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Weekend Digest: Padres have a busy week; Yanks keep Headley; Prado to Miami

MLB news from the past week.

Jace Peterson, one of four minor leaguers the Padres traded to the Braves for Justin Upton
Jace Peterson, one of four minor leaguers the Padres traded to the Braves for Justin Upton
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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?

Padres get Wil Myers in three-team trade

Padres get:
OF Wil Myers
C Ryan Hanigan
LHP Jose Castillo (minors)
RHP Gerardo Reyes (minors)

Rays get:
RHP Burch Smith
1B Jake Bauers (minors)
C Rene Rivera
OF Steve Souza
LHP Travis Ott (minors)

Nationals get:
RHP Joe Ross (minors)
SS Trea Turner (minors)

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.

A's send Norris to Padres for pitching

A's get:
RHP Jesse Hahn
RHP R.J. Alvarez

Padres get:
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.

Padres to trade with Boston for Will Middlebrooks

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.

Padres add pitching depth with Brandon Morrow

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.

Marlins bolster offense with Michael Morse

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.

Now that Morse is a Marlin, that leaves Garrett Jones without a place to play. So...

Marlins send Jones, Eovaldi to Yankees for Prado, Phelps

Marlins get:
3B Martin Prado
RHP David Phelps

Yankees get:
1B/OF Garrett Jones
RHP Nate Eovaldi
RHP Domingo German (minors)

The Marlins will also get $6 million to help cover Prado's salary. Braves hitters will be glad to see Eovaldi gone, as he's proven to be a thorn in their side: a 2.42 ERA in 12 career starts and a 1.09 WHIP. Also, the Braves get to see more of Marteen!

Once the Fish landed Prado, McGehee became expendable and is sent to San Fran in return for a pair of A-ball pitchers. So much for trading CJ.

Headley is sure to thrive much more away from Petco Park as evidenced by his numbers after the trade was made.

Pre-trade: .243/.328/.372
Post-trade: .262/.371/.398

His home/road splits also favor road games: .245/.335/.376 at home versus .285/.359/.440 on the road; playing full time at Yankee Stadium is sure to change that. Now that Headley will be the full-time third baseman, that means A-rod is relegated to DH.

Sergio Romo stays with Giants

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.

Royals reach deal with Edinson Volquez

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.

Dodgers DFA Brian Wilson

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.

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