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 CBSsports.com.
- 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.