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The Brewers will consider bringing back free agent Mike Moustakas, GM David Stearns said Wednesday.

The Brewers currently have a full infield with Jonathan Schoop at second and Travis Shaw, but they could trade or non-tender Schoop and play Shaw at second. It'd seem to make more sense to keep Schoop; it'd be just a one-year commitment, it'd give the Brewers a better defense and it's hardly beyond the realm of possibility that Schoop outhits Moustakas next year anyway.
Nov 21 - 1:20 PM

The Orioles have hired Sig Mejdal as their new assistant general manager of analytics.

He's following new executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias in moving from Houston's front office to Baltimore's. Mejdal has a good reputation as one of the better analytical minds in the game and looks like a good get as the Orioles go into their rebuilding phase.
Nov 21 - 12:11 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Phillies have Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek on the trade block.

The Phillies are also fielding offers for Carlos Santana and they're considered one of the favorites to land Bryce Harper or Manny Machado (or possibly even both), as the club is expected to be among the most active this winter. Hunter is set to make $9 million in 2019 in his final year under contract, while Neshek will earn $7.75 million in 2019 and has a $7 million option for 2020.
Nov 21 - 12:04 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that "at least a half-dozen teams are believed to be real players" for Noah Syndergaard.

Heyman adds that the Mets "are seriously considering" trading Syndergaard "if they could fill multiple holes with real impact." The Padres are one club known to have interest in the hard-throwing right-hander, but it's no surprise that multiple other clubs would be in on the bidding if the Mets are seriously mulling trading "Thor."
Nov 21 - 12:00 PM

The Rays have hired Rodney Linares as their new third base coach.

Linares had been a coach and manager in the Astros organization. He's replacing Matt Quatraro, who was promoted to bench coach after Charlie Montoyo left to become the Blue Jays' new manager.
Nov 21 - 11:07 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals are "maintaining interest" in Michael Brantley.

The Cards would prefer a corner infielder as they seek lineup upgrades, but they've been connected to Bryce Harper and evidently are considering Brantley, too. Brantley would provide them with the left-handed bat they're looking for. The 31-year-old batted .309/.364/.468 with 17 homers and 76 RBI in 143 games for the Indians this past season.
Nov 21 - 10:51 AM

Orioles re-signed INF/OF Jace Peterson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Peterson hit .195/.308/.325 in 200 at-bats for the Orioles last season, giving him a .633 OPS that's only a tad below his career .648 mark. He offers versatility on defense, but he's just not particularly adept anywhere. As far as 25th men go, he's still a pretty weak option.
Nov 21 - 10:04 AM

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



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