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Rangers re-signed RHP Walker Weickel to a minor league contract.

The 25-year-old and former first round pick of the Padres has spent the past two seasons in the Rangers' organization. In 2018, he compiled a 4.75 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 102/38 K/BB ratio across 113 2/3 innings between High-A Down East and Double-A Frisco. He'll continue to function as minor league rotation depth for the Rangers.
Nov 16 - 7:54 PM

Rockies' general manager Jeff Bridich announced Friday that hitting coach Duane Espy and first base coach Tony Diaz will not return to the team for the 2019 season.

Both coaches had been long-time members of the Rockies' organization. Diaz signed on to be the new third base coach for Rocco Baldelli and the Minnesota Twins. Espy had functioned as the team's hitting coach for the past two seasons.
Nov 16 - 7:11 PM

Angels signed OF Peter Bourjos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 31-year-old outfielder was a 10th round pick of the Angels in 2005 and spent the first four years of his big league career (2010 - 2013) with the Halos. He saw limited action with the Braves during the 2018 campaign, slashing just .205/.239/.364 with one homer and four RBI in 47 plate appearances. He'll compete for a reserve outfielder role on the club's Opening Day roster.
Nov 16 - 6:43 PM

Kenley Jansen will undergo heart surgery on November 26.

The procedure was expected after Jansen dealt with an irregular heartbeat again this season. The best-case scenario for his recovery is two weeks, although it could take him as long as eight weeks. The closer is expected to be ready for the start of spring training either way.
Nov 16 - 5:58 PM

Red Sox re-signed INF/OF Steve Pearce to a one-year, $6.25 million contract.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported the deal and the Red Sox have officially announced it. After batting .279/.394/.507 with seven homers over 50 games down the stretch for the Red Sox, Pearce took home World Series MVP honors on the strength of three home runs and eight RBI during the Fall Classic. He'll turn 36 next April but should be useful again in a platoon role at first base with Mitch Moreland.
Nov 16 - 5:19 PM

Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Friday that Caleb Smith (lat) could be a little behind at the start of spring training.

However, he does expect the left-hander to be ready in time for Opening Day. Smith was an early-season surprise for the Marlins before having surgery on his left lat in July. He'll have a good shot at an Opening Day rotation spot if he's healthy.
Nov 16 - 5:01 PM

Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Friday that Pablo Lopez (shoulder) is at full strength.

Lopez missed the final month of the season with a right shoulder strain, but Hill says the young right-hander "looks great, says he feels great." He'll have a shot to break camp as a member of Miami's rotation.
Nov 16 - 4:59 PM

MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins have hired Tony Diaz as their new third base coach.

Diaz was the Rockies' first base coach this past season. He joins Wes Johnson (pitching coach) and Jeremy Hefner (assistant pitching coach) as recent additions to new manager Rocco Baldelli's staff.
Nov 16 - 4:56 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Athletics have been in talks with the Yankees about re-acquiring Sonny Gray.

Morosi says "there is no present momentum in talks" between the two clubs. Andy Martino of SNY.tv reported earlier Friday that the Yankees were weighing several offers for Gray and were likely to trade him soon. The Reds are another team known to be in on the right-hander, but many others are, as well.
Nov 16 - 3:37 PM

The Rangers have hired Julio Rangel as their new pitching coach.

Rangel was the Giants' minor league pitching coordinator this past season after spending the previous 11 years in the Indians organization. He's taking over for Doug Brocail.
Nov 16 - 3:24 PM

Mariners purchased the contract of OF Braden Bishop from Double-A Arkansas.

Bishop, 25, batted .284/.361/.412 with eight homers and five steals over 84 games for Arkansas this season. He is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 16 - 3:13 PM

The Orioles on Friday announced the hiring of Mike Elias as executive vice president and general manager.

Elias will be introduced at a press conference on Monday. The former Astros assistant GM's first order of business seemingly will be to find a manager to replace Buck Showalter. He faces a tall task in rebuilding the Orioles' roster.
Nov 16 - 2:23 PM

Twins signed RHP Zack Weiss to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Weiss made his major league debut with the Reds this season but failed to retire a batter in his one appearance. The 26-year-old also struggled in the minors in 2018, although he posted excellent numbers previously.
Nov 16 - 2:18 PM

Twins signed RHP Preston Guilmet to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Guilmet was rocked for 13 runs over 10 innings during his brief time in the majors this season, though he was excellent at Triple-A. He'll be a long shot to win a bullpen spot.
Nov 16 - 2:15 PM

Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports that the Yankees "have multiple offers on the table" for Sonny Gray and appear close to trading the right-hander.

General manager Brian Cashman said last month that he expected to trade Gray and he noted at last week's GM Meetings that "a lot of teams" were interested in the hurler. The Yanks are weighing the offers for Gray and it sounds like they could pick one soon. Gray posted a 4.90 ERA in 2018 but would be a solid bounce-back candidate in a better environment. The Reds and A's are known to be in on Gray, but Martino says there are "approximately 11" teams interested.
Source: SNY TV
Nov 16 - 1:49 PM



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