Top of the Order: December 3rd – The Non-Tender Deadline

Here’s the morning rundown on the biggest news items from around Major League Baseball for Wednesday, December 3rd:

  • The Astros have discussed trades with both the Phillies and Rays, for Ken Giles and Jake McGee/Brad Boxberger respectively, in order to bolster their bullpen. Talks with the Phillies about Giles stalled when the Phillies brought up Lance McCullers Jr. and Vincent Velasquez in the trade talks, according to a report by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
  • The San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics completed a trade that sent 1st baseman Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the Athletics in return for pitcher Drew Pomeranz and minor league pitcher Jose Torres.
  • At a press conference announcing the signing of Byung Ho Park, Twins general manager Terry Ryan made it clear that the Twins do not intend to trade 3rd baseman Trevor Plouffe this offseason.
  • According to a tweet by ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Jeff Samardzija reportedly already has at least one $100 million contract offer from a mystery team.
  • As first tweeted by’s Alden Gonzalez, the Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Colin Cowgill from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for cash considerations.
  • In non-tender news, Pedro Alvarez, Chris Carter, Steve Cishek, Henderson Alvarez, Greg Holland, Cesar Ramos, Tyler Flowers, Will Middlebrooks, and Mike Minor, were the most notable players who were not tendered a contract and will become free agents this offseason.
  • Finally, in a late evening trade, the Tampa Bay Rays acquired catcher Hank Conger from the Houston Astros in exchange for cash considerations, as first reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

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