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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that reliever Bryan Shaw has received multi-year contract offers from two teams.

Hoynes doesn't specify the two teams, but speculates that the Mets are likely one of them, adding weight to the reporting of Mike Puma of the New York Post, who has heard similar rumblings from the Mets' front office in recent days. Shaw's former pitching coach in Cleveland, Mickey Callaway, is now the manager of the Mets. The 30-year-old Shaw has an excellent 3.13 ERA in his career with 398 strikeouts in 446 1/3 innings. His 378 appearances in the last five years led all major league pitchers over that span. He made $4.6 million in his last year of arbitration in 2017 with the Indians. It is possible the Indians could be the second team to offer him a long-term contract as they have said they would love to have him back if he doesn't price himself out of town.
Nov 24 - 9:22 PM

Former Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was killed in a traffic accident in his native Cuba.

He was just 34 years of age. Gonzalez was a big signing for the Phillies back in 2013 but ultimately disappointed, making just six appearances with the big club before being released in 2016. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Nov 24 - 4:00 PM

Blue Jays catching prospect Max Pentecost was pulled from Arizona Fall League play due to right shoulder discomfort.

The former first-round pick has had multiple surgeries on the shoulder and the renewed soreness is a major reason why the Jays didn't add him to the 40-man roster, exposing him to the Rule 5 Draft. Toronto is betting on Pentecost not being selected due to his injury issues in addition to his stalled development. Pentecost still hasn't advanced past A-ball even though he was drafted out of Kennesaw State in 2014.
Source: Sportsnet
Nov 24 - 3:06 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Jamie Romak has re-signed with the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Romak, 32, batted .242/.344/.554 with 31 homers over 102 games in Korea this past season. He hasn't played in the majors since 2015.
Nov 24 - 12:18 PM

Marlins signed INF Yadiel Rivera to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rivera, 25, has hit .183/.202/.232 over 88 plate appearances over parts of the last three seasons in the majors. He'll provide infield depth.
Nov 24 - 11:58 AM

Marlins signed OF J.B. Shuck to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Shuck, 30, spent all of 2017 at Triple-A in the Twins' organization, batting .259/.325/.368 with four homers and four steals. He could wind up having a shot at a roster spot if the Marlins trade an outfielder or two this winter.
Nov 24 - 11:56 AM

Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports that Jacob Brigham has re-signed with the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Brigham will make $650,000 on his one-year contract. The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 4.38 ERA over 24 starts for Nexen last season after the Tigers sold his minor league deal to the KBO club.
Nov 24 - 11:23 AM

Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports that Michael Choice has re-signed with the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization.

The Brewers sold Choice's minor league contract to Nexen in July and he's re-signed with them for $600,000, according to Yoo. The 28-year-old former top prospect hasn't played in the majors since 2015.
Nov 24 - 11:20 AM

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Dodgers have released Jose Miguel Fernandez.

Fernandez was signed for a $200,000 bonus out of Cuba last January and went on to bat .306/.367/.496 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI in 93 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, but he basically disappeared in late July. There are no stats on the record for him after July 29. We'd guess there's a lot more to the story here, but the Dodgers haven't released any details.
Nov 23 - 3:04 PM

Giants signed OF Luigi Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

Rodriguez posted a .276/.319/.497 batting line with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases in 82 games this past season for the Indians' Double-A affiliate. The 25-year-old outfielder has yet to play in a major league game and he probably won't get that opportunity with San Francisco.
Nov 23 - 2:37 PM

Yankees signed C Chace Numata to a minor league contract.

Numata batted just .249/.318/.351 with four home runs and 28 RBI in 84 games this summer for the Double-A affiliate of the Phillies. The 25-year-old catcher is nothing more than minor league depth for the Yankees.
Nov 23 - 2:31 PM

Rockies signed RHP Scott McGough to a minor league contract.

McGough registered a 2.75 ERA in 55 2/3 innings of relief this past season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Orioles, though that came with a less inspiring 1.49 WHIP. The 28-year-old right-hander is doubtful to make a significant impact with Colorado.
Nov 23 - 2:27 PM

White Sox signed RHP Dustin Antolin to a minor league contract.

Antolin was dumped from the Nationals' minor league system around the middle of the 2017 season after struggling badly in four starts and 20 relief appearances at Triple-A Syracuse, but he went on to post good numbers for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. The 28-year-old right-hander will likely open the 2018 season at Triple-A Charlotte.
Nov 23 - 2:23 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets are "keeping tabs" on free agent reliever Joe Smith.

They're also said to be monitoring the markets for Addison Reed, Bryan Shaw, and left-hander Mike Minor. Smith is a favorite of former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who became the Mets' manager earlier this month. The sidearming right-hander registered a sharp 3.33 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 71/10 K/BB ratio in 54 innings this past season between Toronto and Cleveland.
Nov 23 - 1:34 PM

In a new team podcast, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said the club will make a "full-court press" for Shohei Ohtani.

Dipoto mentioned on that same topic that the team would be willing to play slugger Nelson Cruz a few days in the outfield to accommodate Ohtani being able to DH on the days he's not pitching. The Mariners have long been considered a candidate for Ohtani because of their history with Japanese players (Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kazuhiro Sasaki, just to name a few), but also because they have an obvious need for starting pitching. The fact that the M's would also be willing to let Ohtani hit, at least according to the podcast, is something that could serve them well in their bid for the 23-year-old two-way talent. It wouldn't be a major upset at all if Ohtani ends up playing for the Mariners, though it's too early to list them (or any other team) as a frontrunner.
Nov 22 - 10:02 PM



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