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Angel Villalona has been outrighted to the minor leagues.

Villalona will head back to the minors to make room on the roster for the officially signed Sergio Romo. Villalona once had some real nice upside, but legal troubles helped stunt his development. There's still some pop left in his bat, but the fact that he hasn't broken out yet doesn't bode well for future performance.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

22 Dec, 02:24 PMSource

Pirates were the team who won the bidding on SS Jung-Ho Kang.

It was originally speculated that the Padres won the bidding but it looks like the Buccos will get a chance to negotiate and upgrade their current shortstop, Jordy Mercer. We're not 100-percent sure how they rate against each other defensively, but it's going to be difficult to not hit as well, if not better, than him.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

22 Dec, 12:37 PMSource

Giants officially announce two-year deal with Sergio Romo.

Now the only question that remains is whether or not the Giants will try to use him as their closer again. He was stable for them throughout the first half but stumbled over the summer when the team began to spiral downward. They righted the ship and all went well, but Santiago Casilla still remained in the ninth. We'll see how it goes this spring but Romo has to be the early favorite.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

22 Dec, 12:27 PMSource

Nationals have signed Heath Bell to a minor league deal that includes an invite to spring training.

Bell has been a hot mess over the last few seasons and last year's 7.27 ERA over 17.1 innings for the Rays hasn't inspired many to take a chance on a rebound. The Nationals are making a low-risk move here with the minor-league deal, so there's really nothing bad that can come from this.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

22 Dec, 11:59 AMSource

Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million extension with the Twins.

And why wouldn't he? Hughes put together one of the finest seasons of his career with 16 wins, a 3.52 ERA (2.65 FIP) and a career-best/mind-numbing 11.63 K/BB over 209.2 innings. The confidence he showed while pitching at Target Field, where he could just pound the strike zone without worrying about the ball flying out of the yard, carried over to his road starts and he actually pitched better away from his pitcher-friendly home. He's back on everyone's radar so his ADP will probably make him just a solid starter to own without being as huge a value pick as he was last season.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

22 Dec, 08:54 AMSource

Padres have talked about dealing for Cole Hamels, with newly acquired Wil Myers as trade bait.

These Padres, what's going on here? They've gone from perennial low-cost bottom-feeder to major player in the NL West and with a boost from a starter like Hamels, they could easily turn into favorites for the division. Myers would actually be a much nicer fit in Philadelphia, at least from a fantasy standpoint as you'd love to see him develop his power in more of a hitter's park. Keep an eye on the situation as the Phillies would probably prefer to deal Hamels now than have him lose some value with a slow start to the season.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

22 Dec, 08:52 AMSource

Twins signed Wil Ledezma to a minor league deal.

The 33-year-old has a career 5.40 ERA... No thanks, nothing to see here.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

21 Dec, 10:18 PMSource

According to sources, the Angels have signed Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin after passing his physical on Sunday.

Baldoquin, who turns 21 in May, will likely begin next season in High-A or Double-A. The Angels still have not filled the hole at second base left by the Howie Kendrick trade, and Baldoquin has a chance to move quickly through the minors. He should be a top target in dynasty leagues.
Analyst: Steve Pimental  View Profile

21 Dec, 01:20 PMSource

Agent Scott Boras said Matt Wieters will be ready by Opening Day.

Wieters underwent Tommy John Surgery in May, but is still a long shot to be ready for opening day. He is an overrated catcher because his career slash line is brutal (.257/.320/.423), yet, people still still act like this guy is a top five catcher in fantasy. Yes, his 20 plus home runs in three straight season is solid for a catcher, the rest of his stats are not that great. I'll be avoiding him in all of fantasy baseball leagues next season.
Analyst: Mark Kaplan  View Profile

21 Dec, 11:50 AMSource

Giants GM Brian Sabean said they have no intentions to free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer.

The size of the contract that signing Scherzer will require, along with his age (30), and the draft pick attachment has made some teams shy away from him. At this point it is looking most likely that the Tigers will resign him, though anything can happen--though the Giants look to be out of the bidding.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

20 Dec, 07:42 PM

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Jeremy Hill 5600
Giovani Bernard 4500
Ronnie Hillman 3800
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