Welp, the Padres now have Justin Upton, and in return gave the Braves a package of prospects. Padres G.M. A.J. Preller really went on a trade spree this week before Christmas. Who else did he get?
Myers, the 2013 AL ROY, suffered through a wrist injury in 2014 for the Rays, which is the most likely reason for his .222/.294/.320 performance. When healthy, he'll provide some much needed offense for a team that challenged the Braves for suckiest offense of 2014.
RHP Jesse Hahn
RHP R.J. Alvarez
C Derek Norris
LHP Seth Streich (minors)
International signing slot
Billy Beane must like trading All-Stars, doesn't he? Norris is the fifth 2014 All-Star Beane has traded since the All-Star Break (Cespedes, Donaldson, Samardzija, Moss). He gives the Padres a power bat, but little else as he is worth little more than replacement level defensively. Hahn posted a 3.07 ERA in 73.1 innings for the Padres in 2014.
Ryan Hanigan was a Padre for two days before being shipped off to the Red Sox for the Boston third baseman. He was among three catchers the Padres had after trading away Rivera and Grandal; now, it looks like Derek Norris will be the full-time backstop. Early reports had David Ross signing on with the Pads, but he actually chose a deal with the Cubs.
It's only a one-year deal, but it's loaded with incentives for starts, relief appearances, and days on the active roster. That last point has been a problem for Morrow lately, as he's totaled just 87.2 innings in just 16 starts the last two years for Toronto.
Morse signed a two-year deal to play first base in South Beach worth $16 million. He has yet to reach his 2011 numbers when he hit 31 homers with 95 RBI for the Nats, but he still provides plenty of power and is likely to hit behind Giancarlo in the lineup. The Marlins tried to be cute by announcing the deal in Morse code.
Sorry, that was confusing. Translation: -- .- .-. .-.. .. -. ... / ... .. --. -. / -- --- .-. ... .— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) December 17, 2014
Now that Morse is a Marlin, that leaves Garrett Jones without a place to play. So...
3B Martin Prado
RHP David Phelps
1B/OF Garrett Jones
RHP Nate Eovaldi
RHP Domingo German (minors)
Romo signs a two-year deal to stay in the Bay Area. He lost the ability to close out games pre-ASB in 2014, but turned it around after the Break. We'll see whether or not he's established as the Giants closer when 2015 rolls around.
Volquez's career had languished since his All-Star year in 2008, but had an impressive 2014 campaign by posting a 3.04 ERA in 192.2 innings, albeit with a 4.15 FIP. He also led the league with 15 wild pitches. The contract is for two years worth $20 million.
There was no room left for Wilson on the 40-man roster once the Dodgers signed Brandon McCarthy, but the team will still have to pay the remainder of his $9.5 million salary.
Maybe if we're fortunate, we won't have to see that…"thing"…on his face ever again.