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Nov 22, 2014

Giants Rumors: San Francisco to aggressively pursue Yasmany Tomas if Sandoval leaves

The San Francisco Giants are beginning to face the realization that they may no longer have Pablo Sandoval in their lineup. He has gotten top-dollar offers from the Boston Red Sox and reportedly from the San Diego Padres. Should Sandoval end up leaving the Giants, they are reportedly setting their sights on Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas.

Padres Rumors: San Diego offering the highest contract to Pablo Sandoval

The San Diego Padres are desperately seeking to add some pieces this offseason. They finished with a 77-85 record last season, 17 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, and are looking to add players to close that gap. It is a tough sell for the Padres to get players to sign with them, especially hitters, as Petco Park is one of the worst hitter-friendly parks in baseball. They are starting to take a new approach to getting players in San Diego, and it is starting off with third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Twins Rumors: Twins, Wily Mo Pena have mutual interest

Former Major League slugger Wily Mo Pena has not played in the Majors since 2011, but after three years in Japan, he has a very good chance of returning. Twins beat writer Mike Beradino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Saturday that Pena is now an international free agent.

Twins News: Twins win bidding on Korean lefty Hyeon-jong Yang

The Minnesota Twins have won the bidding for Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang, sources tell Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The next step is to sign Yang to a contract, and Berardino tweeted that one is currently in the works. In fact, he says the two sides are "closing in" and should have one completed soon.

Yankees Rumors: Jason Grilli could replace David Robertson as closer

The New York Yankees are trying hard to re-sign closer David Robertson, but they also understand that he may decide to pitch elsewhere, and, in that case, the Yankees will need a genuine closer to step in. One possibility is free agent Jason Grilli, who last pitched for the Los Angeles Angels this season. CBS New York's Sweeny Murti reports that the Yankees have already discussed the possibility.

Dodgers Rumors: Matt Kemp likely to be traded?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a logjam in their outfield. They have been making it known that trading any one of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, or Carl Crawford is very much in play. It was initially believed that the Dodgers preferred to trade Ethier or Crawford, or possibly both, but that may be changing as they field more calls on Kemp.

Oakland Athletics Rumors: Jeff Samardzija not going anywhere?

Rumors have swirled this offseason that the Oakland Athletics were ready to part ways with Jeff Samardzija as they have with many of their other pitchers who have entered the final years of their contracts, but Bob Nightengale of the USA Today is reporting that it doesn't appear that he is going anywhere.

Celtics Rumors: Tyler Zeller to replace Kelly Olynyk at center?

The Boston Celtics have many issues with their team this season. Inconsistency has led to a 4-6 record on the season, good for 9th in the Eastern Conference. Scoring has not been a problem for the Celtics, as they ranked 3rd in the NBA at 106.8 points per game. However, the reason they are only 4-6, is the struggles defensively. Currently they rank 27th in the NBA, allowing 107.5 points per game. Something needs to change to help improve the defense, and that change may come at the center position.

Royals Rumors: Kansas City remains interested in Torii Hunter

The Kansas City Royals remain in the hunt for a new bat. After letting Billy Butler walk in free agency, they are in need of a replacement. I reported earlier about the Royals searching for a bat and it seems they have focused their efforts onto one player, Torii Hunter.

Reds Rumors: Reds could deal Jay Bruce

The Cincinnati Reds are currently in a stage with their team that they do not know what direction to go. They are coming off a down season going 76-86. The roster isn't getting any younger and they have been contemplating what to do. One guy that may get sent packing is Jay Bruce, who had a disastrous 2014 season at the plate.