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Gerrit Cole will get the ball for ALCS Game 2 against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Cole will go against David Price, with Justin Verlander facing off against Chris Sale in the ALCS opener. Cole was outstanding in his first start of the postseason, fanning 12 hitters over seven innings of one-run ball in a victory over the Indians. If he repeats that effort, the Astros are going to be awfully hard to beat.
Oct 10 - 4:19 PM

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Kevin Pillar is "one name discussed" by the Giants' front office.

Steven Duggar is expected to open the season as the Giants' primary center fielder, but the club wouldn't mind finding a platoon partner to play against lefties and they're also considering the benefits of having two center fielder types on the field at the same time. Pillar is only a career .261/.298/.398 hitter but is one of the best defensive center fielders in the game. He's under team control through 2020.
Dec 14 - 5:12 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Mets have discussed a possible Nicholas Castellanos trade with the Tigers.

There's no indication at this point that the talks have advanced past the preliminary stage, but it's no surprise at this point to see Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets connected to another player on the trade block. Fenech notes that the asking price for Castellanos is "high" even though he's only under contract for one more year. The Mets could use a center fielder much more than a corner outfielder, so it remains to be seen whether talks for Castellanos gain any traction.
Dec 14 - 4:54 PM

The Orioles officially announced the hiring of Brandon Hyde as their new manager on Friday.

It was reported on Tuesday that Hyde would be the Orioles' pick, and they will introduce him at a press conference on Monday. Hyde had been a coach with the Cubs since 2013 and prior to that was a coach with the Marlins.
Dec 14 - 4:03 PM

Mets signed RHP Jeurys Familia to a three-year, $30 million contract.

The deal was first reported on Thursday and is now official after Familia passed a physical. He has returned to his original organization, this time in a setup role ahead of new closer Edwin Diaz. Familia put up a 3.13 ERA with 83 strikeouts over 72 innings this past season for the Mets and Athletics.
Dec 14 - 3:41 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that has agreed to terms with the Padres on a two-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical.

It's a bit of a surprise that the 36-year-old got a multi-year deal, but the Padres aren't risking much money here. Kinsler batted just .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases last season for the Angels and Red Sox in a second straight down year at the plate. Per Rosenthal, the Padres plan to keep Luis Urias at second base and use Kinsler at third base and in a leadership role for Urias and Fernando Tatis, Jr.
Dec 14 - 3:12 PM

Tigers signed SS Jordy Mercer to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier this week and has now been made official. Mercer batted only .251/.315/.381 last season for the Pirates and missed some time due to injury, but he should be a bit of an upgrade offensively over Jose Iglesias and is a solid defender, as well.
Dec 14 - 2:38 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the White Sox and James McCann have agreed to terms on a contract, pending a physical.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports says it's a one-year, $2.5 million deal. McCann was non-tendered by the Tigers last month but will stay in the American League Central. He will back up Welington Castillo with the Pale Hose. McCann batted .220/.267/.314 with eight homers last season.
Dec 14 - 1:53 PM

Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels' top current target in free agency is Wilson Ramos.

Ramos has been linked with several clubs, including the Dodgers. It's been reported that the veteran backstop is looking for multi-year offers, but teams could be hesitant to give them because of his long history with injuries. He also is one of the best offensive catchers in baseball, and hit .306/.358/.487 with the Rays and Phillies last year. This would certainly lengthen the Angels' lineup, and he'd be a massive upgrade from what they got behind the plate in 2018.
Dec 13 - 7:19 PM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the J.T. Realmuto trade market is "essentially down to six teams: Reds, Mets, Rays, Braves, Dodgers, and Padres."

There was an expectation that Realmuto would be traded at some point during this week's Winter Meetings, but that's not going to happen as teams are packing up and heading out of Las Vegas. The Marlins are still sifting through offers and trying to get multiple young players in return for the 27-year-old catcher. Realmuto batted .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games this past season with Miami. He is under control through 2020.
Dec 13 - 1:48 PM

Brewers acquired LHP Alex Claudio from the Rangers for a competitive-balance Round A draft pick.

That competitive-balance draft pick is expected to come in at No. 40 or No. 41 overall next June. Claudio had a rough season with the Rangers in 2018, but he put up a 2.66 ERA over his first 162 1/3 major league innings between 2014-2017 and he's held left-handed batters to a .194/.220/.278 slash line since breaking into the bigs. It's another big weapon for the already-stout Milwaukee bullpen.
Dec 13 - 1:35 PM

Indians acquired 1B/DH Carlos Santana from the Mariners as part of a three-team trade.

The Indians will send Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle and Yandy Diaz to Tampa Bay. There are other elements to this deal too. Santana is said to be thrilled about heading back to Cleveland after spending one year with the Phillies, who dealt him to the Mariners earlier this month as part of the Jean Segura trade. The 32-year-old played the first eight years of his career with the Tribe.
Dec 13 - 1:14 PM




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