>>Report: White Sox Sign Robertson
(San Diego, CA) -- The White Sox are making some noise at the MLB Winter Meetings. According to the "USA Today", Chicago signed closer David Robertson to a four-year deal worth over 40-million-dollars. Robertson took over for Mariano Rivera as the Yankees' ninth-inning man last year and locked up 39 saves with a 3.08 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. This isn't all the White Sox are doing. Multiple outlets have them on the verge of acquiring starter Jeff Samardzija through a trade from the Athletics.
>>White Sox Reportedly Acquire Samardzija
(San Diego, CA) -- The Oakland Athletics have reportedly shipped starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija [[ suh-MAR-juh ]] to the Chicago White Sox. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the teams have agreed to a deal, but he did not say what Oakland will receive in return. The 29-year-old Samardzija split time between the A's and Chicago Cubs last season and went combined 7-and-13 with a 2.99 ERA. Samardzija holds a career record of 36-and-48 with a lifetime 3.85 ERA. News of the deal came shortly after "USA Today" reported the White Sox also signed former Yankees closer Dave Robertson to a four-year deal.
>>White Sox Claim Brantly
(San Diego, CA) -- The White Sox claimed catcher Rob Brantly off of waivers from the Marlins on Monday. Brantly hit .255 with four homers and 37 RBI in 101 games in Triple-A last season. The Sox now have five catchers on their 40-man roster.
>>Cubs Bringing Back Hammel
(San Diego, CA) -- The Cubs are bringing free-agent pitcher Jason Hammel [[ HAM-mel ]] back to their rotation. FOX Sports reports the two sides have agreed to a two-year, 20-million-dollar deal. The Cubs dealt Hammel and right-hander Jeff Samadzija [[ suh-MAR-juh ]] to Oakland in July. Hammel went 8-and-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 17 starts for Chicago last season.
>>No Electees From HOF Golden Era Ballot
(San Diego, CA) -- No players will be going into the Baseball Hall of Fame next year via the Golden Era ballot. None of the 10 players on the ballot received enough votes for induction. Infielder Dick Allen and outfielder Tony Oliva fell one vote short and pitcher Jim Kaat [[ Cott ]] was two votes shy of the 12 required for election. The 16-member Golden Era committee is tasked to consider the ballot of candidates whose contributions to the game were most significant from 1947-72. Maury Wills, Minnie Minoso, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Billy Pierce and Luis Tiant were also on the ballot. The committee works on a three-year cycle and won't consider candidates again until 2017.
>>Indians Acquire Brandon Moss
(San Diego, CA) -- The Cleveland Indians are adding a power bat to their lineup. Yahoo! Sports reports the team has acquired slugger Brandon Moss from the Oakland A's in exchange for second base prospect Joe Wendle. Moss crushed 25 home runs last season after hitting 30 long balls in 2013. MLB.com has Wendle rated the Indians' ninth-ranked prospect.
>>Madison Bumgarner Named SI Sportsman Of The Year
(New York, NY) -- World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner is the 2014 "Sports Illustrated" Sportsman of the Year. The award honors "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." Bumgarner led the Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons, while going 2-and-0 in the Fall Classic with a 0.43 ERA in three dominant performances. The 25-year-old is the 14th major leaguer to earn the honor. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was last year's winner.