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

Dyxkxhoorn 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
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