Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Mets will interview former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on Wednesday for the same position with their club.
Mike Puma of the New York Post reported earlier this month that Long would receive consideration for the job, and it appears that he will indeed interview. The Yankees struggled offensively the last two seasons, but they had been terrific prior to that during Long's tenure.
Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Enrique Burgos from High-A Visalia.
Burgos needed to be added to the 40-man roster in order to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft. The 23-year-old hard-thrower experienced a breakthrough in High-A this season, posting a 2.47 ERA while striking out 83 over 54 2/3 innings.
Rusney Castillo suffered a minor hand injury Monday in the Arizona Fall League.
Castillo will likely sit out much of this week as a precautionary measure, but he should ultimately be fine. The 27-year-old center fielder is batting .278/.333/.361 with three doubles, three walks, and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. With good power and speed, he has the potential to carry significant fantasy value in 2015.
Phillies re-signed RHP Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
The deal includes performance-based bonuses that could carry the total value up to $4 million. Williams was a nice surprise down the stretch this year for Philadelphia, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 38/17 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings (nine starts), but expecting him to replicate that success over a full season is probably foolish. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 4.40 career ERA and a 1.36 career WHIP.
Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that Mike Zagurski has signed with the Hiroshima Carp.
Zagurski was released by the Blue Jays in early September and has now found an attractive deal in Japan. The left-hander posted good numbers this season at the Triple-A level and should do pretty well in a relief role in Nippon Professional Baseball.