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Padres active at Meetings, with more to come
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A year ago, Padres general manager A.J. Preller utilized the Winter Meetings to lay the groundwork for several notable deals that occurred during the following weeks.

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Padres trade 2 for Braves' Bethancourt
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The Padres acquired catcher Christian Bethancourt from the Braves for right-hander Casey Kelly and catcher Ricardo Rodriguez on Thursday.

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Loretta, R. Alomar top the list of Padres second basemen
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Second base hasn’t exactly been a position of strength for the Padres over the years.Thirty-one different players have opened the season as the Padres second baseman. Tim Flannery is the only player ever to start more than 500 games at second as a Padre – and he was never the Padres second baseman on Opening […]

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Nats sign southpaw Laffey to Minors deal
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The Nationals have signed left-hander Aaron Laffey to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the team announced on Friday.

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Source: Nats moving closer to Phillips deal
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A baseball source said there is an “85 to 90 percent” chance that Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will waive his no-trade protection and become a member of the Nationals. However, The Washington Post reported that as of Friday night the Nationals and Reds had made no progress because Phillips had not yet agreed to […]

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Mets introduce Walker at holiday party
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Unlike Steven Matz, whose Santa suit covered him head to toe, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, whose elf costume made him look more like a cartoon character than an outfielder, Neil Walker attended the Mets’ annual holiday party on Tuesday wearing his jersey. It was the latest model, No. 20 — his father’s number, which Walker could […]

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Fernandez buzz surrounds Marlins' Meetings
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Turning the early portion of the Winter Meetings into the Jose Fernandez Sweepstakes was never the Marlins’ intention. It just happened to play out that way as the club spent nearly 48 straight hours fielding calls from roughly 20 teams interested in the All-Star right-hander.

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Mathis returning to Marlins on one-year deal
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Jeff Mathis, a valued clubhouse leader and dependable backup catcher, has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Marlins. Mathis will earn $1.5 million, the same figure he made in 2015.

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Giants setting up for more even-year magic
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There’s just no way the San Francisco Giants do this thing again, is there? Tell me that’s not where we’re headed. It defies logic. It defies parity, too. If I’m running one of baseball’s other 29 franchises, that’s what I’m telling myself.

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Dodgers claim Reynolds, Fields off waivers
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The Dodgers on Monday claimed right-handed pitcher Danny Reynolds from the Angels and outfielder Daniel Fields from the Brewers, giving them 38 players on the 40-man roster.

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Roberts' first Meetings a flurry of activity
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The Dodgers are reportedly signing free agents, trading for All-Star closers, about to name a coaching staff, but making nothing official. “You come here, and there’s a lot of things going, a lot of balls in the air,” new manager Dave Roberts said in his first Winter Meetings interview session.

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Dodgers host Holiday Party for local children
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The Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation hosted more than 300 pre-selected schoolchildren from the community at the annual Children’s Holiday Party at Dodger Stadium on Friday.

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