Top of the Order: December 2nd – The Stove is HOT

Here’s the morning rundown on the biggest news items from around Major League Baseball for Tuesday, December 2nd:

  • Perhaps the biggest free agent of the entire offseason has found his new home. On Tuesday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox inked David Price to a seven-year deal worth a total of $217 million, good for an average annual value of $31 million. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe was the first to break the story.
  • In other big free agent pitching news, Zack Greinke is expected to get a deal in the range of six years and $192 million. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Greinke is expected to choose between the Dodgers and Giants sometime in the next 48 hours.
  • On Tuesday night, the Seattle Mariners completed a deal sending first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo to the Baltimore Orioles in return for Steve Clevenger as well as a second unnamed player, as first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.
  • In other Orioles news, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun was the first to report that the Orioles have made a competitive offer to free agent reliever Darren O’Day. A decision is expected soon.
  • The Minnesota Twins announced on Tuesday that they had completed a deal with Korean player Byung-Ho Park. The contract is a four-year deal worth $12 million on top of the $12 million that the Twins paid to negotiate with him.
  • The Atlanta Braves have continually asked the Arizona Diamondbacks for A.J. Pollock in return for a possible trade of Shelby Miller, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
  • According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Barry Bonds “tentatively” plans to accept the Marlins hitting coach job, although negotiations are yet to be completed.
  • Finally, according to Jerry Crasnick, the Houston Astros are currently shopping Chris Carter and are also listening to offers on outfielder Jake Marisnick.
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