday, the Oakland Athletics announced the signing of Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million contract, filling the void left by Stephen Drew’s departure. It could end up being a solid signing for GM Billy Beane, but with maUpvote Share Tweet
The Mets expect the 33-year-old right-hander to begin throwing in six weeks and to be ready for opening day.Upvote Share Tweet
Valenzuela to help out with toy giveawayDodgers legendary pitcher and current Spanish-language broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela will present toys to children Wednesday as part of El Centro Del Pueblo's 30th Annual Holiday Toy Giveaway.Upvote Share Tweet
Holiday hits: Players dish out favorite winter tunesMLB.com asked Major League Baseball players for their favorite holiday songs, and in Barry Zito's case, there could be only one at the top of the charts.Upvote Share Tweet
Rays sign Hernandez to one-year, $3.25M dealThe Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona.Upvote Share Tweet
Newest Mets embrace change of sceneryTravis d'Arnaud, the centerpiece of the deal that sent R.A. Dickey from the Mets to the Blue Jays, joined catcher John Buck and pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in an introductory conference call on Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweet
L.A. Dodgers cash in on blockbuster trade the Boston Red Sox had to makenydailynews.com Updated Dec 18, 2012The Red Sox effectively relieved themselves of almost all the excessive contracts left over by previous GM Theo Epstein in a bid to start over again.Upvote Share Tweet
Greens honor daughter by reaching out to NewtownAfter the horrific events at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday morning, Roxanna Green flew into action. As a mother and now an activist who lives with her family in Tucson, Ariz., Roxanna sensed she was needed 3,000 miles away.Upvote Share TweetCLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians called upon a proven recruiter to land free agent outfielder Nick Swisher.Upvote Share TweetPUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Bush, a former pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash.Upvote Share TweetMatt Bush, a former pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash.Upvote Share TweetThe Boston Red Sox on Tuesday officially announced the signing of right-handed reliever Koji Uehara to a one-year contract that a source says is worth $4.25 million.Upvote Share Tweet
Young excited for fresh start in PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Phillies introduced new third baseman Michael Young at a Tuesday afternoon news conference at Citizens Bank Park.Upvote Share TweetThe Rangers spent Tuesday addressing their catching situation by talking with free agent A.J. Pierzynski and his representatives about the possibility of playing in Arlington.Upvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- R.A. Dickey picked up his phone on Saturday, and New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the NL Cy Young Award winner he had 72 hours to negotiate a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.Upvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays ink veterans Ortiz, LangerhansThe Blue Jays added to their depth on Tuesday afternoon by signing right-hander Ramon Ortiz and outfielder Ryan Langerhans to Minor League contracts.Upvote Share Tweet
A Short Story: Alan Trammell was overshadowed by contemporaries …CNNSI.com Updated Dec 18, 2012Alan Trammell was overshadowed by contemporaries like Robin Yount and Cal Ripken but he deserves to join those fellow shortstops in the Hall of Fame, writes Jay Jaffe.Upvote Share TweetThe Phillies announced on Tuesday that left-hander John Lannan passed his physical and agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.Upvote Share TweetJosh Hamilton has read all about the potential dangers that lurk for him in this part of the country, which is mainly identified by a G-rated cartoon mouse but is also a 45-minute drive away -- depending on traffic -- from the glitz and bustle and tempt…Upvote Share TweetThe Astros have agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Jose Veras, according to a report by ESPN Deportes. Veras will receive $1.85 million in 2013 with a $3.25 million option for '14.Upvote Share Tweet
Canada's team returning to relevanceGeneral manager Alex Anthopoulos was given the wherewithal to restore the franchise to its former glory, and with such deals as the R.A. Dickey trade, he has come through.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets acquire outfielder Cowgill from A'sThe Mets helped fill their need for right-handed-hitting outfielders Tuesday, picking up Collin Cowgill in a trade with the A's.Upvote Share TweetThe Houston Astros have signed veteran Carlos Pena to be their designated hitter, addressing a key need as they prepare for their first season in the American League.Upvote Share TweetAs he faces his 15th and final year of eligibility on the writers' Hall of Fame ballot, Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy has received a lot of social media campaigning from his eight children. Eldest son Chad wrote a letter to the BBWAA (before getting…Upvote Share Tweet
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere Took A Studs-Up Boot To The Crotch Yesterdaydeadspin.com Updated Dec 18, 2012Gunners star Jack Wilshere entered a world of pain yesterday in the first half of Arsenal's match at Reading, when Royals midfielder Jobi McAnuff delivered a boot square to Wilshere's balls. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees' luxury tax increases $400K to $19.3MThe New York Yankees' luxury tax bill for this year has gone up by nearly $400,000.Upvote Share TweetThe Astros have hired Meg Vaillancourt, formerly a senior vice president with the Red Sox and executive director of the Red Sox Foundation, as their vice president of community relations and executive director of the Astros In Action Foundation.Upvote Share Tweet
Hot Stove is living up to its billing this offseasonWe throw around the "Hot Stove" term in my line of work because it's catchy and easily identifiable, but baseball's offseason is more typically a slow burn. A deal here, a deal there, a preseason picture gradually, but surely, coming into focu…Upvote Share Tweet
Toronto makes statement with bold offseason movesWe are about to be reminded that Major League Baseball is not merely an American game. It is more precisely a North American game. The Toronto Blue Jays have returned. The province of Ontario is back, too, as a baseball destination.Upvote Share Tweet
1980 Royals get World Series revenge on Phillies playing ‘Family Feud’ (Video)yahoo.com Updated Dec 18, 2012It took the Kansas City Royals five years to return to the World Series, and win it, after falling to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980. But did you know it took the Royals less than one offseason to avenge their defeat in '80 by whooping the Fightins o…Upvote Share Tweet
Players, skippers make returns in second toursPlayers around baseball -- and even coaches and managers like Gibbons -- are bringing new meaning to "turn two," taking advantage of opportunities to return to cities they previously inhabited and carry on their careers.Upvote Share TweetRight-handed reliever Santiago Casilla and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $15 million, three-year contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Buster Blog: AL East Wide OpenDec 18Buster Olney blogs about the Blue Jays' trade for R.A. Dickey and the overall landscape of the AL East.
Peter King: Jets can't ignore Sanchez's struggles as they look to 2013; ma…Dec 18In the wake of the long football weekend's news:
Evan Moore of Seattle Seahawks released -- sourceDec 18The Seattle Seahawks have released tight end Evan Moore, according to a source.
Don Banks: Peterson, Peyton astound, but don't forget these other comeback…Dec 18The epic seasons being turned in by Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and Denver quarterback Peyton Manning have deservedly sucked up all the oxygen in the comeback player of the year debate, but there are other notable comebacks unfolding around t…