OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The revamping Oakland Athletics made yet another trade of a star player this offseason, sending catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot.

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By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There will be no immediate flow of top Cuban players into Major League Baseball despite the major U.S. policy shift toward the communist-run island, experts on baseball in Cuba said on Wednesday. Any move to let Cuban players leave their country freely will not happen for at least several years, said author Pete Bjarkman, who has written extensively about Cuban baseball. “I don’t think it will have any real visible immediate impact,” Bjarkman said of the policy change. “Cuba wants to maintain its strong baseball at home. …

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NEW YORK (AP) — Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba.

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The sound of a ringing phone provides the sound track to the four-day event known as baseball’s Winter Meetings. With deals seemingly always in the works, staying in touch with team executives, other general managers, agents and the players themselves is an essential and never-ending responsibility. And even though the baseball world converges in one spot, it covers a lot of ground, meaning phone conversations are often the quickest way to connect. The point we’re making is that phones are ringing so frequently, those on hand will probably hear several different ringtones in their sleep for weeks to come. With that in mind though, the one time you’re almost assured to escape it is at a press conference announcing an already completed trade. That wasn’t the case on Thursday. As Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and his Detroit Tigers counterpart Dave Drombrowski came together to announce a deal sending starting pitcher Alfredo Simon to the Motor City , they were interrupted by the tones of Jocketty’s cell phone.    It was actually a comical scene. Both general managers instinctively reached for their phone at the same time like it was some sort of parody, with a clearly relieved Dombrowski exclaiming, “It’s you” when he realized his screen was clear. Jocketty blamed the call on his wife, who he said was probably wondering when he was coming home. True or not, we’re not sure how that will go over when he does get home. Others have speculated that Jocketty was already on to the next deal, given that Mat Latos was traded to the Miami Marlins a short time later.  Whatever the case is, we’re guessing both guys will remember to put the phone on vibrate before the next press conference. In the meantime, we thank them for giving us a light moment to wrap up what turned out to be a wild week in San Diego.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Seth Trachtman evaluates possible stolen base sleepers for the 2015 season.

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(Reuters) – The Chicago White Sox crossed another key item off their long holiday shopping list by agreeing with outfielder Melky Cabrera on a three-year $42 million contract, the club said on Tuesday. Cabrera, 30, batted .301 with a .351 on-base percentage for the Toronto Blue Jays last season to go with 16 home runs and 73 runs batted in. The addition of Cabrera, who in 2012 was leading the National League in batting average for the San Francisco Giants before missing the end of the season over a doping violation, was the latest in an offseason overhaul by the White Sox. …

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Ryan Boyer recaps a busy Day Four of the MLB Winter Meetings.

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Yoenis Céspedes was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Detroit Tigers Thursday. The AL Central power will be the Cuban slugger’s third team in five months. And while the two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion will no longer be teammates with David Ortiz, he’ll be part of a stacked lineup that includes Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. He’ll also cruise the streets of Motown in style.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Less than five months after acquiring Yoenis Cespedes as part of a big deadline deal, the Boston Red Sox traded the slugging outfielder to help bolster their rotation.

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How are the Boston Red Sox feeling after losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes to Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs? Not very good, according to team president Larry Lucchino. Speaking at the team’s Christmas at Fenway event on Saturday, Lucchino was forthright and honest in sharing his disappointment with the team’s efforts, stating that they “failed” in their pursuit and that he “had regrets” with how the process played out. From The Boston Herald:   “We didn’t succeed, so I don’t give us a very good grade,” Lucchino said. “We were trying, sincerely, to get him signed, and wanted him to come back here, but free agency is a special opportunity for a player, and it only comes up once or twice if you’re lucky in your career. “We’re disappointed, certainly have regrets here and there as to how it all went down, but right now I’m trying to focus on the future and want to express a sense of gratitude to Jon Lester for all he did for us, for the horse that he was for us so many years, a successful pitcher and person. I wish him luck. I’m glad it’s in the other league and not our league. That’s cold comfort, but some comfort.” The biggest regret, of course, would be their initial lowball offer that led to Lester pursuing free agency in the first place. The Red Sox were positioned to extend Lester at any point prior to the 2014 season and seemed to have a good shot with Lester admitting he’d take less money to stay there . However, Boston only offered a four-year deal in the $70-$80 million range, which obviously bypassed “hometown discount” into “we’re done talking” territory. After shipping Lester to the Oakland A’s at the July 31 trade deadline, Boston had a chance to right their wrong in free agency. With the Cubs and San Francisco Giants also in hot pursuit, the Red Sox entered a final bid at six-years, $135 million. A deal that’s probably comfortably above what Lester would have agreed to in the spring, but it wasn’t enough to top either Chicago or San Francisco’s best bid. The Giants ended up offering the best package, but Lester took Chicago’s six years at $155 million. “I don’t want to get into a step-by-step dissection through the negotiating process,” he said. “Just look at the end result. We failed to get done what was our goal. So we are subject to criticism, and rightly so, for that. There were so many steps along the way that could’ve gone differently. I’d rather look forward and say, ‘How about that Red Sox starting rotation, how about lineup for next year, how about that offense?’ Let’s accentuate some of the positives that came out of this offseason.” In the days that followed, Boston did get to work, signing Justin Masterson to a one-year deal worth $9.5 million. They’ve also acquired Wade Miley in a trade with the Diamondbacks and Rick Porcello in a deal with the Detroit Tigers that saw them give up Yoenis Cespedes. The quantity will certainly be there, but it’s fair to question whether they’ll have the quality to keep up in the AL East. It’s a question we might be pondering right up until opening day. But hey, like Lucchino said, at least Jon Lester didn’t end up in the American League. Which, actually, is probably his way of saying thank goodness the Yankees didn’t dive into the fray. Oh, the regrets he’d have then. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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