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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

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

Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will leave the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday to attend to a family matter.

His team, the Surprise Saguaros, only have three games remaining and have already been limited from contention. Guerrero started off red hot in the AFL before cooling off in recent days, but he still finished with a .351/.398/.446 batting line with seven doubles, 17 RBI, and a 6/8 K/BB ratio over 19 games. The 19-year-old sensation is on track to make his major league debut in the early part of the 2019 season.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 13 - 11:13 AM

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that there is "nearly a zero chance" that Michael Brantley will return to the Indians.

The Indians declined to make Brantley a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer, which will only enhance his value on the open market. The Braves and White Sox are among the clubs who have been linked to the veteran outfielder in the early days of free agency. Brantley, 31, batted .309/.364/.468 with 17 homers and 76 RBI in 143 games this past season. With Jason Kipnis, Leonys Martin, Greg Allen, and Tyler Naquin at the top of the depth chart in the outfield, the Indians are going to have to get creative this offseason. Recent reports indicate that they are dangling some pitching for upgrades on their roster.
Nov 13 - 10:12 AM

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

Athletics re-signed C Beau Taylor to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Taylor elected free agency after being removed from the A's 40-man roster earlier this month, but he's ultimately elected to return. He spent nearly all of 2018 at Triple-A, hitting .248/.360/.348 with three homers.
Nov 12 - 8:29 PM

The Rangers will not bring back pitching coach Doug Brocail next season.

New manager Chris Woodward just got the job earlier this month and has decided to go in another direction with his pitching coach. Brocail was the Rangers' pitching coach for three seasons.
Nov 12 - 7:58 PM

Steven Wright underwent an arthroscopy and debridement procedure on his left knee Monday.

It's the second surgery Wright has had on the knee over the last year and a half. The Red Sox are saying only that the knuckleballer will "continue to rehab and prepare for a return to pitching in the 2019 season," so it appears his timetable is somewhat up in the air.
Nov 12 - 7:44 PM

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

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

Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

The Astros will pick up a draft pick assuming Keuchel departs as a free agent. Keuchel has regressed since he won the American League Cy Young award in 2015, but he's still been quite good over the last three seasons and won't have trouble landing a nice multi-year contract this winter.
Nov 12 - 5:24 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

Red Sox RHP Craig Kimbrel rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Kimbrel is now officially a free agent. The Red Sox likely have interest in bringing him back, but they will net a draft pick if he signs elsewhere. Kimbrel has shown signs that he's probably not going to be as dominant moving forward, but he should still be plenty effective for a few years.
Nov 12 - 5:16 PM



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