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Date: Team: Pos:

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Matt Williams has agreed to become the third base coach for the Athletics.

Williams replaces Chip Hale, who left to take over as bench coach of the Nationals. Williams managed the Nationals during the 2014-15 seasons and has served two stints as a base coach for the Diamondbacks. He spent the 2017 season as a broadcaster for the Giants. In his playing days Williams was a slugging third baseman who had a .268 batting average with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in a 17-year career. He is the only player to hit World Series home runs for three different teams (Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks).
Nov 17 - 8:15 PM

Angel Nesbitt has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for Heptaminol.

Nesbitt, who turns 27 in a few weeks, has really struggled in the minors the last three seasons and in his brief time in the majors in 2015. A minor league free agent, he now has a PED suspension hanging over his head.
Nov 17 - 4:10 PM

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees' manager job on Friday.

The Yankees are casting a wide net in their search to replace Joe Girardi, and that includes Boone, who has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees "are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience." Boone would seem to be a long shot to get the job, but no favorites appear to have emerged to this point.
Nov 17 - 1:35 PM

1B Carlos Santana rejected the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Santana had a rough first half in his walk year but rebounded big time after the All-Star break to ultimately finish with a .259/.363/.455 batting line and 23 home runs. He'll turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018 but won't have trouble landing a big contract this winter.
Nov 17 - 11:46 AM

3B Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Moustakas is set to strike it rich this offseason after slugging a career-high 38 home runs for the Royals this past season. He's a native of Southern California and the Angels have already been pegged as a likely pursuer of the third baseman this winter.
Nov 17 - 11:44 AM

1B Eric Hosmer rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Of the nine players extended the offer, Hosmer might be in line for the biggest contract, and among position players he certainly will wind up with the largest deal. Hosmer's production in his career has wavered between average and good, but he just turned 28 less than a month ago, helping to raise his floor over the course of his impending contract even if his upside isn't super high.
Nov 17 - 11:38 AM

RHP Alex Cobb rejected the Rays' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Cobb might not wind up getting that much on an average annual basis on his new contract, but he's in line to receive a multi-year deal this winter, making it a pretty easy call to reject the offer. He held a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this past season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery.
Nov 17 - 11:26 AM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are close to signing Manny Banuelos to a minor league contract.

A former top prospect with the Yankees a few years ago, Banuelos' stuff has ticked down considerably in recent seasons following a string of arm injuries. He held a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization this past season.
Nov 17 - 9:27 AM

Orioles signed LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a minor league contract.

O'Rourke underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May, so he'll likely miss at least the first couple of months of next season. The 29-year-old had a 4.98 ERA in 47 innings for the Twins between 2015 and 2016.
Nov 16 - 8:26 PM

Jose Altuve was voted first on 27 of 30 ballots to win American League MVP honors, announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

It seemed like this race was set up to be a lot closer between Altuve and Aaron Judge, but the voters made their preference clear. Judge didn't even get all of the remaining first-place votes; Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star put Jose Ramirez first and dropped Judge down to third. Ramirez was also third on 22 ballots to easily finish in the "show" spot in the vote. Mike Trout was fourth, followed by Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts and Corey Kluber.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 16 - 6:52 PM

Alex Cobb and every other free agent given qualifying offers declined said offer prior to Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline.

There wasn't much doubt this was coming. Since the rewards have been lessened, no team gave a qualifying offer to a borderline player who might have accepted it, such as Zack Cozart or Andrew Cashner. Cobb, Greg Holland and Wade Davis might ultimately sign for less per year than the $17.4 million the qualifying offer was worth, but all will get multiyear deals. It certainly wasn't a consideration for the other six to get the offer: Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Santana and Lance Lynn.
Nov 16 - 5:25 PM

Blue Jays signed RHP Deck McGuire to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

McGuire was a first-round flop with the Blue Jays after being taken 11th overall in 2010, so it's surprising that he would want back in. He's coming off his best season as a pro, going 9-9 with a 2.79 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 168 innings for Double-A Pensacola and then posting a 2.63 ERA in two starts and four relief appearances for the Reds in September. His stuff is fringy, and it still seems like a long shot that he'll have a significant major league career.
Nov 16 - 5:06 PM

Tigers signed RHP Kevin Comer to a minor league contract.

Comer, a former supplemental first-round pick of the Blue Jays, posted a 3.51 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings of relief this past season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Astros. The 25-year-old right-hander will function as organizational bullpen depth for the Tigers.
Nov 16 - 3:56 PM

Tigers signed INF/OF Niko Goodrum to a minor league contract.

Goodrum was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster earlier this month. The versatile 25-year-old spent the large majority of the 2017 season at Triple-A Rochester, where he hit .265/.309/.425 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 127 games. He joins a rebuilding club in Detroit, which could allow him a real opportunity at the major league level.
Nov 16 - 3:54 PM

OF Lorenzo Cain rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

It was a no-brainer for Cain, who should do quite well for himself on the free agent market after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases over 155 games this past season in Kansas City. He's already said to be drawing interest from the Blue Jays and Mets, and the Rangers, Mariners, and Giants could also be potential fits. The only major thing working against him is that he turns 32 years old next April.
Nov 16 - 3:51 PM



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