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Washington made a statement this week by signing Daniel Murphy, but the organization's front office was reportedly split with regard to the decision to sign the veteran infielder, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman:
Was split camp for nats on Murphy. 2 pluses tho: rival mets best contact hitter, lefthanded— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 25, 2015
FOX baseball broadcasts will not look the same next season, as Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will be replaced by John Smoltz in 2016.
They’re ditching the three-man booth and hiring one man, former Braves pitcher and recent Hall of Fame inductee John Smoltz, to replace both of them. Smoltz has called games for MLB Network and is genuine, likable, and can distill the on-field action in a way many fans can enjoy. Those are valuable skills, and Fox is hoping Smoltz can bring them to World Series games.
Pittsburgh signed catcher John Jaso to a two-year, $8 million deal.
Alexi Ogando gets a minor league deal from the Braves:
Ogando is considered a strong candidate to make the Braves out of spring training, according to a source. He joins Bud Norris, Jim Johnson, Gordon Beckham, A.J. Pierzynski and Emilio Bonifacio as veterans to join the Braves on short-term deals this winter as the team looks for possible midseason trade chips as it continues its rebuilding process.
While some believe Jose Fernandez has become more blunt with members of Miami's front office, Dan Haren told Bleacher Report Fernandez does not have much of an attitude issue.
Detroit could be waiting for the price for Yoenis Cespedes to drop:
The #Tigers appear to be sitting back waiting for Yoenis Cespedes, whose price may be dropping.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 24, 2015
The Mets could be looking at a payroll over $100 million next season:
In fairness, after Mets add a backup outfielder and another setup man, payroll will probably be $112 million or so. (Ducking!)— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) December 24, 2015
Kansas City might be a fit for Yovani Gallardo:
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