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Blue Jays prospect outfielder Griffin Conine has been suspended 50 games for violating the minor-league drug prevention and treatment program.

He was suspended for using Ritalinic acid, a stimulant. Conine, the son of former major leaguer Jeff Conine, was the second-round pick of the Blue Jays this year. The 21-year-old batted .243/.314/.430 with seven homers in 57 games during his first stint in pro ball in 2018, mostly with Low-A Vancouver. Now he's going to get a late start on his 2019 campaign.
Nov 19 - 3:41 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Dustin Pedroia won't have surgery on his left knee this winter.

Pedroia only appeared in three games this season due to setbacks from offseason knee surgery and required a cleanup procedure in late July, but the Red Sox are hopeful he'll be ready for the 2019 season. He's expected to continue rehabbing through the middle of December before resuming running in January. The Red Sox aren't going to make spending on second base a priority, but it's always possible they could look toward some late spring training invites if he isn't progressing as hoped.
Nov 19 - 3:25 PM

Nationals purchased the contract of RHP James Bourque from Double-A Harrisburg.

The move protects Bourque from next month's Rule 5 Draft. The 25-year-old probably would have been a logical target for teams after putting up a 1.70 ERA and 76/26 K/BB ratio over 53 relief innings between High-A and Double-A this year.
Nov 19 - 3:19 PM

The Brewers have named Chris Hook as their new pitching coach.

He'll replace Derek Johnson, who left for a job with the Reds following the postseason. Hook gets a promotion after working in the Brewers' minor league system for the past decade. He served as a roving minor league pitching coordinator this past season. The Brewers have also officially announced Andy Haines as their new hitting coach, as well as the additions of Steve Karsay as bullpen coach and Scott Barringer as head athletic trainer.
Nov 19 - 3:12 PM

David O'Brien of The Athletic hears that the Braves are not in on free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.

O'Brien speculated earlier in the day on Monday that the Braves could make a play for Harper, but he was quickly told by a trusted source that the club isn't willing to give a 10-year deal. That essentially takes them out of play for Harper, who shouldn't have a hard time finding that elsewhere. The Braves are expected to acquire an outfielder this offseason, with Michael Brantley as one rumored free agent target. Nick Markakis also hasn't been ruled out from returning, but he might be viewed as more of a backup plan.
Nov 19 - 2:48 PM

The Reds have hired J.R. House as their new third base and catching coach.

Donnie Ecker has also been added as assistant hitting coach on David Bell's new staff. House has spent the last seven seasons working in the Diamondbacks' minor league system, including most recently as the minor league field coordinator. He played five seasons in the majors, making stops with the Pirates, Astros, and Orioles.
Nov 19 - 2:35 PM

Mark Feinsand of reports that Erick Aybar is looking to make a comeback in 2019.

Aybar posted a rough .645 OPS with the Padres in 2017 and didn't play with a major-league affiliated team this year, but he put up good numbers in the Mexican League and is currently playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. He'll be 35 in January and will have to settle for a minor league contract at this point in his career.
Nov 19 - 1:32 PM

Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, and Andy Pettitte are among the first-time eligible players for the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot.

Todd Helton, Michael Young, and Miguel Tejada are among the other notable additions to the ballot. Rivera and the late Halladay should get in while Pettitte is a more complicated case. They'll join an impressive list of holdovers, including Edgar Martinez, who fell just 20 votes short last year. Results will be announced on January 22.
Nov 19 - 12:19 PM

Cardinals re-signed 1B/OF Rangel Ravelo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ravelo, 26, batted .308/.392/.487 with 13 homers over 100 games at Triple-A Memphis in 2018. He's a useful bat to have around in the upper levels of the minors.
Nov 19 - 12:06 PM

Cardinals re-signed C Jose Godoy to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Godoy spent time between High-A and Double-A this past season while batting .281/.368/.360 with two homers and 18 RBI over 77 games. The 24-year-old figures to head back to the minors to begin 2019, but he'll provide some depth in the early part of camp.
Nov 19 - 12:01 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Mike Hauschild to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hauschild appeared in two games with the Blue Jays in 2018 and posted a 4.90 ERA in 23 starts in Triple-A between stops with Toronto and Houston. The 28-year-old is unlikely to be a major contributor for St. Louis, but he'll give them another arm in Triple-A at the very least.
Nov 19 - 11:53 AM

Cardinals signed LHP Hunter Cervenka to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cervenka split this past season between independent ball and the Tigers' minor league system. The 28-year-old owns a 4.69 ERA and 48/36 K/BB ratio over 48 relief innings in the majors. The southpaw will provide bullpen depth going into the spring.
Nov 19 - 11:48 AM

Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Franklin Perez from Triple-A Toledo.

Perez is now protected from next month's Rule 5 Draft. Perez, a key part of the Justin Verlander trade with the Astros, was limited to just 19 1/3 innings in the minors this year before being shut down with capsular inflammation in his pitching shoulder. However, the Tigers still have high hopes for him. He doesn't turn 21 until next month.
Nov 19 - 11:43 AM

Andy Martino of reports that the Mets are exploring free agent starting pitchers in the event that the club trades Noah Syndergaard.

There's nothing to indicate anything is close on Syndergaard, but new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is keeping an open mind to upgrade the roster in other areas. With that in mind, they are keeping in touch with the representatives for the big-name starters on the market. Patrick Corbin will be the most expensive, but J.A. Happ, Dallas Keuchel, and Nathan Eovaldi are among the other notable names.
Nov 19 - 11:34 AM

According to Mark Feinsand of, the Nationals have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

The deal is pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that it's a two-year, $10 million deal. Suzuki jumps to a division rival after spending the past two seasons with the Braves. The 35-year-old batted .271/.332/.444 with 12 homers over 105 games in 2018. This will be Suzuki's second stint with Washington, as he previously played for the club in 2012 and 2013.
Nov 19 - 11:26 AM

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