>>Mariners To Acquire Justin Ruggiano
(Seattle, WA) -- The Seattle Mariners are adding Justin Ruggiano [[ roo-jee-AH-no ]] to their outfield. FOX Sports reports the M's are sending minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Ruggiano. The 32-year-old hit .281 with six home runs and drove in 28 runs in 81 games for the Cubs last season.
>>Cardinals' Matheny Switching To Number-26
(St. Louis, MO) -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is switching uniform numbers. The skipper will now wear number-26 to honor a late former friend, who passed away November 10th. Matheny gave his old number-22 to new outfielder Jason Heyward, who was acquired from the Braves in a trade last month.
>>Padres, Rays, National Agree To Three-Team Deal
(San Diego, CA) -- Outfielder Wil Myers is headed to San Diego in a three-team deal involving the Padres, Rays and Nationals. ESPN.com reports the Padres will receive Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan and minor leaguer Gerardo Reyes from the Rays. Meanwhile Tampa receives catcher Rene Rivera and minor league pitcher Burch Smith, infielder Jake Bauers and Jose Castillo from San Diego. The Rays also pick up outfielder Steven Souza, and pitching prospect Travis Ott from the Nationals. Washington receives minor league right-hander Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner from the Padres organization. The centerpiece of the deal, Myers, was the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year.
>>Royals Reportedly Agree To Two-Year Deal With Volquez
(Kansas City, MO) -- The Kansas City Royals are adding free-agent pitcher Edinson Volquez to their starting rotation. CBSSports.com reports the two sides have agreed to a two-year contract worth 20-million-dollars. The 31-year-old right-hander went 13-and-7 with a 3.04 ERA last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Volquez will be called upon to help fill the void of pitcher James Shields, who is a free agent and is not expected to return. Volquez is 66-and-59 with a 4.44 ERA in 10 big league seasons with the Rangers, Reds, Padres, Dodgers and Pirates.
>>Orioles' Davis Gets Therapeutic-Use Exemption
(Baltimore, MD) -- Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis is getting a therapeutic-use exemption for the drug that got him suspended for 25 games last season. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters Tuesday that Davis has been cleared to use Adderall during the 2015 season. He received a 25-game ban on September 12th for failing a second test for the drug, and not having an exemption. Davis missed the final 17 games of the regular season and all seven O's playoff games. He still has one game to serve and will miss Opening Day in 2015. After leading the majors with 53 home runs in 2013, Davis hit .196 with 26 bombs last season.
>>Giants Bringing Back RP Romo
he San Francisco Giants have reportedly re-signed reliever Sergio Romo on Wednesday.
According to FOX Sports, Romo and the Giants have agreed on a two-year, $15 million pact.
The right-hander's numbers dipped in 2014 as he finished the year with 23 saves, a 3.72 earned run average and a 6-4 record over 64 games.
Romo, who has been a part of all three of the Giants' World Series teams since 2010, has racked up 78 saves, a 2.51 ERA and a 31-21 record over 405 games spanning seven seasons with San Francisco.
The 31-year-old has also gone 3-1 over 25 career postseason appearances, registering a 2.11 ERA and four saves.