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Brock Dykxhoorn has agreed to a one-year contract with the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Dykxhoorn has been in the Astros organization since 2014 after being selected in the sixth-round by Houston out of Central Arizona Junior College. He spent last year in Triple-A with Fresno, and in just over 74 innings he posted a 4.60 ERA with a 79/16 K/BB ratio. At 6-foot-8, 240-pounds, Dykxhoorn has the size to be a durable starter, but the stuff suggests he's better suited for being a long reliever or mop-up hurler. A strong year in the KBO could help change that view, however.
Nov 15 - 11:25 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers are in agreement on a two-ear deal with Jeff Mathis.

The deal is pending a physical. Mathis was a member of the Diamondbacks in 2018, and had a .544 OPS with Arizona in 218 plate appearances. While he's not a great offensive player -- to put it nicely -- he is highly respected for his defense, and he should help the Texas pitching staff. That won't provide any fantasy value, however, and Mathis is unplayable in all but the deepest of leagues. This also could mean the end of Robinson Chirinos' time with the Rangers.
Nov 15 - 8:51 PM

Athletics signed RHP Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Schlitter, 32, has not appeared in an MLB game since 2015. He spent the 2018 season with the Dodgers Triple-A club, and posted a 3.36 ERA and 46/26 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. He'll likely be organizational depth for the A's, but could get a chance to complete for a spot in the back of the dominant Oakland bullpen.
Nov 15 - 8:40 PM

Mookie Betts was named the winner of the 2018 AL MVP Award on Thursday.

It wasn't close, with Betts taking 28-of-30 first-place votes. Mike Trout finished second for the fourth time in his career and one of the two first-place votes, with Jose Ramirez coming in third. J.D. Martinez got the other vote. It was a sensational year for the 26-year-old, hitting .346/.438/.640 while hitting 32 homers, stealing 30 bases and scoring 129 runs while also providing some of the best defense in the outfield that we saw in 2018. It's the first MVP for Betts, but considering his age and talent, it shouldn't shock anyone if it's not his last.
Source: BBWAA
Nov 15 - 6:46 PM

Christian Yelich was voted the 2018 NL MVP Award winner on Thursday.

Not a surprise. Yelich received 29 of 30 first-place votes, with Jacob deGrom getting the other vote and finishing fifth. Javier Baez finished second, with Nolan Arenado coming in third. Yelich was dominant in 2018 -- particularly after the All-Star break -- and hit .326/.402/.598 while blasting 36 homers, stealing 22 bases and driving in 110 runs for the NL Central champions. Javier Baez came in second, with Nolan Arenado coming in third. He'll turn just 27 in December, so if he keeps this up -- no easy task, to be sure -- another MVP could come his way before his career ends.
Source: BBWAA
Nov 15 - 6:20 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Astros bench coach Joe Espada is expected to be a serious candidate to take over as manager for the Orioles.

It's expected that Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias will be named GM of the Orioles soon, and it sounds like he could be bringing someone he's familiar with on board to replace Buck Showalter as skipper. Espada has interviewed for four openings this year, as Feinsand notes, and he's coached in the majors for seven years as the third-base coach for the Yankees (2015-17) and Marlins (2010-13) before becoming the Astros bench coach in 2018.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 15 - 5:40 PM

Mariners signed RHP R.J. Alaniz to a one-year contract.

Alaniz spent last year in the Tampa Bay organization, and he registered a 3.38 ERA over 31 games with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham with a 53/16 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings. It's the second player the Mariners have signed to an MLB contract that didn't spend any time in the majors last year, as they also gave a similar deal to Dylan Moore to be the new super-utility player. Alaniz will likely compete for a spot in the Mariner bullpen.
Nov 15 - 5:16 PM

Mets signed LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

O'Rourke missed the first half of the 2018 season while completing his rehabilitation from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he posted a promising 1.26 ERA and 21/1 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings in the Orioles' minor league system upon returning to action in mid-July. The 30-year-old southpaw will compete for a spot in the Mets' bullpen next spring.
Nov 15 - 3:36 PM

According to Dan Hayes of the The Athletic, the Twins are hiring Wes Johnson from the University of Arkansas to be their next pitching coach.

You don't see very many college-to-MLB jumps among the modern baseball coaching ranks, but Hayes notes that Johnson "is experienced​ with analytics and has​ a strong history of​ development" -- something that should suit him well working alongside new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and forward-thinking general manager Thad Levine. Johnson, a proponent of TrackMan technology for training pitchers, helped guide the Razorbacks to the College World Series championship in 2018, where they fell to Oregon State. He also led a big turnaround at Mississippi State prior to heading to Arkansas.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 15 - 1:53 PM

SNY's Andy Martino reports that Jacob deGrom is staying at CAA and will now be represented by agent Jeff Berry.

DeGrom had previously been represented at CAA by Brodie Van Wagenen, who was named the Mets' general manager last month. The recently-crowned 2018 NL Cy Young Award winner reiterated to reporters earlier this week that he is open to discussing a contract extension with the Mets this winter, and Van Wagenen has said that he will recuse himself from those talks. Berry, then, will presumably have a direct line to the Wilpon ownership group. DeGrom is currently under team control through 2020 via salary arbitration.
Source: SNY.tv
Nov 15 - 11:39 AM

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's are interested in a reunion with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Suzuki began his career as a second-round pick of the A's back in 2004 and spent parts of seven seasons in Oakland from 2007-2013. The veteran backstop just put up an .825 OPS and 31 home runs in two seasons (186 games) with Atlanta, but he is 35 years old and might come at a palatable price for the cost-conscious Athletics. This could be a really good fit.
Nov 15 - 11:20 AM

Padres SS prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. homered in his first Dominican Winter League at-bat on Wednesday.

He also drew two walks in the game. Tatis, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, had to be shut down in July after suffering an avulsion fracture in his left thumb. He's clearly healthy now and would seem to be on track to make his MLB debut at some point in 2019. The 19-year-old batted .286/.355/.507 with 16 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 88 games this past season at Double-A San Antonio before undergoing surgery to repair the thumb injury.
Nov 14 - 10:39 PM

Chad Bell has agreed to a one-year contract with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Bell will receive a $200,000 signing bonus and a $400,000 salary -- so $600,000 total. That's a pretty good haul for a guy who surrendered seven earned runs over his 7 1/3 innings of relief this past season at the MLB level. The 29-year-old right-hander was a 14th-round pick of the Rangers in the 2009 MLB Draft.
Nov 14 - 10:27 PM

Warwick Saupold has signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Saupold got a one-year, $1 million contract -- a $300,000 signing bonus and $700,000 salary. That is far more than the 28-year-old right-hander likely would have found on the MLB open market this winter. He owns a 4.98 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and 70/47 K/BB ratio in 106 2/3 career major league innings.
Nov 14 - 10:24 PM

Jacob deGrom has been announced as the 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner.

The 30-year-old right-hander was by far the best pitcher in the game during the 2018 regular season, delivering a 1.70 ERA and 269 strikeouts over 217 innings. It was the sixth-lowest ERA among qualified pitchers since Major League Baseball lowered the mound in 1969. Just ignore deGrom's 10-9 record, which was a product of poor run support, a shaky bullpen, and bad luck. He beat out Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola for the hardware with 29 of the 30 first-place votes.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 14 - 6:49 PM



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