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This Week and A Half In Transactions - Winter Meetings Edition

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A crazy week and a half culminates with the end of the Winter Meetings. This particular edition of This Week In Transactions looks at the time frame beginning Wednesday, December 3rd, running until Friday the 12th.

The Cubs new ace, LHP Jon Lester.
The Cubs new ace, LHP Jon Lester.
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The Winter Meetings are now in the books and with it came an absolute blizzard of roster activity. The first domino of the Winter finally fell as Jon Lester hooked up with his old bosses and signed a massive deal with the Chicago Cubs. The market opened up afterwards as we saw more than 10 trades being consummated in the five day span. We'll take a look at all the roster moves that went down in San Diego, along with those that led up to the meetings.

Trades

  • 12/3 - Toronto Blue Jays acquire OF Michael Saunders from the Seattle Mariners for LHP JA Happ.
  • 12/5 - New York Yankees acquire SS Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers acquire RHP Shane Greene from the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks acquire LHP Robbie Ray and 2B Domingo Leyba from the Detroit Tigers.
  • 12/8 - Cleveland Indians acquire 1B/OF Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics for 2B Joe Wendle.
  • 12/9 - Chicago Cubs acquire C Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Jeferson Mejia and RHP Zach Godley.
  • 12/9 - Los Angeles Angels acquire C Drew Butera from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a PTBNL.
  • 12/9 - Chicago White Sox acquire RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Michael Ynoa from the Oakland Athletics for SS Marcus Semien, RHP Chris Bassitt, C Josh Phegley, and 1B Rangel Ravelo.
  • 12/10 - Pittsburgh Pirates acquire LHP Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for LHP Joely Rodriguez.
  • 12/11 - Los Angeles Angels acquire 2B Josh Rutledge from the Colorado Rockies for RHP Jairo Diaz.
  • 12/11 - Boston Red Sox acquire RHP Rick Porcello from the Detroit Tigers for LF Yoenis Cespedes, RHP Alex Wilson, and LHP Gabe Speier.
  • 12/11 - Miami Marlins acquire RHP Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds for RHP Anthony DeSclafani and C Chad Wallach.
  • 12/11 - Miami Marlins acquire 2B Dee Gordon, RHP Dan Haren, IF Miguel Rojas, and $12.5M from the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Andrew Heaney, 2B Enrique Hernandez, RHP Chris Hatcher, C Austin Barnes.
  • 12/11 - Los Angeles Dodgers acquire 2B Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels for LHP Andrew Heaney.
  • 12/11 - Detroit Tigers acquire RHP Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds for SS Eugenio Suarez and RHP Jonathon Crawford.
  • 12/11 - San Diego Padres acquire OF Matt Kemp, C Tim Federowicz, and $32M from the Los Angeles Dodgers for C Yasmani Grandal, RHP Joe Wieland, and RHP Zach Eflin.
  • 12/11 - Los Angeles Angels acquire 2B Taylor Featherston from the Chicago Cubs for OF Cash Money.
  • 12/11 - Kansas City Royals acquire RHP Jandel Gustave from the Boston Red Sox for IF Cash Money.
  • 12/11 - Oakland Athletics acquire 1B Mark Canha from the Colorado Rockies for RHP Austin House and C Cash Money.
  • 12/11 - Baltimore Orioles acquire RHP Jason Garcia from the Houston Astros for 1B Cash Money.
  • 12/11 - Miami Marlins acquire RHP Andre Rienzo from the Chicago White Sox for LHP Dan Jennings.
  • 12/12 - Boston Red Sox acquire RHP Zeke Spruill from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Myles Smith
  • 12/12 - Texas Rangers acquire LHP Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals for 2B Chris Bostick and RHP Abel De Los Santos.
  • 12/12 - Boston Red Sox acquire LHP Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Rubby De La Rosa, RHP Allen Webster, and 2B Raymel Flores.
  • 12/12 - Tampa Bay Rays acquire RHP Buddy Borden from the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete an earlier trade for UT Sean Rodriguez.

MLB Free Agent Signings

  • 12/3 - RF Nick Markakis signs with the Atlanta Braves to a four year, $44M contract.
  • 12/3 - RHP Jim Johnson signs with the Atlanta Braves to a one year, $1.6M guaranteed contract with $900K worth of incentives.
  • 12/3 - 1B Justin Smoak signs with the Toronto Blue Jays to a one year, $1M contract.
  • 12/3 - RHP Eddie Gamboa re-signs with the Baltimore Orioles to a one year, $525K contract.
  • 12/4 - RHP Luke Hochevar re-signs with the Kansas City Royals to a two year, $10M guaranteed contract with incentives and 2017 mutual option valued at $7M with a $500K buyout. Max Contract Value - three years, $17M.
  • 12/5 - SS Clint Barmes signs with the San Diego Padres to a one year, $1.3M guaranteed contract with a 2016 club option valued at $2M with a $200K buyout and $2M worth of incentives. Max Contract Value - two years, $5.3M.
  • 12/5 - LHP Andrew Miller signs with the New York Yankees to a four year, $36M contract. Contract Breakdown: 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 - $9M.
  • 12/8 - RHP David Robertson signs with the Chicago White Sox to a four year, $46M contract with a limited five team no-trade clause. Contract Breakdown: 2015 - $10M, 2016 - $11M, 2017 - $12M, 2018 - $13M.
  • 12/10 - LHP Jon Lester signs with the Chicago Cubs to a six year, $155M contract with a $30M signing bonus ($20M up front, $10M spread out over six years), a full no-trade clause, and 2021 vesting option valued at $25M with a $10M buyout (vests with 200 IP in 2020 or 400+ IP from 2019-2020). Max Contract Value - seven years, $180M.
  • 12/10 - LHP Scott Rice re-signs with the New York Mets to a one year, split contract of an undisclosed amount.
  • 12/11 - RHP Justin Masterson signs with the Boston Red Sox to a one year, $9.5M contract with $2.5M worth of incentives based on IP.
  • 12/11 - 1B Mark Reynolds signs with the St. Louis Cardinals to a one year, $2M contract with unspecified incentives.
  • 12/11 - OF John Mayberry Jr signs with the New York Mets to a one year, $1.45M contract.
  • 12/11 - DH Kendrys Morales signs with the Kansas City Royals to a two year, $17M guaranteed contract with $1.5M worth of incentives and 2017 mutual option of an unknown value.
  • 12/11 - RHP Ervin Santana signs with the Minnesota Twins to a four year, $55M guaranteed contract with 2019 vesting option valued at $14M (vests with 200 IP in 2018). Contract Breakdown: 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 - $13.5M. Max Contract Value - five years, $69M.
  • 12/11 - RHP Brayan Villareal signs with the Minnesota Twins to a one year, $522K split contract.
  • 12/12 - LHP Francisco Liriano re-signs with the Pittsburgh Pirates to a three year, $39M contract.
  • 12/12 - RHP Radhames Liz signs with the Pittsburgh Pirates to a one year contract.
  • 12/12 - RHP Pat Neshek signs with the Houston Astros to a two year, $12.5M guaranteed contract with 2017 club option valued at $6.5M with $500K buyout and $3M worth of incentives based on games finished. Contract Breakdown: 2015 - $5.5M, 2016 - $6.5M. Max Contract Value - three years, $22M.
  • 12/12 - RHP Luke Gregerson signs with the Houston Astros to a three year, $18.5M guaranteed contract with $3.5M worth of incentives. Contract Breakdown: 2015 - $6M, 2016 and 2017 - $6.25M. Max Contract Value - three years, $21M.
  • 12/12 - RHP Jason Hammel signs with the Chicago Cubs to a two year, $20M guaranteed contract with 2017 club option valued at $10M with a $2M buyout. Contract Breakdown: 2015 and 2016 - $9M. Max Contract Value - three years, $30M.
  • 12/12 - RHP Kyuji Fujikawa signs with the Texas Rangers to a one year contract with 2016 club option for an undisclosed amount.

MLB Rule 5 Selections

  • Arizona Diamondbacks - C Oscar Hernandez (from TB)
  • Colorado Rockies - 1B Mark Canha (from MIA, traded to OAK)
  • Texas Rangers - CF Delino DeShields (from HOU)
  • Houston Astros - RHP Jason Garcia (from BOS, traded to BAL)
  • Minnesota Twins - RHP JR Graham (from ATL)
  • Boston Red Sox - RHP Jandel Gustave (from HOU, traded to KC)
  • Chicago Cubs - 2B Taylor Featherston (from COL, traded to LAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies - IF Odubel Herrera (from TEX), LHP Andrew Oliver (from PIT)
  • Miami Marlins - LHP Andrew McKirahan (from CHC)
  • New York Mets - LHP Sean Gilmartin (from MIN)
  • Atlanta Braves - RHP Dan Winkler (from COL)
  • Seattle Mariners - LHP David Rollins (from HOU)
  • Baltimore Orioles - RHP Logan Verrett (from NYM)

Minor League Rule 5 Selections

  • Arizona Diamondbacks - RHP Tim Crabbe (from CIN)
  • Colorado Rockies - RHP Kyle Simon (from PHI)
  • Texas Rangers - 1B Rock Shoulders (from CHC), SS Hiram Martinez (from MIA)
  • Houston Astros - C Luis Flores (from CHC)
  • Minnesota Twins - RHP Greg Peavey (from NYM)
  • Chicago White Sox - RHP Peter Tago (from COL)
  • Chicaco Cubs - OF Ariel Ovando (from HOU)
  • Cincinnati Reds - C Cam Maron (from NYM), RHP Euclides Leyer (from CWS)
  • Miami Marlins - LHP Matt Tomshaw (from MIN), 1B Harold Riggins (from CIN), LHP Alexander Burgos (from DET)
  • San Diego Padres - SS Juan Gamboa (from NYM)
  • Tampa Bay Rays - OF Luis Urena (from PIT), RHP Michael O'Brien (from BAL)
  • Atlanta Braves - C Steven Rodriguez (from AZ)
  • Cleveland Indians - RHP Delvy Francisco (from PHI)
  • San Francisco Giants - RHP Ramon Del Orbe (from MIA), OF Brett Jackson (from AZ)
  • Detroit Tigers - RHP Jheyson Manzueta (from MIA)
  • St. Louis Cardinals - OF Tyler Waldron (from PIT)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers - OF Peter Lavin (from PHI), RHP Alexander Santana (from BAL), RHP Randy Fontanez (from NYM), SS Nathan Samson (from AZ)
  • Baltimore Orioles - OF Sean Halton (from MIL)
  • Los Angeles Angels - IF Chris Curley (from CWS), SS Pedro Ruiz (from AZ), OF Kentrail Davis (from MIL)

DFA's (Designated for Assignment)

  • 12/5 - Los Angeles Dodgers - C Drew Butera (later traded to LAA)
  • 12/8 - Arizona Diamondbacks - RHP Zeke Spruill (later traded to )
  • 12/8 - Cleveland Indians - RHP Bryan Price
  • 12/9 - Oakland Athletics - RHP Jorge De Leon
  • 12/10 - Los Angeles Dodgers - C Ryan Lavarnway
  • 12/11 - Detroit Tigers - RHP Melvin Mercedes
  • 12/11 - Oakland Athletics - 1B Shane Peterson
  • 12/12 - Pittsburgh Pirates - RHP Josh Lindblom
  • 12/12 - Arizona Diamondbacks - LHP Eury De La Rosa

Outrighted off 40-Man Roster

  • 12/8 - Baltimore Orioles - 2B Steve Lombardozzi to AAA, LHP Pat McCoy to AAA
  • 12/8 - Boston Red Sox - 2B Jemile Weeks to AAA
  • 12/8 - Pittsburgh Pirates - RHP Angel Sanchez to AAA

Waiver Claims

  • 12/5 - San Diego Padres - C Ryan Lavarnway (from BOS)
  • 12/8 - Los Angeles Angels - 1B/OF Marc Krauss (from HOU)
  • 12/8 - Toronto Blue Jays - 1B Chris Colabello (from MIN)
  • 12/8 - Texas Rangers - LHP Scott Barnes (from BAL)
  • 12/8 - Pittsburgh Pirates - RHP Josh Lindblom (from OAK)
  • 12/8 - Chicago White Sox - C Rob Brantly (from MIA)

Non-Tenders/Releases

Avoided Arbitration

  • None

MiLB Free Agent Signings

  • 12/3 - San Francisco Giants - C Eliezer Zambrano, LHP Nik Turley
  • 12/3 - Houston Astros - RHP Harlen Florencio
  • 12/3 - Pittsburgh Pirates - LHP Clayton Richard with Spring Training Invite (STI)
  • 12/3 - Toronto Blue Jays - CF Ezequiel Carrera with STI
  • 12/3 - Colorado Rockies - LHP Kraig Sitton
  • 12/4 - Pittsburgh Pirates - C Francisco Diaz
  • 12/4 - Los Angeles Angels - LHP Atahaulpa Severino
  • 12/4 - Seattle Mariners - RHP Justin Germano
  • 12/4 - Milwaukee Brewers - 2B Hailey Statia
  • 12/4 - Atlanta Braves - RHP Michael Kohn with STI
  • 12/4 - Texas Rangers - LHP Michael Kirkman
  • 12/5 - Los Angeles Angels - RHP Yoslan Herrera
  • 12/5 - Minnesota Twins - RF Shane Robinson, LHP Edgar Ibarra
  • 12/7 - Cleveland Indians - C Adam Moore
  • 12/9 - Miami Marlins - CF Kenny Wilson, RF Cole Gillespie, 3B Reid Brignac, RHP Ryan Chaffee, RHP Ryan Reid, LHP Pat Urkfitz, LHP Chris Narveson C Jhonatan Solano, all with STI
  • 12/11 - Texas Rangers - RHP Ross Wolf, OF Antoan Richardson, and RHP Anthony Bass, all with STI
  • 12/11 - Los Angeles Angels - LHP Scott Snodgress with STI
  • 12/11 - New York Yankees - IF Nick Noonan
  • 12/11 - Miami Marlins - OF Scott Sizemore
  • 12/12 - Tampa Bay Rays - C Bobby Wilson, LF Eugenio Velez, OF Corey Brown, all with STI
  • 12/12 - Baltimore Orioles - RHP Chaz Roe
  • 12/12 - Toronto Blue Jays - RHP Wilton Lopez, OF Caleb Gindl, 1B/3B Jake Fox, all with STI

Retirements

  • None

Foreign Signings

  • OF Nyjer Morgan signs with the Hanwha Eagles (KBO) to a one year contract for an undisclosed amount.
  • OF Jeremy Hermida signs with the Nippon Ham Fighters (NPB) to a one year, $500K contract.
  • LHP Wade LeBlanc signs with the Seibu Lions (NPB) to a one year contract for an undisclosed amount.

All transaction information was obtained from MLB Trade Rumors and the MLB.com Transaction page.