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Clay Buchholz was scratched from his start Thursday versus the Rockies due to right elbow stiffness.

That's no good. Matt Koch took the mound in Colorado instead for what is pretty much a must-win game for the Snakes. Buchholz has been terrific with Arizona this season, boasting a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts covering 98 1/3 innings.
Sep 13 - 3:53 PM

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the White Sox are "actively trying" to trade Avisail Garcia.

The sense is that the White Sox could non-tender Garcia if they are unable to find a deal. The 27-year-old struggled through knee and hamstring injuries this past season while batting just .236/.281/.438 with 19 homers over 93 games. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee last month. Garcia received a $6.7 million salary in 2018 and will get a raise in arbitration this winter, so interest could be limited.
Nov 13 - 11:35 AM

Shohei Ohtani was announced on Monday as the winner of the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year award.

Ohtani wound up easily topping Miguel Andujar, who had a fantastic rookie campaign in his own right. He just couldn't match up with Ohtani's historic dual-threat season, even though it was a bit abbreviated. Ohtani posted a 3.31 ERA and 63/22 K/BB ratio over 51 2/3 innings across 10 starts for the Angels while also batting .285/.361/.564 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI.
Nov 12 - 6:59 PM

Ronald Acuna was announced on Monday as the winner of the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year award.

Acuna was seen as the favorite over Juan Soto, although the vote was expected to be close. As it turns out, it wasn't, as Acuna received 27 of 30 first-place votes, with Soto picking up two and Walker Buehler one. Acuna rode a monster second half to a final batting line of .293/.366/.552 with 26 home runs for the Braves.
Nov 12 - 6:46 PM

Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu accepted a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Of the seven players that were extended qualifying offers, Ryu is expected to be the only one of them that accepts. The left-hander surely could have done better on the open market, but after all the injuries he's dealt with the last few years it's hard to blame him for playing it safe and staying where he's comfortable. The Dodgers are also undoubtedly happy to bring back a guy who posted a 1.97 ERA across 15 starts this past season.
Nov 12 - 4:15 PM

Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports that the Yankees are doing "extensive" background work on Manny Machado.

As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports, teams always do background checks on potential acquisitions. It's the word "extensive" that stands out here. Rosenthal reports that manager Aaron Boone, scouts and front-office members have been making calls on the 26-year-old. There's been added scrutiny with Machado after being fined for his shenanigans during the NLCS and some perceived lack of hustle, but Rosenthal also reports that teammates like him. You can't blame them for doing their due diligence, anyway.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 8:44 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros are one of the clubs talking to the Mariners about a trade for James Paxton.

Rosenthal also reiterates his previous report that the Yankees are in on talks for Paxton and that the market for the left-hander has been "active." Injuries have often been an issue for Paxton, but he has two years of control left and is coming off a season that saw him post a 3.76 ERA and 208/42 K/BB ratio across 160 1/3 innings.
Nov 11 - 9:36 AM

Juan Soto slugged a solo home run and scored three times for the MLB All-Stars as they fell to Samurai Japan on Saturday.

It was the second day in a row that the youngster hit an opposite-field home run in the series. The phenom outfielder turned 20 years old two weeks ago. He burst upon the scene as a teenager to hit .292/.406/.517 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI in 116 games for the Nationals this year. He will be a hot commodity in all fantasy league formats this spring and is deserving of an early first-round pick in start-up dynasty drafts.
Nov 10 - 11:55 AM

Matt Chapman was named as the winner of the Platinum Glove in the American League on Friday, recognizing the top overall defender in the league.

This certainly doesn't come as a surprise, after Chapman registered 29 defensive runs saved at the position during the 2018 season, which was 19 more than any other third baseman in the American League. What's crazy, is that he and Nolan Arenado (the National League winner of the award), were teammates at El Toro High School in California.
Nov 9 - 11:04 PM

Joe Mauer officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday after 15 seasons.

Mauer indicated that the decision came down to his health and his family, explaining that the risk of another concussion was too great and that his desire to play was outweighed by the possibility of another injury. The first overall selection from the 2001 draft, Mauer spent all 15 seasons of his big league career with his hometown Twins. A six-time All-Star, Mauer slashed .306/.388/.439 with 143 home runs for his career. He also captured the American League MVP Award in 2009, where he hit a ridiculous .365/.444/.587 with 28 homers and 96 RBI. He was the recipient of three Gold Glove awards behind the plate and tacked on five Silver Sluggers as well.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 9 - 7:05 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Mets "are expected to investigate" a possible trade for J.T. Realmuto.

The Mets looked into the possibility of trading for Realmuto last offseason, as well, although no substantial talks ever took place. Whether they get more serious about Realmuto this winter remains to be seen, as his cost is up following a monster season and the Mets' farm system remains middling. The Mets are also looking at free agent catchers Wilson Ramos and Martin Maldonado.
Nov 9 - 4:38 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Yankees met with the Indians about Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco at the General Manager Meetings.

The Yankees have also reportedly discussed James Paxton with the Mariners, and they're in the mix for free agent hurlers like Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ as they look for the best route to improve their rotation. The Indians reportedly are looking to cut some payroll this winter, so dealing a Kluber or Carrasco seems possible even though both pitchers are under control at relatively favorable terms.
Nov 9 - 3:20 PM




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