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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Indians are "drawing significant trade interest" in Yan Gomes.

They're also getting trade interest in some of their starting pitchers, with one executive telling Rosenthal that the Indians are "scrambling to get young players" to clear payroll. Gomes is set to earn $7 million in 2019 and has a $9 million club option for 2020 and $11 million club option for 2021. The 31-year-old hit .266/.313/.449 with 16 homers this season and made his first All-Star team.
Nov 19 - 10:29 PM

Angels signed C Dustin Garneau to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Garneau spent nearly all of 2018 at the Triple-A level, hitting .237/.314/.422 with nine homers. The Angels' catching situation is wide open at the moment, but the 31-year-old still probably isn't going to make the Opening Day roster.
Nov 19 - 9:58 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Jeff Mathis' two-year contract with the Rangers is worth $6.25 million.

Mathis is a career .198/.258/.306 hitter and will turn 36 next March but is set for new career highs in earnings the next two seasons. His deal with Texas is not yet official, as the Rangers could be waiting until after the Rule 5 deadline Tuesday.
Nov 19 - 9:38 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Cardinals are the two teams "that have had the most meaningful discussions" with the Diamondbacks regarding a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "no deal is close" and talks are "not yet advanced," but it looks like Houston and St. Louis could be the early favorites to land the six-time All-Star. Goldschmidt is slated to earn $14.5 million next season before entering free agency next winter. It's obviously going to take a big package to land him even though he's only under team control for one year. Goldy rebounded from a slow start to finish with a .290/.389/.533 and 33 home runs in 2018.
Nov 19 - 9:33 PM

MBC+ News in Korea has reported that Jacob Turner has signed with the KIA Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Turner has posted a 5.37 ERA over parts of seven seasons for five different teams in the majors. The former top prospect is still just 27 but is ready to try things overseas.
Nov 19 - 8:31 PM

Twins purchased the contract of OF LaMonte Wade from Triple-A Rochester.

Wade batted .257/.360/.380 with 11 homers and 10 stolen bases between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He'll turn 25 in January and is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 19 - 7:37 PM

Twins purchased the contract of SS Nick Gordon from Triple-A Rochester.

Gordon took a step backward in 2018, as he really struggled after a promotion to Rochester with an ugly .212/.262/.283 batting line over 99 games. However, he just turned 23 last month and remains one of the better shortstop prospects in the game. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 19 - 7:34 PM

Marlins claimed RHP Julian Fernandez off waivers from the Giants.

Fernandez missed all of 2018 and will get a late start to 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Since he's a Rule 5 pick, he'll have to stick on the Marlins' roster or be offered back to the Rockies.
Nov 19 - 7:23 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees remain interested in Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ even after acquiring James Paxton.

Morosi adds that the Yankees "are placing a higher priority on adding one more starting pitcher than signing Manny Machado or Bryce Harper." They've already re-signed CC Sabathia in addition to trading for Paxton and it appears that they're not done yet.
Nov 19 - 6:42 PM

Mariners acquired OF Dom Thompson-Williams, LHP Justus Sheffield and RHP Erik Swanson from the Yankees for LHP James Paxton.

Thompson-Williams batted .299/.363/.546 with 22 homers and 20 steals between Low- and High-A in 2018, although he was old for an A-ball player given that he'll turn 24 next April. The general consensus is that he's probably ultimately a fourth outfielder.
Nov 19 - 6:15 PM

Mariners acquired RHP Erik Swanson, LHP Justus Sheffield and OF Dom Thompson-Williams from the Yankees for LHP James Paxton.

Swanson, 25, posted a 2.66 ERA and 139/29 K/BB ratio over 121 2/3 innings across three levels in the minors this past season. He profiles as a back-end of the rotation starter and could make his major league debut at some point next year.
Nov 19 - 6:11 PM

Mariners acquired LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson and OF Dom Thompson-Williams from the Yankees for LHP James Paxton.

Sheffield was ranked by as the Yankees' top prospect and he will now slide into that spot for the Mariners. The left-hander's command can be hit-or-miss, but he misses bats and could be a good No. 2-3 starter in the majors if everything works out. Sheffield figures to begin next season in the minors but should spend plenty of time in Seattle's rotation.
Nov 19 - 6:08 PM

Yankees acquired LHP James Paxton from the Mariners for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson and OF Don Thompson-Williams.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to report the deal and it is now official. Sheffield is the headliner for Seattle, as he will immediately become their top prospect and should spend ample time in the big league rotation in 2019. Paxton's health history is sketchy to say the least -- he's never thrown more than 160 1/3 innings in the majors -- but he's a legitimate ace when on the mound. The Yankees will have the left-hander under team control for two years.
Nov 19 - 5:42 PM

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

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