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Diamondbacks signed OF Abraham Almonte to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Almonte will be in camp with the Diamondbacks next spring, but he'll probably open the 2019 season with the Triple-A Reno Aces, who broke the news of this signing on Twitter. The 29-year-old outfielder was released by the Royals in July and failed to latch on with a new team. He holds an ugly .209/.291/.330 batting line over his last 346 major league plate appearances.
Nov 13 - 10:25 PM

Braves manager Brian Snitker has been named the 2018 National League Manager of the Year.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Rockies manager Bud Black were the other two finalists. Snitker took home the hardware with 17 of the 30 first-place votes after guiding the upstart Braves to 90 regular-season wins and their first postseason appearance since 2013. The National League East champs spent 115 days in first place and didn't have a losing streak longer than four games.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 13 - 6:22 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick, former major league reliever Mark Lowe is looking to make a comeback.

Lowe didn't pitch professionally this season after failing to make the Dodgers out of spring training. Now 35 years old, he hasn't pitched in the majors since putting up an ugly 7.11 ERA in 54 appearances with the Tigers in 2016. He's willing to accept a spring training invite or perhaps accept an opportunity overseas in order to pitch again.
Nov 13 - 2:29 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, extension talks between the Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts are "at a standstill at the moment."

There was chatter about a four-year deal last week, but the two sides haven't crossed the finish line just yet and it's unclear when they will. The Dodgers have picked up their 2019 option in the meantime. The Dodgers have won three straight division titles and two straight NL pennants with Roberts at the helm.
Nov 13 - 2:03 PM

According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets are working with their insurance company to try to come to a settlement on the $27 million remaining on David Wright's contract.

MLB is helping the process along. Davidoff writes that it would benefit the Mets to get a settlement done -- similar to Prince Fielder with the Rangers, in one recent example -- before next Tuesday, when teams must finalize their 40-man rosters in advance of December's Rule 5 Draft. Depending on how things play out, the Mets could end up costing themselves several million dollars as a result of Wright playing one last game on September 29. If no settlement is reached, the Mets would have to pay Wright in-full for the first 59 games of next season before getting coverage from their insurance company. Either way, Wright has played his final game in the majors.
Nov 13 - 12:31 PM

Brewers signed LHP Angel Perdomo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Perdomo represented the Blue Jays in the Futures Game back in 2016, but he's 24 and has yet to advance past A-ball. He did pitch well in High-A this season, posting a 3.63 ERA and 100/35 K/BB ratio over 79 1/3 innings. The southpaw has mostly been a starter in the minors, but the Brewers could use him in relief.
Nov 12 - 11:58 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

Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Arizona will now net a draft pick assuming Pollock signs with another team this offseason. The outfielder has dealt with numerous injuries over the last three seasons and hasn't been as good since his breakout 2015 campaign. That said he's still an above-average hitter who plays a solid center field, so Pollock will grab a nice contract this offseason.
Nov 12 - 5:28 PM

Nationals OF Bryce Harper rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Harper is in line to break the record for the largest contract in baseball history this offseason, so the decision to turn down a qualifying offer was not a difficult one. The Nats reportedly made him a 10-year, $300 million offer on the last day of the regular season, so the bidding for the 26-year-old will start beyond that.
Nov 12 - 5:22 PM

Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Some had speculated that Grandal might consider accepting the offer following his poor showing this postseason, but he's still a safe bet to net a nice multi-year contract this winter. The 29-year-old posted a .815 OPS with 24 home runs over 140 games during the regular season in 2018.
Nov 12 - 5:18 PM

Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

The D-backs will now pick up a draft pick if, as expected, Corbin signs on elsewhere. The left-hander is in line to get the biggest free agent pitcher contract this winter after posting a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 246/48 K/BB ratio across 200 innings this season.
Nov 12 - 5:13 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

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Hyun-Jin Ryu will "most likely" accept the Dodgers' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

The deadline for players to accept or decline their qualifying offers is Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Ryu posted an exceptional 1.97 ERA this past season for the National League champions, but a severe lat strain limited him to 82 1/3 regular-season innings. Yasmani Grandal, Patrick Corbin, Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, and A.J. Pollock are the other players who have to make QO decisions.
Nov 12 - 12:59 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies are shopping Carlos Santana.

Of course they are. The idea would be to move Santana and put Rhys Hoskins at first base. The problem with the idea is that Santana is owed $35 million over the next two seasons with a club option for $17.5 million with a $500,000 buyout in 2021. He posted a disappointing .766 OPS with the Phillies in 2018, and while he still can hit for power (24 homers) and get on base (110 walks), the value is likely to be very limited. If the Phillies are serious about trading Santana, they might need to include a prospect along with salary coverage.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 9:28 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Zack Greinke could be one of several Diamondbacks available in trade.

Rosenthal cautions that the Diamondbacks have not definitively said that Greinke is available, but Arizona is clearly a team in transition, and it would be a surprise if he's not up for grabs. The question is how much trade value there is; Greinke was excellent in 2018 with a 3.21 ERA and 199/43 K/BB ratio, but he's 35-years-old, is owed $34.8 million annually over the next three years, and has lost velocity. Arizona will clearly have to include money in a deal --and/or take back a contract -- but considering his success, there should be a market.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 8:49 AM



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