HOT STOVE: December

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December tends to be the busiest month of the offseason, and as it gets underway, make sure to keep up to date with all transactions (waiver claims, Rule 5 selections, trades, signings) with Ground Rule Triple’s Hot Stove monthly articles.

  • Mariners sign Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year deal worth $11 million
  • Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals for the Braves’ #17 prospect Chris Ellis, #21 John Gant, and #29 Luke Dykstra
  • Angels acquire the Royals’ #22 prospect Brooks Pounders from the Royals for prospect Jared Ruxer
  • Nationals acquire All-Star Derek Norris from the Padres for Pedro Avila
  • Cubs sign Brian Duensing to a one-year deal worth $2 million
  • Dbacks sign Jeff Mathis to a two-year deal worth $4 million
  • Astros sign 9x All-Star Carlos Beltran to a one-year deal worth $16 million
  • Yankees sign 7x All-Star Matt Holliday to a one-year deal worth $13 million

WINTER MEETINGS:

Day 1:

  • Blue Jays sign Steve Pearce to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million
  • Giants sign 3x All-Star Mark Melancon to a four-year deal worth $62 million with an opt-out clause after two years
  • Dodgers re-sign Rich Hill to a three-year deal worth $48 million
  • Phillies sign Joaquin Benoit to a one-year deal worth $7.5 million

Day 2:

  • Red Sox acquire Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for Travis Shaw, Red Sox’ #22 prospect Josh Pennington, and Red Sox’ #12 prospect Mauricio Dubon
  • Red Sox acquire 5x All-Star Chris Sale from the White Sox for the Red Sox’ #1 and MLB’s #1 overall prospect Yoan Moncada, Red Sox’ #5 and MLB’s #30 overall prospect Michael Kopech, Red Sox’ #8 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe, and Red Sox’ #28 prospect Victor Diaz (Moncada is White Sox’ #1, Kopech is their #2)
  • Red Sox sign Gold Glover Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million
  • Rays sign All-Star Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million
  • Rangers re-sign 2x All-Star Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $11.5 million
  • Dbacks sign 3x All-Star Fernando Rodney to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million

Day 3:

  • Cubs acquire 2x All-Star Wade Davis from the Royals for Jorge Soler
  • Marlins sign All-Star Jeff Locke to a one-year deal worth $3 million
  • Rockies sign 2x All-Star Ian Desmond to a five-year deal worth $70 million with a club option (worth an additional $13 million). The Rockies will forfeit the #11 overall pick in the draft
  • Marlins re-sign Dustin McGowan to a one-year deal
  • Marlins sign A.J. Ellis to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million
  • Nationals acquire Adam Eaton from the White Sox for the Nationals’ #1 and MLB’s #3 overall prospect Lucas Giolito, Nationals’ #3 and MLB’s #38 overall prospect Reynaldo Lopez, and the Nationals’ #6 prospect Dane Dunning (Giolito is now the White Sox’ #2, Lopez is the White Sox’ #4)
  • Mariners acquire Chris Heston from the Giants for a PTBNL
  • Yankees sign 4x All-Star Aroldis Chapman to a five-year deal worth $86 million with an opt-out after year three

RULE 5 DRAFT:

  1. Twins: Miguel Diaz, Brewers (#21 prospect)
  2. Reds: Luis Torrens, Yankees (#17 prospect)
  3. Padres: Allen Córdoba, Cardinals (#19 prospect)
  4. Rays: Kevin Gadea, Mariners
  5. Braves: Armando Rivera, Cubs
  6. Dbacks: Tyler Jones, Yankees
  7. Brewers: Caleb Smith, Yankees
  8. Angels: Justin Haley, Red Sox
  9. White Sox: Dylan Covey, Athletics (#20 prospect)
  10. Pirates: Tyler Webb, Yankees
  11. Tigers: Daniel Stumpf, Royals
  12. Orioles: Aneury Tavarez, Red Sox
  13. Blue Jays: Glenn Sparkman, Royals
  14. Red Sox: Josh Rutledge, Rockies
  15. Indians: Hoby Milner, Phillies
  16. Rangers: Mike Hauschild, Astros
  17. Reds (2): Stuart Turner, Twins
  18. Orioles (2): Anthony Santander, Indians
  • Twins acquire the Angels’ Rule 5 pick Justin Haley for cash
  • Cubs acquire the Brewers’ Rule 5 pick Caleb Smith for a PTBNL or cash
  • Padres acquire the Twins’ Rule 5 pick Miguel Diaz and the Reds’ Rule 5 pick Luis Torrens. The Reds and Twins will each acquire cash or a PTBNL. (Diaz is the Padres’ new #22 prospect, Torrens is #23)

 

  • Cubs sign All-Star Koji Uehara to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million
  • Rangers acquire Tyrell Jenkins and Brady Feigl from the Braves for the Rangers’ #15 prospect Luke Jackson
  • Cardinals sign All-Star Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal worth $82.5 million. The Cardinals will forfeit the #19 overall pick in the draft
  • Astros sign #4 international prospect Cionel Perez to a $2 million deal
  • Angels acquire Danny Espinosa from the Nationals for Austin Adams and the Angels’ #20 prospect Kyle McGowin
  • Dodgers re-sign All-Star Kenley Jansen to a five-year deal worth $80 million with an opt-out after year three
  • Dodgers re-sign Justin Turner to a four-year deal worth $64 million
  • Brewers acquire Jett Bandy from the Angels for Martin Maldonado and Drew Gagnon
  • White Sox sign Derek Holland to a one-year deal worth $6 million
  • Orioles sign Wellington Castillo to a one-year deal worth $6 million with a player option worth $7 million
  • Rockies sign Mike Dunn to a three-year deal worth $18 million
  • Marlins sign Junichi Tazawa to a two-year deal worth $12 million
  • Marlins sign Brad Ziegler to a two-year deal worth $16 million
  • Giants sign 2007 NL MVP Jimmy Rollins to a minor-league deal
  • Pirates sign Silver Slugger pitcher Daniel Hudson to a two-year deal worth $11 million
  • Phillies acquire 2x All-Star Clay Buccholz from the Red Sox for prospect Josh Tobias
  • Indians acquire prospect Nick Goody from the Yankees for a PTBNL or cash
  • Padres re-sign Clayton Richard to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million
  • Pirates re-sign Ivan Nova to a three-year deal worth $26 million
  • Indians sign 3x All-Star Edwin Encarnación to a three-year deal worth $60 million and a club option worth $25 million
  • Athletics sign the #3 international prospect Norge Ruiz
  • Reds claim Tyrell Jenkins from the Rangers
  • Tigers sign All-Star Alex Avila to a one-year deal worth $2 million
  • Angels sign Ben Revere to a one-year deal worth $4 million
  • Giants sign Michael Morse to a minor-league deal
  • Rockies sign Alexi Amarista to a one-year deal with a club option 
  • Tigers sign All-Star Edward Mujica to a minor league deal 

Make sure to keep checking the article for all the latest transactions in the month of December! All prospect rankings are from MLB Pipeline

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