Here’s the morning rundown on the biggest news items from around Major League Baseball for Tuesday, December 8th:
- On Monday morning, it was announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers had agreed to a deal that would bring Aroldis Chapman to Los Angeles, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal. However, this trade has since hit a snag with the Reds telling other teams no deal was complete in the afternoon, and information coming out on Monday evening about a domestic incident from October that reportedly involved Aroldis Chapman.
- In the actual trade news of the day, the Boston Red Sox agreed to a deal with the Seattle Mariners to send starter Wade Miley and reliever Jonathan Aro to the Mariners in return for starter Roenis Elias and reliever Carson Smith. The Mariners also are reportedly pursuing a trade for first baseman Adam Lind, as reported first by Ken Rosenthal.
- As first reported by Jon Heyman, the Detroit Tigers agreed to a two year contract worth $13 million with reliever Mark Lowe.
- The deal between Darren O’Day and the Baltimore Orioles is finally completed, pending a physical, as reported by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The contract is a four year deal worth $31 million in total.
- In miscellaneous news, the Tampa Bay Rays have made an extension offer to pitcher Jake Odorizzi, the Marlins are “making progress” in extension talks with second baseman Dee Gordon, up to fifteen teams are interested in free agent Cliff Lee, and Ben Zobrist hopes to decide on where to sign in next 48 hours.
- Finally, in grievance news, both Jonathan Papelbon, for his suspension without pay following an incident with Bryce Harper, and Maikel Franco and Kris Bryant, for accusations of service time manipulation, have filed official grievances with the league against their respective teams.