Top of the Order: December 6th – Another One Off the Board

Here’s the morning rundown on the biggest news items from around Major League Baseball for Sunday, December 6th:

  • In response to the Diamondbacks signing top target Zack Greinke, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms with free agent Jeff Samardzija on a five-year deal worth $90 million.
  • Ben Zobrist is expected to make his decision very soon, with the Mets heavily involved in discussions with the free agent second baseman.
  • It appears the Giants, Dodgers, and Mariners are three of the teams most heavily involved in talks with free agent right hander Hisashi Iwakuma, according to reports by Ken Rosenthal.
  • Even after the Giants signed Samardzija, they are also still interested in Mike Leake, according to a report by Buster Olney of ESPN.
  • Free agent Japanese right hander Kenta Maeda apparently would favor signing with the Dodgers, according to a report by Patrick Newman
  • Up to five different teams have made contact with non-tendered first baseman Pedro Alvarez and ten teams have shown interest in pitcher Henderson Alvarez.
  • According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Cubs are exploring a trade for a “top closer” and the Houston Astros are exploring Drew Storen as a backup trade option if they do not get another high profile closer.
  • Finally, the San Diego Padres would appear to prefer to trade Andrew Cashner and would only trade Tyson Ross if the return was enormous, according to reports by Jon Heyman.
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