Less than five months after acquiring Yoenis Cespedes as part of a big deadline deal, the
Boston sent Cespedes to the Tigers on Thursday for right-hander
"We were not looking to trade Yoenis Cespedes," Boston General Manager Ben Cherington said. "But as we got into the off-season and looked at what our alternatives were, and we needed to build our rotation, and the depth we had in the outfield — we feel good about the outfield group that we have. Just felt it made sense."
The Red Sox acquired Cespedes in July in the deal that sent
Boston was also trying to finalize a deal with free agent right-hander
Porcello does not turn 26 until later this month, but he has plenty of experience. He made his debut with Detroit in 2009 as a 20-year-old, and he has been a mainstay in the Tigers' rotation ever since. He is coming off a season in which he set career bests with 15 wins, a 3.43 earned-run average and 204 innings pitched.
"We feel he's been one of the better starting pitchers in baseball," Cherington said. "He's been on a staff with a lot of big-name pitchers so he gets buried in the names in Detroit. But he's been really good in his own right."
Detroit also acquired right-handed starter Alfredo Simon from Cincinnati on Thursday.
The Miami Marlins are serious about contending in the
Miami acquired right-hander
"We want to build and we want to be competitive every year, and we want our team to play into October," said Mike Hill, Miami's president of baseball operations.
The 27-year-old Latos is coming off an injury-plagued season. He made only 16 starts because of the knee and an injured pitching elbow, going 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA. He will help bolster a Miami rotation that will be without 2013 rookie of the year
Dan Jennings traded Dan Jennings.
On the final day of the winter meetings, the Marlins sent Jennings, a 27-year-old left-handed reliever, to the
Dan Jennings, the Marlins' 54-year-old general manager, laughed about the deal. "On the road, sometimes he'd get to the room and say to me, 'I think I got the wrong room. They put wine in my room,"' the GM said.
The pitcher was 3-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 84 strikeouts over 100 innings in 116 relief appearances with the Marlins from 2012-14.
The Minnesota Twins and free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana were working to finalize a four-year, $55-million contract, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal.
The Twins again brought a need for better starting pitching into the off-season, and Santana, the former Angel, has been one of the steadiest around. Over the last five years, Santana averaged 12 wins, 207 innings and 164 strikeouts while making 30 or more starts each season. The Twins pursued him a year ago, but he held out until March and signed with Atlanta for one season and $14.1 million.
Santana, who turns 32 Friday, was 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the