Top of the Order: December 7th – The Dodgers Respond

Here’s the morning rundown on the biggest news items from around Major League Baseball for Monday, December 7th:

  • In the night-cap to the Sunday news cycle, the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with free agent right hander Hisashi Iwakuma on a three-year deal, as first reported by Jon Heyman of
  • In other Dodger news, the team announced the signing of Chase Utley to a one year deal, as tweeted by Jeff Passan of YahooSports.
  • In the final big bit of Dodgers news from Sunday, the Dodgers are reportedly discussing a trade with the Reds that would net the Dodgers Aroldis Chapman, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
  • The Detroit Tigers announced the signing of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a one year contract for the league minimum. Up to six or seven other teams were also reportedly interested in the veteran catcher.
  • The Baltimore Orioles and Darren O’Day seem to be close to agreeing to a four year contract, although the contract negotiations had not yet been completed as of this writing.
  • Both the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics have expressed interest in free agent pitcher Scott Kazmir. The Dodgers are also reportedly showing interest.
  • Finally, the Kansas City Royals and Chris Young are close to a two year deal worth approximately $10-11 million, as first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

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