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Date: Team: Pos:

Rangers hired Luis Ortiz as hitting coach.

Ortiz served as the Dodgers' assistant hitting coach in 2018, working alongside Chris Woodward, the former third base coach of the Dodgers and new manager in Texas. The Rangers have also named Don Wakamatsu as their bench coach, Jayce Tingler as their major league player development field coordinator, Tony Beasley as third base coach, and Hector Ortiz as first base coach.
Nov 14 - 6:34 PM

Blake Snell was named the winner of the 2018 American League Cy Young Award.

Snell pitched just 180 2/3 total innings in 2018, a much smaller number than fellow finalists Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber, but the 25-year-old Tampa Bay left-hander still managed a league-high 21 wins and 221 strikeouts alongside a stellar 1.89 ERA. Snell received 17 of the 30 first-place votes. Verlander got the other 13 for his third career second-place finish. He won the award in 2011.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 14 - 6:21 PM

Red Sox signed manager Alex Cora to a one-year contract extension.

Cora was already under contract through 2020, but the Red Sox won 108 regular-season games and a World Series title in his first year at the helm, and will reward the 43-year-old accordingly. He finished second in the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year voting to Athletics manager Bob Melvin. Cora is now signed with Boston through 2021, with a new club option for 2022.
Nov 14 - 5:57 PM

Athletics signed RHP Jake Buchanan to a minor league contract.

Buchanan posted a rough 5.17 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and 86/47 K/BB ratio over 156 2/3 innings (26 starts, one relief appearance) this past season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks. The 29-year-old groundball specialist could fare a little better with the A's, but he is nothing more than minor league depth right now.
Nov 14 - 5:36 PM

Indians acquired INF Max Moroff and OF Jordan Luplow from the Pirates for INF Erik Gonzalez, RHP Tahnaj Thomas, and RHP Dante Mendoza.

Moroff owns an uninspiring .193/.293/.331 career batting line over parts of three major league seasons, but the 25-year-old can play all around the infield defensively and will presumably be given the chance to compete for a spot on the Indians' bench leading into 2019. He's doubtful to ever hold fantasy relevance.
Nov 14 - 4:29 PM

Indians acquired OF Jordan Luplow and INF Max Moroff from the Pirates for INF Erik Gonzalez, RHP Tahnaj Thomas, and RHP Dante Mendoza.

Luplow was blocked by a crowded outfield depth chart in Pittsburgh and should have a better chance of becoming a regular at the MLB level in Cleveland. The 25-year-old spent the majority of the 2018 season at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he posted a decent .287/.367/.462 batting line with eight home runs and seven stolen bases over 88 games. He holds a .194/.274/.371 career slash line in the bigs, but that has come with inconsistent playing time.
Nov 14 - 4:23 PM

The Mariners are expected to make Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Tim Laker their new hitting coach.

Laker wasn't known for his bat during an 11-year big-league career that saw him hit .226/.276/.326 in 651 at-bats as a backup catcher. That's not quite as impressive as the line of the man he's replacing in Seattle, Edgar Martinez. Martinez, who wanted to spend more time at home this year, will serve as a hitting advisor throughout the Mariners organization.
Nov 14 - 3:32 PM

Mike Elias will be named the Orioles' new general manager, the Houston Chronicle's Chandler Rome confirms.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand is also on it. Elias is leaving his job as an assistant GM for the Astros, continuing the mass exodus they've seen from their front office. Sig Mejdal is another who left and is expected to join Elias in Baltimore, according to Feinsand.
Nov 14 - 9:55 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles "barring a change of heart."

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com named Elias as one of the top candidates for the job last week, and it sounds like there is some form of an agreement in place. Elias has been serving as the Astros' assistant general manager since August 2016, when David Stearns left for the Brewers. He had previously served as Houston's scouting director, and as a scout for the Cardinals before that. The 35-year-old is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a left-handed pitcher on the baseball team all four years.
Nov 14 - 12:04 AM

Rays signed LHP Ryan Merritt to a minor league contract.

Merritt spent the entire 2018 season at Triple-A Columbus, where he posted a 3.79 ERA, 1.178 WHIP, and 52/2 K/BB ratio in 13 starts and two relief appearances covering 71 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old southpaw's elite control could lead him back to the majors with the Rays in 2019. He put up an impressive 1.71 ERA in 31 2/3 innings with the Indians between 2016-2017.
Nov 13 - 11:39 PM

Red Sox signed C Juan Centeno to a minor league contract.

Centeno appeared in just 10 games at the major league level in 2018, batting .162/.184/.270 over 38 plate appearances with the Rangers. The 28-year-old will be nothing more than minor league catching depth for the Red Sox.
Nov 13 - 10:55 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been named the 2018 American League Manager of the Year.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Rays manager Kevin Cash both had strong cases, but Melvin was the obvious choice here. He led a club with the lowest Opening Day payroll to a 97-65 regular-season record, fourth-best among all major league teams and a 22-win improvement over the previous year. Melvin, who also won NL Manager of the Year in 2007 and AL Manager of the Year in 2012, inked a multi-year contract extension with the A's late last month.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 13 - 6:52 PM

Royals signed RHP Michael Ynoa to a minor league contract.

Ynoa did not play MLB-affiliated ball in 2018 after getting released by the White Sox in mid-March, but he has pitched well in the Dominican Winter League this offseason. The former top prospect will act as organizational pitching depth for Kansas City leading into the 2019 season. He turned 27 years old in September.
Nov 13 - 5:29 PM

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the White Sox are "actively trying" to trade Avisail Garcia.

The sense is that the White Sox could non-tender Garcia if they are unable to find a deal. The 27-year-old struggled through knee and hamstring injuries this past season while batting just .236/.281/.438 with 19 homers over 93 games. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee last month. Garcia received a $6.7 million salary in 2018 and will get a raise in arbitration this winter, so interest could be limited.
Nov 13 - 11:35 AM

Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will leave the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday to attend to a family matter.

His team, the Surprise Saguaros, only have three games remaining and have already been limited from contention. Guerrero started off red hot in the AFL before cooling off in recent days, but he still finished with a .351/.398/.446 batting line with seven doubles, 17 RBI, and a 6/8 K/BB ratio over 19 games. The 19-year-old sensation is on track to make his major league debut in the early part of the 2019 season.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 13 - 11:13 AM



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