Posadas suing former financial advisors

Former New York Yankee catcher Jorge Posada and his wife have filed a lawsuit in Miami against their former financial advisors who, the Posada's claim cost them over $11 million. The case could be settled before it reaches the courts, however. An ESPN report last night says the two sides are closing in on a settlement. The two defendants in the suit are identified as Juan Carlos Collar and Anthony Fernanez. They are represented by Coral Gables attorney Gus Lamelas, who publicly announced that the sides have agreed in principle. Barry Lax, who represents the Posadas, took issue with Lamelas for going public with what Lax called a private matter.

Gavin Floyd inks one year deal with Cleveland

The Cleveland Indians have signed pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $4 million contract. Floyd hopes to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery. Floyd played briefly with Atlanta last season. The 31-year old broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curve ball in a June game. After surgery, Floyd wasn't allowed to throw again until well past the end of the season. The injury occurred in Floyd's ninth start as a Brave. He was coming off Tommy John surgery when the Braves signed him. Floyd has also played with the Phillies and White Sox and has a career record of 72 wins and 72 losses with a career ERA of 4.40 in 196 starts.

Ervin Santana signs four year deal with Twins

Ervin Santana, whom the Atlanta Braves did not try to re-sign after his one year in Atlanta, agreed to terms yesterday with the Minnesota Twins on a 4-year, $55 million deal. The right-hander, who went 14-10 for the Braves last season, will become a Twin once he passes the required physical. Santana could earn an additional $14 million in 2019 if he throws more than 200 innings, something he has done in five of his ten big league seasons. The Braves, who struggled down the stretch and blew their playoff chances, also lost Aaron Harang, Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, none of whom were offered a 2015 contract.

Baumgarner SI's Sportsman of the Year

The awards keep coming for San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Baumgarner. Yesterday the Cy Young and NL MVP winner was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Baumgarner becomes the first Giant to win the award, and is the first baseball player to win it since 2009. The story was first reported in the San Jose Mercury News.

Braves sign outfielder Markakis, pitcher Johnson

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms on a four year contract with 31-year old outfielder Nick Markakis , pending a physical. Terms of the contract were not revealed. Markakis has played nine years with the Baltimore Orioles. He batted .276 last season with 14 home runs and 50 runs batted in. The deal was the second announced yesterday by the Braves. Earlier, the team agreed to a one-year deal with relief pitcher Jim Johnson, who had an unimpressive 7.09 ERA last year, splitting the season between Oakland and Detroit.

Medlen, Beachy made free agents by Braves

Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy hope to recover from their second Tommy John surgeries and play baseball again in 2015. But chances are they won't be in an Atlanta Braves uniform. The two pitchers were made free agents yesterday by the Braves, who have gotten little from the two pitchers over the past two seasons. Each missed the entire 2014 season after they were injured on consecutive days during last year's spring training. Both could be re-signed as free agents at a later date, a Braves spokesman said. Reliever Gus Schlosser also became a free agent. The Braves offered contracts to arbitration-eligible pitchers Mike Minor, James Russell and David Carpenter.

Smoltz among newcomers on 2015 Hall of Fame ballot

Seventeen newcomers will be on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez are among the new players on the ballot, which also includes Craig Biggio who fell just two votes short in 2014 balloting. The holdover list also includes Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines. Smoltz hopes to join his former teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, who were inducted this year along with Frank Thomas.

LaRoche headed to White Sox, report says

Adam LaRoche has added another decal to his suitcase. The much-traveled former Atlanta Brave reportedly has agreed to terms of a 2-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, a deal the team has yet to confirm, however. If confirmed by the White Sox, and it appears to be just a formality, LaRoche would be paid $25 million over the next two seasons. He played for the Washington Nationals. He played briefly in the American League in 2009, six games with the Red Sox, but has spent most of his career in the National League, including two stints with the Braves. He also played for the Pirates, the Diamondbacks as well as the Nationals. LaRoche, a first baseman, will be used as the designated hitter with the White Sox, who have rookie of the year Jose Abreu at first base.

Dodgers seek bullpen help, trade for Rays' Peralta

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the National League's best starting pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, and a good supporting cast. Yesterday the team dealt for veteran relief pitcher Joel Peralta in trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. The trade was the first big move since Andrew Friedman left the Rays after ten years to become president of baseball operations for the Dodgers. Along with Peralta, the Dodgers get minor league left-hander Adam Liberatore and give up minor league right-handers Jose Dominquez and Greg Harris. In 2014, the Dodgers bullpen ranked 12th in the National League, with an ERA of 3.80. The Rays also designated 39-year old catcher Jose Molina for assignment. Molina is the brother of St. Louis Cardinals all-star catcher Yadier Molina and former major league Benji Molina.

Heyward dealt to Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller

For the second day in a row, the Atlanta Braves have announced a trade. This time, it's a big one. The Braves dealt right fielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller. Jordan Walden also goes to the Cardinals, and minor lealgue pit cher Tyrell Jenkins comes to Atlanta along with Miller. The move could be a good one for Heyward, the McDonough resident who was one of the bright spots in a stagnated Atlanta offense last season. The Cardinals were looking for an outfielder after the untimely death of their top outfield prospect Oscar Tavares in a car crash last month hi his native Dominican Republic. Miller, one of the Cardinal's top pitching prospects, is expected to fill a void left by the departure of veterans Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang, both signed to one-year deals last year. The trade would also appear to open up left field for Evan Gattis, with Justin Upton moving to right field, his natural position, with Christian Bethancourt taking over fulltime as catcher. Then again, there are those rumors that the Braves would trade both Gattis and Upton, who becomes a free agent after next season.

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