Thursday rumor roundup 

December, 18, 2014
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The intrigue surrounding the potential deal of Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres continues to undergo more twists and turns than the Serial podcast. Thursday morning, the prevailing feeling was that while there were some reported snags in the trade, everything was still expected to be ironed out by the end of the day.

Market for Asdrubal Cabrera 

December, 18, 2014
Dec 18
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Multiple teams are now looking at Asdrubal Cabrera as a possible addition to their roster for the 2015 season. As Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports, "the Giants, A's, Mets, Cards and Twins (are) among teams to show interest in Cabrera, who could play 3B or 2B as well as SS."

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Braves stuck with B.J. Upton? 

December, 18, 2014
Dec 18
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Although rumors surrounding B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves' desire to send him packing this winter continue to make the rounds, it's beginning to look like there aren't going to be any takers for the outfielder and his huge contract.

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Free-agent pitcher Jake Peavy's last appearance for the San Francisco Giants was a memorable one -- and not in a good way -- as he lost Game 6 of the World Series, allowing five of the 11 batters he faced before getting the hook to score. However, that last appearance may not, in fact, be his last for the team.

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Is Kemp deal in trouble? 

December, 18, 2014
Dec 18
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The San Diego Padres have a deal in place with the Los Angeles Dodgers that would bring outfielder Matt Kemp to the team. However, with a Thursday deadline to finalize the trade, there are concerns as to why the transaction has yet to become official.

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Royals still hunting for SP? 

December, 17, 2014
Dec 17
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The Kansas City Royals have been busy of late adding some bats to their lineup, with the announced signings of Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales. Chances are the team isn't finished making moves just yet.

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Angels shopping Hamilton? 

December, 17, 2014
Dec 17
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BY trading for outfielder Matt Joyce, the Los Angeles Angels got themselves, as ESPN.com's David Schoenfield writes, "an insurance policy for Josh Hamilton. The team lacked another left-handed hitting outfielder behind Hamilton and Kole Calhoun, so if Hamilton is injured, Joyce can move into a left field platoon with Collin Cowgill."

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Desmond leaving DC? 

December, 17, 2014
Dec 17
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Might we have seen the last of Ian Desmond in a Washington Nationals uniform? According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, that may well be the case.

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Myers headed to Padres? 

December, 17, 2014
Dec 17
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The expectation is that Wil Myers will become a member of the San Diego Padres at some point on Wednesday. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Tuesday that the Padres and Tampa Bay Rays were "discussing (a) significant trade. Talks involve a number of players. Wil Myers would be (the) main piece going to San Diego."

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Cards finished making moves? 

December, 16, 2014
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With the signing of Mark Reynolds to a one-year contract last week, the St. Louis Cardinals feel like they've made all the moves that they need to make before the start of the 2015 season. However, that doesn't mean their starting rotation is definitively etched in stone.

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Reds running out of OF options? 

December, 16, 2014
Dec 16
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If the Cincinnati Reds are going to improve their outfield for next season, they're likely to look outside the organization. Unfortunately, with the recent signing of Alex Rios in Kansas City, and the reported Michael Morse deal with Miami, those options are beginning to run out.

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Do Marlins really want Stanton to stay? 

December, 16, 2014
Dec 16
10:33
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Are the Miami Marlins secretly hoping that Giancarlo Stanton decides to leave town when the opt-out clause in his new contract kicks in after the 2020 season? That's what seemed to be intimated by Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly in a recent interview -- a conversation that caused Miami much consternation.

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Headley deal last of Yankees spending? 

December, 16, 2014
Dec 16
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As ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports, the New York Yankees have signed Chase Headley to a four-year deal worth a little more than $50 million. Spending that much money on the third baseman is sure to have multiple repercussions on the makeup of the Yankees 2015 roster.

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Padres a match for Upton? 

December, 15, 2014
Dec 15
12:33
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With the addition of Matt Kemp, the San Diego Padres have made a statement that they're hoping to win games with their offense in 2015 and that they're no longer content to try and simply out-pitch their opponents. However, Kemp won't be able to do it all alone.

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Hamels getting lots of interest? 

December, 15, 2014
Dec 15
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When the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to send Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the move was believed to be the long-expected first step towards a major rebuilding of the aging team's roster. That's why it's not too surprising to learn that a feeding frenzy of sorts has since been created surrounding the potential availability of pitcher Cole Hamels.

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