AL West News and Rumors
Sources: Angels sign Cuban infield prospect Baldoquin
MLB.com Updated 14 hours ago
Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin has signed with the Angels after passing his physical, sources told MLB.com on Saturday. Baldoquin, who turns 21 in May, will receive an $8 million signing bonus once the deal becomes official.Upvote Share Tweet
Athletics release vet Punto after one seasonESPN.com Dec 20 (yesterday)The Oakland Athletics have released infielder Nick Punto.Upvote Share TweetIn 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs claim Lavarnway, Peterson off waiversMLB.com Dec 19 (yesterday)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…Upvote Share Tweet
Halos acquire 2B Giavotella in trade with RoyalsMLB.com Dec 19 (yesterday)The Angels acquired second baseman Johnny Giavotella from the Royals on Friday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Brian Broderick, who was recently signed out of the Mexican League.Upvote Share Tweet
Bidding ends today for Korean slugger KangMLB.com Dec 19 (2 days ago)Major League organizations have until 5 p.m. ET on Friday to put in bids for Korean slugger Jung-Ho Kang, a shortstop who has reportedly drawn interest from the Giants, A's, Padres, Royals, Nationals and D-backs.Upvote Share TweetFormer Angels first-round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed in Georgia on Wednesday night, according to local reports. Bolden, 23, was in the Angels organization from 2010-13. The team was informed of his passing on Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Andrus wins Sundberg Community Achievement AwardMLB.com Dec 18 (3 days ago)The Rangers recognized shortstop Elvis Andrus' positive role off the field on Thursday, naming him as the recipient of the 2014 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award.Upvote Share TweetThe Athletics have acquired left-hander Eury De La Rosa from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash.Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners sign Lowe, 2 others to Minor League dealsMLB.com Dec 18 (3 days ago)Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe is one of three players with Major League experience who have signed Minor League deals with camp invites, the Mariners announced Thursday. The others are right-handed pitcher Justin Germano and infielder Carlos Rivero.Upvote Share Tweet
Banister spends wedding anniversary with Rangers fansMLB.com Dec 17 (3 days ago)New manager Jeff Banister and shortstop Elvis Andrus each conducted Question & Answer sessions on Wednesday during the "Evening with the Rangers."Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Dec 17 (4 days ago)"So I have a splendid idea. Do you remember how great Josh Hamilton was in a Rangers uniform? I heard y'all down there in Texas are interested in trading for an outfielder. Well, I got just the guy — Josh Hamilton. And he's still playing baseball, …Upvote Share TweetBaseball's Hot Stove has been swirling with rumors the past 24 hours — juicy rumors too. Wil Myers is possibly getting traded in a three-team deal. Matt Kemp might have failed his physical with the Padres, and that's why the trade hasn't been completed …Upvote Share Tweet
Lester Talks DealDec 15Jon Lester discusses what went into his decision to sign a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs.
Royals Sign Rios To One-Year DealDec 15ESPN.com senior writer Jerry Crasnick breaks down the Royals' signing of outfielder Alex Rios to a one-year, $11 million contract, and the impact he will have in Kansas City.
Lester Signing Feels Like HopeDec 14Kate Fagan explains why the Cubs' signing of pitcher Jon Lester feels different from other offseason moves.
Dodgers Trade Haren, Acquire Kendrick In DealsDec 11Aaron Boone, Curt Schilling, Tim Kurkjian, Jim Bowden and Karl Ravech break down the Dodgers' improved defense with the acquisitions of SS Jimmy Rollins and 2B Howie Kendrick up the middle and the deal that sent Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Marlin
Dallas Mavericks frontrunners for Jermaine O'Neal after Rajon Rondo acquis…Dec 19The acquisition of Rajon Rondo has given the Dallas Mavericks an undeniable edge in the race to lure veteran big man Jermaine O'Neal back to the NBA, according to league sources.
A New NFC West RivalryDec 19RENTON, Wash. — Remember, oh, about three long months ago, when 49ers-Seahawks was the best rivalry in the NFL? The Niners are 7-7, oddly out of the playoff hunt, and are 1-5 against Seattle since late in 2012. So, is it really such a great rivalry now,…
Source: Seahawks extend Avril four yearsDec 19The Seahawks have signed pass-rusher Cliff Avril to a four-year extension worth $28.5 million, with $16 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to ESPN...
Rajon Rondo trade from Boston Celtics to Dallas Mavericks 'on course' to h…Dec 18A source with knowledge of the Rajon Rondo trade talks says a "deal is on course to happen tonight."