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12/16/2017 Charlie Culberson, Atl, SS
The Dodgers sent Culberson, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, left-hander Scott Kazmir, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and cash to Atlanta on Saturday for outfielder Matt Kemp.

Analysis: Culberson is known for a pair of memorable homers with the Dodgers. His game-ending drive against Colorado in the 2016 regular-season finale clinched the NL West title. He also went deep in Game 2 of the World Series last season.
12/16/2017 Brandon McCarthy, Atl, P
The Dodgers sent McCarthy, left-hander Scott Kazmir, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta on Saturday for outfielder Matt Kemp.

Analysis: McCarthy was 11-7 with a 4.51 ERA in 29 starts over three seasons with the Dodgers. The 34-year-old right-hander missed most of 2015 and 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He went on the DL three times last season.
12/16/2017 Scott Kazmir, Atl, P
The Dodgers sent Kazmir, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta on Saturday for outfielder Matt Kemp.

Analysis: Kazmir didn't pitch last season because of a hip injury, one of many in his career. The 33-year-old left-hander went 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 starts in 2016, his first with the Dodgers.
12/16/2017 Adrián González, Atl, 1B
The Dodgers sent Gonzalez, oft-injured starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta on Saturday for outfielder Matt Kemp. Gonzalez then was designated for assignment by the Braves.

Analysis: The 35-year-old Gonzalez helped the Dodgers win five straight National League West division titles after being acquired from the Red Sox in August 2012. He was an All-Star in 2015 and led the NL in RBIs in 2014, but went on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his back last season for the first time in his career. He was usurped at first base by NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger.
12/16/2017 Matt Kemp, LAD, LF
Kemp is returning to the place where he began his major league career, reacquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, oft-injured starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta for the 33-year-old Kemp. Gonzalez then was designated for assignment by the Braves.

Analysis: Kemp played for the Dodgers from 2006-14, hitting 182 home runs, fourth-most in Los Angeles history. The outfielder hit .276 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 23 doubles in 115 games last season with the Braves.
12/15/2017 Matt Moore, Tex, P
The Rangers and Giants have agreed to a trade that will send Moore to Texas for prospects. The deal is contingent upon all players involved passing physicals.

Analysis: Moore is owed an affordable $7 million in 2018, but he's coming off the worst season of his seven-year tenure in the majors. The 28-year-old lefty went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 games (31 starts) in 2017. He does have a track record of success in the AL, however, having gone 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA with the Rays in 2013. Moore joins Mike Minor and Doug Fister has new additions to a Texas rotation that wasn't a strength last season.
12/15/2017 Héctor Rondón, Hou, P
Reliever Hector Rondon has agreed to a two-year contract with the World Series champion Houston Astros.

Analysis: The 29-year-old right-hander spent the last five years with the Chicago Cubs, where he went 18-13 with a 3.22 ERA and 77 saves. He went 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA and a career-best 10.83 strikeouts per nine innings last season.
12/14/2017 Fernando Rodney, Min, P
The Minnesota Twins and closer Fernando Rodney agreed to a one-year contract, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. SiriuxXM reported that the deal is worth $4.5 million, with incentives that could raise its value to $6 million.

Analysis: Rodney, who recorded a 5-4 mark with a 4.23 ERA, converted 39 of 45 save opportunities last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The three-time All-Star tossed 10 2/3 hitless innings while striking out 16 from May 26-July 2.
12/14/2017 Stephen Piscotty, Oak, RF
The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday for minor league infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Analysis: Piscotty batted .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season with the Cardinals. He is signed to a six-year contract through the 2022 season.
12/14/2017 Brandon Kintzler, Was, P
Kintzler agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. USA Today Sports reported that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million.

Analysis: The Nationals acquired Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline in July for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international bonus pool allocation.
12/14/2017 Steve Cishek, ChC, P
The Chicago Cubs and right-handed sinkerballer Steve Cishek have agreed to a two-year deal, multiple outlets reported on Thursday.

Analysis: Cishek recorded a 3-2 mark with a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances last season with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays acquired Cishek and cash considerations from the Mariners in July for left-hander Erasmo Ramirez.
12/14/2017 Anthony Swarzak, NYM, P
The New York Mets agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with reliever Anthony Swarzak, multiple outlets reported.

Analysis: Swarzak bolstered Milwaukee's bullpen down the stretch last season and finished with a 6-4 mark with two saves, a 2.33 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 70 relief appearances with the Chicago White Sox and Brewers.
12/13/2017 Michael Pineda, Min, P
The Minnesota Twins signed former New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda on Wednesday to a two-year contract worth $10 million.

Analysis: Pineda was placed on the disabled list in mid-July with a right UCL injury and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on July 18. He might not be available for the 2018 season as he continues his rehab but would be ready for spring 2019.
12/13/2017 Drew Smyly, ChC, P
Smyly has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Cubs.

Analysis: Smyly will spend much of that first season recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in late June, but could prove to be a bargain if he returns to pre-injury form. The lefty went 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA over five seasons with Detroit and Tampa Bay before missing all of 2017 with elbow issues while with the Mariners. His addition may be a sign the Cubs won't be re-signing former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.
12/12/2017 Bryan Shaw, Col, P
The Rockies have signed Shaw to a three-year contract, with ESPN reporting the deal to be worth around $9 million per season.

Analysis: Shaw was both durable and dependable over five seasons with the Indians, appearing in at least 70 games in each of those years, and the 56.3 percent ground ball rate he posted in 2017 should play well in Coors Field. The 30-year-old right-hander may have an opportunity to close in Colorado, as it's unclear if the Rockies will bring back free-agent Greg Holland or add another late-inning arm.
12/12/2017 Bryan Mitchell, SD, P
The New York Yankees traded Chase Headley along with right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.

Analysis: Mitchell, 26, posted a 1-1 mark with a 5.79 ERA in 32 2/3 innings in 2017.
12/12/2017 Jabari Blash, NYY, RF
The New York Yankees traded Chase Headley along with right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.

Analysis: Blash, 28, batted .213 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 61 games last season.
12/12/2017 Chase Headley, SD, 3B
Headley appears to be on his way back to San Diego. The New York Yankees traded the third baseman along with right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.

Analysis: Headley, who began his career with San Diego in 2007, was traded from the Padres to the Yankees prior to the 2014 trade deadline. The 33-year-old switch hitter batted .273 with 12 home runs and 61 RBIs in 147 games last season.
12/11/2017 Pat Neshek, Phi, P
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that Neshek is returning to the Philadelphia Phillies. Neshek will get a $16.5 million, two-year contact pending a successful physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because there was no official announcement on the agreement.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Neshek was an All-Star last year in his first season in Philadelphia. The Phillies then traded him to playoff-contending Colorado in late July for three prospects. The side-slinging righty was a combined 5-3 with one save and a 1.59 ERA in 71 games. He had a 1.12 ERA in 43 games for the last-place Phillies.
12/11/2017 Jimmy Nelson, Mil, P
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell has reiterated that ace Jimmy Nelson will not resume throwing until spring training and won't be ready for opening day as he comes back from a shoulder injury.

Analysis: Nelson was 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA last season. The right-hander was hurt Sept. 8 diving back to first after rounding the base after getting a single.
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