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Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports the Reds have signed utilityman Rosell Herrera to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp.

The former shortstop split time between third base and the outfield in 2017 with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate. The speedster has a contact-oriented approach at the plate and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three homers, 59 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 103 games for Albuquerque. He swiped 36 bags the year before. The 25-year-old will try to latch on to the club as a utilityman.
Nov 17 - 10:21 PM

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Reds have signed outfielder Mason Williams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 26-year-old outfielder has gotten brief cups of coffee with the Yankees each of the last three seasons. He has a career .281/.313/.391 slash line with one homer in 68 plate appearances. The former top 100 prospect will compete for a backup outfielder job when camp opens.
Nov 17 - 10:09 PM

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Matt Williams has agreed to become the third base coach for the Athletics.

Williams replaces Chip Hale, who left to take over as bench coach of the Nationals. Williams managed the Nationals during the 2014-15 seasons and has served two stints as a base coach for the Diamondbacks. He spent the 2017 season as a broadcaster for the Giants. In his playing days Williams was a slugging third baseman who had a .268 batting average with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in a 17-year career. He is the only player to hit World Series home runs for three different teams (Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks).
Nov 17 - 8:15 PM

Angel Nesbitt has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for Heptaminol.

Nesbitt, who turns 27 in a few weeks, has really struggled in the minors the last three seasons and in his brief time in the majors in 2015. A minor league free agent, he now has a PED suspension hanging over his head.
Nov 17 - 4:10 PM

Mets signed LHP Matt Purke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The former Nationals prospect had a nice season at Triple-A in the White Sox organization this past season, holding a 3.84 ERA and 80/28 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 relief innings. Purke will try to win a bullpen job next spring.
Nov 17 - 3:38 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants "have had discussions" on J.D. Martinez.

The Giants are very likely to get at least one big bat this winter, and they've been heavily connected to Giancarlo Stanton via the trade route and now Martinez via the free agent route. Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract for his client. The Red Sox have also been linked with Martinez and the Diamondbacks are expected to make an effort to re-sign him.
Nov 17 - 2:12 PM

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees' manager job on Friday.

The Yankees are casting a wide net in their search to replace Joe Girardi, and that includes Boone, who has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees "are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience." Boone would seem to be a long shot to get the job, but no favorites appear to have emerged to this point.
Nov 17 - 1:35 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that "multiple MLB teams have shown interest" in Jay Jackson.

Jackson, 30, is a former Cubs prospect who made it up briefly to the majors in 2015 before pitching in Japan for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp the last two seasons. He's been one of the top relievers in Japan's Central League the last two years, posting a 1.86 ERA and 144/42 K/BB ratio over 130 1/3 innings. Assuming he returns to MLB, Jackson would likely have to settle for a minor league contract.
Nov 17 - 1:12 PM

Braves senior advisor John Hart announced his resignation on Friday.

It was looking like Hart would keep his job amidst MLB's investigation into the team's practices in Latin America, but he had been slated for a reduced role following the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as general manager. Rather than accept that, Hart has decided to step aside and pursue other opportunities.
Nov 17 - 11:59 AM

1B Carlos Santana rejected the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Santana had a rough first half in his walk year but rebounded big time after the All-Star break to ultimately finish with a .259/.363/.455 batting line and 23 home runs. He'll turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018 but won't have trouble landing a big contract this winter.
Nov 17 - 11:46 AM

3B Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Moustakas is set to strike it rich this offseason after slugging a career-high 38 home runs for the Royals this past season. He's a native of Southern California and the Angels have already been pegged as a likely pursuer of the third baseman this winter.
Nov 17 - 11:44 AM

RHP Lance Lynn rejected the Cardinals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Lynn's velocity and peripherals in his first season back from Tommy John surgery went south, but he still posted a 3.43 ERA. He's arguably at the top of the second tier of free agent starters.
Nov 17 - 11:41 AM

1B Eric Hosmer rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Of the nine players extended the offer, Hosmer might be in line for the biggest contract, and among position players he certainly will wind up with the largest deal. Hosmer's production in his career has wavered between average and good, but he just turned 28 less than a month ago, helping to raise his floor over the course of his impending contract even if his upside isn't super high.
Nov 17 - 11:38 AM

RHP Greg Holland rejected the Rockies' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Holland had already previously declined his $15 million player option and is now officially a free agent after turning down his qualifying offer. He really struggled in the second half for the Rockies in 2017 but will get a multi-year contract this winter, anyway.
Nov 17 - 11:31 AM

RHP Wade Davis rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

It was a formality, as Davis is the top reliever hitting the free agent market this offseason and is set to receive a big multi-year contract. He put up a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings while notching 32 saves for the Cubs in 2017.
Nov 17 - 11:29 AM



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