The San Diego Padres continued to overhaul their roster Friday, reportedly acquiring All-Star outfielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves and working to obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox.
Securing a rotation replacement in anticipation of right-hander James Shields' likely exit, the Kansas City Royals reportedly agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez on Wednesday.
With third baseman Chase Headley signing a four-year contract with the New York Yankees on Monday, it appears that Alex Rodriguez will be relegated to designated hitter duties when he returns next spring.
Jed Lowrie, whose first stint with the Astros lasted one season, is heading back to Houston for a longer term. The free agent shortstop signed a three-year, $23 million contract with the Astros on Monday.