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Rob Bradford of WEEI.com believes that the Yankees will pursue free agent right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

Bradford noted that "everybody and their mother" is in on Eovaldi, who helped his stock tremendously with his strong showing in the postseason. The Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Blue Jays, Padres and Giants are other teams that are also believed to have interest in Eovaldi's services.
Source: WEEI.com
Nov 18 - 6:08 PM

According to Ian Browne of MLB.com, the Red Sox are unlikely to resign free agent closer Craig Kimbrel.

The veteran right-hander hit the open market when he rejected his one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer earlier this week. While the Red Sox would love to retain him and get the band back together for another run at a title, Browne believes that Kimbrel is expected to command much more than the Red Sox will be willing to pay for a closer, especially with raises on tap for Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. through arbitration.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 18 - 4:58 PM

Initial X-rays on Braves outfield prospect Braxton Davidson's left foot showed a mid-foot sprain.

Davidson injured the foot Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game when he hit a walk-off home run. It looks like he avoided any broken bones, although he's slated to undergo an MRI on Monday just to be sure.
Nov 18 - 3:01 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers are receiving trade interest in Mike Minor.

Trading Minor would further deplete the Rangers' already paper-thin rotation depth, but it would be hard for them to pass on a good offer since they look like unlikely contenders for the next couple years. The left-hander posted a nice 4.18 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 132/38 K/BB ratio over 157 innings in 2018 and is set to make just $19 million over the next two seasons.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 18 - 10:57 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Blue Jays, Padres and Giants are the "early suitors" for Nathan Eovaldi.

Cafardo adds that "there's likely to be more." Eovaldi could wind up being the most highly sought after free agent starter aside from Patrick Corbin after he thrived down the stretch of the regular season and playoffs for Boston. He's plenty risky both from a performance and health standpoint, but the hard-throwing righty is awfully intriguing and will turn just 29 in February.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 18 - 10:40 AM

Braves prospect OF Braxton Davidson hurt his foot after hitting a walk-off home run in Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game.

Davidson hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning but hopped home, and was heard telling people "I broke my foot" as he was being helped off the field. He was taken to a local hospital for further testing for a possible left foot fracture. What an emotional swing for the 22-year-old.
Nov 17 - 7:09 PM

Brewers second base prospect Keston Hiura headlines the Peoria Javelinas' starting lineup against the Salt River Rafters in Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game.

Hiura was the ninth pick of the first round in the 2017 draft. An elbow injury has limited his playing time since turning pro but he made it as far as Double-A this year. In Fall League action he batted .323/.371/.563 with five homers and a league-leading 33 RBI in 23 games. The full Peoria starting lineup is Lucius Fox SS Rays, Keston Hiura 2B Brewers, Cristian Pache CF Braves, Austin Allen DH Padres, Hudson Potts 3B Padres, Buddy Reed RF Padres, Braxton Davidson 1B Braves, Joe DeCarlo C Mariners, Ian Miller LF Mariners, Miguel Diaz SP Padres.
Nov 17 - 12:14 PM

Rockies' first base prospect Tyler Nevin headlines the Salt River Rafters' lineup for Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game against the Peoria Javelinas.

Nevin slashed .426/.535/.593 (leading the AFL in all three of those categories) with zero homers and 20 RBI in 17 games. The 21-year-old played at Single-A Lancaster this year, registering a .328 batting average with 13 homers and 62 RBI in 100 games. The full Rafters starting lineup is Jazz Chizholm SS DBacks, Josh Fuentes 3B Rockies, Sam Hilliard RF Rockies, Tyler Nevin 1B Rockies, Daulton Varsho DH DBacks, Carter Kieboom 2B Nationals, Monte Harrison CF Marlins, Daniel Johnson LF Nationals, Tres Barrera C Nationals, Jordan Yamamoto SP Marlins.
Nov 17 - 11:55 AM

Blue Jays acquired RHP Trent Thornton from the Astros in exchange for SS Aledmys Diaz.

The 25-year-old right-hander was a fifth round draft pick in 2015. He played for the Astros' Triple-A affiliate the Fresno Grizzlies this year, racking up a 9-8 record with a 4.42 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 124 1/3 innings in 22 starts and two relief appearances. He is likely to make his major league debut for the Blue Jays at some point in the upcoming season.
Nov 17 - 11:37 AM

Astros acquired INF Aledmys Diaz from the Blue Jays for RHP Trent Thornton.

He will likely serve in a utility role for his new team and can be viewed as a replacement for Marwin Gonzalez, who is likely to depart in free agency. Diaz played in 130 games for the Blue Jays this year, slashing .263/.303/.453 with 18 home runs and 55 RBI.
Nov 17 - 11:32 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Blue Jays are not actively negotiating trade scenarios with any other teams regarding starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.

He mentions the Reds as one of the teams with interest in Stroman, whose performance slumped badly this year. He went 4-9 with a 5.54 ERA in 19 starts and struck out only 77 batters in 102 1/3 innings. He missed two months of the season with shoulder fatigue and a finger blister led to another disabled list stint in August. On the plus side he had a 3.84 xFIP and his 62.1% groundball rate was the highest in the majors -- which would be an attractive attribute for a team like the Reds who play in a homer-happy ballpark. One year prior in 2017 he went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 33 starts. If his injuries are behind him he could be a strong bounceback candidate in the upcoming season.
Nov 17 - 11:10 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today believes the Diamondbacks are highly likely to trade away starting pitcher Zack Greinke this winter.

The team owes the 35-year-old Greinke $104.8 million over the next three seasons. He is still one of the game's best pitchers (15-11, 3.21 ERA, 199 strikeouts this year) but at this stage of their competitive cycle the Diamondbacks might be better served by trading him for younger, cheaper players. They finished 82-80 this year and are losing Patrick Corbin, A.J. Pollock and others. Nightengale says "Their full intent is to have a rebuild here, and you can't rebuild when you have a pitcher making 34-and-a-half million dollars." He mentions the Cardinals as one potential suitor.
Nov 17 - 9:44 AM

Rangers re-signed RHP Walker Weickel to a minor league contract.

The 25-year-old and former first round pick of the Padres has spent the past two seasons in the Rangers' organization. In 2018, he compiled a 4.75 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 102/38 K/BB ratio across 113 2/3 innings between High-A Down East and Double-A Frisco. He'll continue to function as minor league rotation depth for the Rangers.
Nov 16 - 7:54 PM

Rockies' general manager Jeff Bridich announced Friday that hitting coach Duane Espy and first base coach Tony Diaz will not return to the team for the 2019 season.

Both coaches had been long-time members of the Rockies' organization. Diaz signed on to be the new third base coach for Rocco Baldelli and the Minnesota Twins. Espy had functioned as the team's hitting coach for the past two seasons.
Nov 16 - 7:11 PM

Angels signed OF Peter Bourjos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 31-year-old outfielder was a 10th round pick of the Angels in 2005 and spent the first four years of his big league career (2010 - 2013) with the Halos. He saw limited action with the Braves during the 2018 campaign, slashing just .205/.239/.364 with one homer and four RBI in 47 plate appearances. He'll compete for a reserve outfielder role on the club's Opening Day roster.
Nov 16 - 6:43 PM



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