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Casey Kelly has agreed to a contract with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly broke the news on his personal Instagram page. The former first-round pick was pushed off the Giants' 40-man roster in October and elected to become a free agent. He holds a 5.46 ERA in 85 2/3 career major league innings.
Nov 20 - 11:46 PM

Diamondbacks signed INF/OF Kelby Tomlinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Tomlinson posted an ugly .207/.265/.264 batting line in 152 plate appearances this past season for the Giants. He can play all over the field defensively, but the 28-year-old seems doubtful to make a big impact in Arizona.
Nov 20 - 11:43 PM

Cubs sent LHP Jerry Vasto outright to Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs claimed the 26-year-old left-hander off waivers from the Royals on July 31. Vasto posted an 8.31 ERA over his first 4 1/3 major league innings (six appearances) this past season between Colorado and Kansas City.
Nov 20 - 11:29 PM

Cubs sent OF Johnny Field outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Field was claimed off waivers from the Twins earlier this month but has now been removed the Cubs' 40-man roster. The 26-year-old outfielder batted just .222/.254/.403 in 223 plate appearances between Tampa Bay and Minnesota in 2018.
Nov 20 - 11:27 PM

Padres RHP prospect Anderson Espinoza (elbow) threw bullpen sessions during the team's fall instructional league.

And he should be cleared to face live hitters leading into spring training in February. The 20-year-old right-hander has been on the shelf since 2016 due to elbow troubles that eventually led to Tommy John surgery, but he should still have a bright future ahead. Espinoza was ranked the No. 19 overall prospect in the game by Baseball America back in 2016.
Nov 20 - 10:41 PM

Twins acquired INF Brian Schales from the Marlins for RHP Nick Anderson.

Schales, a fourth-round pick in 2014 out of a high school in California, batted .258/.354/.403 with 10 home runs and 27 doubles over 127 games this past season at Double-A Jacksonville. The 22-year-old is a .242/.325/.332 career hitter in the minors but has shown some signs of progress. He primarily plays third base.
Nov 20 - 10:07 PM

Giants sent RHP Chase Johnson outright to Triple-A Sacramento.

Johnson is now off the 40-man roster. He spent the entire 2018 season at Double-A Richmond, where he posted a 3.86 ERA and 37/21 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings.
Nov 20 - 9:43 PM

Giants purchased the contract of RHP Logan Webb from Double-A Richmond.

Webb, a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 out of a California high school, posted a 2.41 ERA and 100 strikeouts over 104 2/3 innings this summer between High-A and Double-A. The 22-year-old right-hander is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 9:40 PM

Giants purchased the contract of RHP Sam Coonrod from High-A San Jose.

Coonrod is now on the Giants' 40-man roster and protected from the Rule 5 Draft. The former fifth-round pick holds a 3.46 ERA and 350 strikeouts in 395 2/3 career minor league innings.
Nov 20 - 9:37 PM

Giants purchased the contract of RHP Melvin Adon from High-A San Jose.

Adon mostly struggled as a starter in the minors in 2018, but he posted a 2.92 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings of relief in the Arizona Fall League. The 24-year-old right-hander is now protected from selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 9:35 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of LHP Justin Steele from Double-A Tennessee.

Steele, a former fifth-round pick, posted a strong 2.31 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 53/13 K/BB ratio over 46 2/3 innings this summer in the minors after returning from Tommy John surgery. The 23-year-old southpaw is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft and should make the jump to Triple-A Iowa -- possibly even the majors -- in 2019.
Nov 20 - 9:31 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of RHP James Kaprielian from Triple-A Nashville.

The move protects Kaprielian from being subject to the Rule 5 Draft. He underwent Tommy John surgery last April, but he was able to pitch in the instructional leagues this fall. Acquired in the deal that sent Sonny Gray to the Yankees, Kaprielian is an intriguing arm who has shown three above-average pitches that he can command in the strike zone. If fully recovered, he could compete for a rotation spot soon, with 2020 being the most realistic ETA.
Nov 20 - 9:31 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Grant Holmes from Triple-A Nashville.

Holmes was a first-round pick of the Dodgers in 2014, and came over to the Athletics in the Rich Hill/Josh Reddick trade. The 22-year-old dealt with shoulder injuries in 2018, but when he's at his best, he'll show a high 90s fastball and a swing-and-miss curveball. A move to the bullpen could come soon to protect him, but it's not out of the question he becomes a mid-rotation starter.
Nov 20 - 9:30 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of OF Skye Bolt from Triple-A Nashville.

Yes, Bolt has one of the best names in baseball. He's also an intriguing talent as a switch-hitter with some power, speed and excellent defense in the outfield. His hit tool leaves a lot to be desired, however, so he profiles best as a fourth outfielder at this point.
Nov 20 - 9:27 PM

Twins purchased the contract of INF Luis Arraez from Double-A Chattanooga.

Arraez had a .310/.361/.397 batting line in 108 games this summer between High-A and Double-A. He lacks power and doesn't steal many bases, but the Twins are probably thinking the 21-year-old infielder could one day turn into a regular at the major league level. He is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 9:27 PM



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