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Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said in an interview on Treasure Island Baseball Network this week that the team is "very happy" with how Miguel Sano's (leg) rehab has gone.

Sano had surgery in November to repair a stress reaction in his left leg, an injury that limited him to just three games over the final six weeks of the season. However, it sounds like Sano will be at least close to a full participant at the outset of spring training. "He continues to get his conditioning up now that he's fully active and moving around," Falvey said. "We feel very happy about the work that he's doing to put himself in a position to be ready to go." While the news appears to be good from a health perspective with Sano, he's still under investigation by MLB into sexual assault claims made against him, so he could be facing a possible suspension.
Feb 9 - 2:15 PM

Rays designated 1B/DJ C.J. Cron for assignment.

It's a surprise move after Cron put up 30 home runs for Tampa Bay in 2018, but the Rays were known to be shopping the 28-year-old slugger and could still attempt to work out a trade over the next several days. Cron's poor defense likely limits his market to American League teams.
Nov 20 - 8:09 PM

Padres designated INF Cory Spangenberg for assignment.

Spangenberg appeared in 116 games for the Padres this season, but he continued to struggle offensively, posting a .661 OPS with just seven home runs and 25 RBI across 329 plate appearances. The former No. 10 overall pick will likely draw interest on waivers, but he turns 28 years old next spring and probably won't find a starting job anywhere for 2019.
Nov 20 - 7:36 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Twins and Diamondbacks "have had preliminary talks" about a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Morosi adds, however, that "the dialogue has not advanced in recent days." Minnesota could certainly use help at first base -- Joe Mauer officially announced his retirement earlier this month -- but Goldschmidt is only under contract for one more season and the Twins need to upgrade many other parts of their roster if they want to seriously compete in 2019. The Cardinals and Astros have also been connected to the 31-year-old six-time National League All-Star.
Nov 20 - 6:55 PM

Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic report that the Padres are selling Christian Villanueva to the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.

Villanueva got off to a tremendous start in 2018, but he batted just .232/.292/.351 between June 1 and his final regular-season game on August 21. The early shutdown was due to a fractured right middle finger. San Diego will search for a more reliable third baseman on the free agent and trade markets this winter.
Nov 20 - 6:32 PM

Jim Hickey has stepped down as the Cubs' pitching coach.

The statement from team president Theo Epstein: "Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well." The search for Hickey's replacement is underway.
Nov 20 - 5:48 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mariners have discussed a trade with the Padres involving Wil Myers.

Rosenthal says shortstop Jean Segura and starting pitcher Mike Leake would head to San Diego in the potential deal, but he notes that Leake "would need to waive his no-trade clause" for it to get done and adds that the veteran right-hander is currently "weighing" other options. Leake is more of a throw-in here anyway, so perhaps the M's and Friars can get a different player (or players) involved. But the money Leake is owed -- $27 million over the next two years -- is obviously a pretty big factor in his involvement.
Nov 20 - 5:36 PM

Rangers signed C Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $6.25 million contract.

The deal was agreed to last week and has now been made official. Mathis owns a wretched .198/.258/.306 career batting line in parts of 14 major league seasons, but the 35-year-old is among the most respected defensive catchers in the game. He'll ideally work as a backup the next two years in Texas.
Nov 20 - 5:17 PM

Nationals signed C Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $10 million contract.

The agreement was reported on Monday and is now official. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the contract terms, including $4 million in 2019 and $6 million in 2020. Suzuki, 35, has surprised with an .825 OPS (117 OPS+) in 186 games over the past two seasons. He should be a nice upgrade at the plate from what the Nationals had in 2018, though he gives away some of his value with his framing.
Nov 20 - 12:39 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Indians are "drawing significant trade interest" in Yan Gomes.

They're also getting trade interest in some of their starting pitchers, with one executive telling Rosenthal that the Indians are "scrambling to get young players" to clear payroll. Gomes is set to earn $7 million in 2019 and has a $9 million club option for 2020 and $11 million club option for 2021. The 31-year-old hit .266/.313/.449 with 16 homers this season and made his first All-Star team.
Nov 19 - 10:29 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Cardinals are the two teams "that have had the most meaningful discussions" with the Diamondbacks regarding a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "no deal is close" and talks are "not yet advanced," but it looks like Houston and St. Louis could be the early favorites to land the six-time All-Star. Goldschmidt is slated to earn $14.5 million next season before entering free agency next winter. It's obviously going to take a big package to land him even though he's only under team control for one year. Goldy rebounded from a slow start to finish with a .290/.389/.533 and 33 home runs in 2018.
Nov 19 - 9:33 PM

Yankees acquired LHP James Paxton from the Mariners for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson and OF Don Thompson-Williams.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to report the deal and it is now official. Sheffield is the headliner for Seattle, as he will immediately become their top prospect and should spend ample time in the big league rotation in 2019. Paxton's health history is sketchy to say the least -- he's never thrown more than 160 1/3 innings in the majors -- but he's a legitimate ace when on the mound. The Yankees will have the left-hander under team control for two years.
Nov 19 - 5:42 PM




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