Top of the Order- December 14th-17th: Further Movement and Minor Transactions

Given the relative quiet following the conclusion of this year’s Winter Meetings, here’s the morning rundown on the biggest news items from around Major League Baseball for the week of December 14th-17th:

  • In the biggest news of the week, on Monday afternoon the San Francisco Giants agreed to a six year contract worth a total of $130 million with free agent right hander Johnny Cueto.
  • The Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Cincinnati Reds completed a three team trade on Tuesday that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox and three prospects to both the Dodgers and Reds respectively.
  • The Cleveland Indians agreed to a one year contract worth $7 million with free agent first baseman/DH Mike Napoli on Wednesday.
  • In trade talks, the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds are discussing a trade for second baseman Brandon Phillips, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
  • Due to some medical concerns after his physical, the Dodgers are reportedly backing out of their deal with right hander Hisashi Iwakuma, although a new deal could still be agreed upon. In a side note, according to Jon Heyman of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays are discussing a trade that would send Jake Odorizzi to the Dodgers.
  • The Baltimore Orioles agreed to terms with Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim on a deal worth $7 million over two years, as first reported by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
  • In minor free agent news, the Indians signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a one year contract, the Pirates re-signed utility man Sean Rodriguez, the Mets re-signed RHP Bartolo Colon, the Rangers signed reliever Tony Barnette, the Rockies signed Mark Reynolds, and the Angels signed Daniel Nava.
  • Finally, Brandon Morrow (Padres), Edward Mujica, Andrew Bailey (Phillies), Wade LeBlanc (Blue Jays), Joe Thatcher (Indians), and Fernando Abad (Twins) all signed minor league deals with their respective teams this week.
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