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  • Hiura leads Peoria squad to AFL champ game
    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.

    Advice: 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. 44 minutes ago
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  • Nevin leads Rafters to AFL Championship game
    Rockies' first base prospect Tyler Nevin headlines the Salt River Rafters' lineup for Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game against the Peoria Javelinas.

    Advice: 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. Today, 8:55 am
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  • Diaz traded to the Astros for minors pitcher
    Astros acquired SS Aledmys Diaz from the Blue Jays for RHP Trent Thornton.

    Advice: 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. Today, 8:32 am
  • Jays not in serious trade talks about Stroman
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Blue Jays are not actively negotiating trade scenarios with any other teams regarding starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.

    Advice: 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. Today, 8:10 am
  • Greinke likely to be dealt as DBacks rebuild
    Bobby Nightengale of USA Today believes the Diamondbacks are highly likely to trade away starting pitcher Zack Greinke this winter.

    Advice: 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. Today, 6:44 am
  • Angels ink Peter Bourjos to minor league deal
    Angels signed OF Peter Bourjos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: 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. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
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  • Kenley Jansen to have heart surgery Nov. 26
    Kenley Jansen will undergo heart surgery on November 26.

    Advice: The procedure was expected after Jansen dealt with an irregular heartbeat again this season. The best-case scenario for his recovery is two weeks, although it could take him as long as eight weeks. The closer is expected to be ready for the start of spring training either way. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Red Sox re-sign Steve Pearce to one-year deal
    Red Sox re-signed INF/OF Steve Pearce to a one-year, $6.25 million contract.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported the deal and the Red Sox have officially announced it. After batting .279/.394/.507 with seven homers over 50 games down the stretch for the Red Sox, Pearce took home World Series MVP honors on the strength of three home runs and eight RBI during the Fall Classic. He'll turn 36 next April but should be useful again in a platoon role at first base with Mitch Moreland. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Caleb Smith (lat) expected for Opening Day
    Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Friday that Caleb Smith (lat) could be a little behind at the start of spring training.

    Advice: However, he does expect the left-hander to be ready in time for Opening Day. Smith was an early-season surprise for the Marlins before having surgery on his left lat in July. He'll have a good shot at an Opening Day rotation spot if he's healthy. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Pablo Lopez (shoulder) at full strength
    Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Friday that Pablo Lopez (shoulder) is at full strength.

    Advice: Lopez missed the final month of the season with a right shoulder strain, but Hill says the young right-hander "looks great, says he feels great." He'll have a shot to break camp as a member of Miami's rotation. Yesterday, 1:59 pm
  • A's interested in re-acquiring Sonny Gray's Jon Morosi reports that the Athletics have been in talks with the Yankees about re-acquiring Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Morosi says "there is no present momentum in talks" between the two clubs. Andy Martino of reported earlier Friday that the Yankees were weighing several offers for Gray and were likely to trade him soon. The Reds are another team known to be in on the right-hander, but many others are, as well. Yesterday, 12:37 pm
  • Twins sign Zack Weiss to minor league pact
    Twins signed RHP Zack Weiss to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Weiss made his major league debut with the Reds this season but failed to retire a batter in his one appearance. The 26-year-old also struggled in the minors in 2018, although he posted excellent numbers previously. Yesterday, 11:18 am
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  • Twins ink Preston Guilmet to minors deal
    Twins signed RHP Preston Guilmet to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Guilmet was rocked for 13 runs over 10 innings during his brief time in the majors this season, though he was excellent at Triple-A. He'll be a long shot to win a bullpen spot. Yesterday, 11:15 am
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  • Reds 'main focus' is James Paxton, Sonny Gray
    Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that James Paxton and Sonny Gray are the "main focus" for the Reds as they seek rotation upgrades.

    Advice: Heyman notes that they've talked to the Indians about Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, as well. The Reds have also been connected to the big free agent starter arms, as well, as it's clear they've intent on giving their rotation a shot in the arm this offseason. Paxton has been a popular trade target early on this winter, with the Yankees and Astros among the clubs also showing interest. Gray is a shoo-in to be dealt this offseason and would be reunited with former college pitching coach Derek Johnson in Cincinnati. Yesterday, 10:41 am
  • Padres 'remain interested' in Syndergaard
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Padres "remain interested" in Noah Syndergaard.

    Advice: The Padres had talks with the Mets about Syndergaard at the trade deadline and apparently are still interested in the talented right-hander. San Diego doesn't look like a contender now, but Syndergaard is under control for three more seasons and obviously the hope is that they'd push for a playoff spot during that window. They also have arguably the best farm system in the game, so putting together a viable package for "Thor" is doable. How eager the Mets might be to trade Syndergaard is another matter, especially with new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen in place.'s Jon Morosi has speculated that the Mets could trade Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom if they don't think they can extend them and then the team could sign a free agent like Patrick Corbin as a replacement. Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Brewers interested in Anibal Sanchez's Jon Morosi reports that the Brewers have interest in Anibal Sanchez.

    Advice: It looks like the Brewers might try to do some more bargain shopping with their rotation again after it worked for them this past season. Sanchez will turn 35 in February but had a surprise bounce-back season with the Braves, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 135/42 K/BB ratio over 136 2/3 innings. He could net a two-year deal this winter. Yesterday, 5:54 am
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  • Marlins ask for Tucker/Whitley for Realmuto's Jon Morosi reports that the Marlins are insisting that Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley be part of any trade package they get from the Astros for J.T. Realmuto.

    Advice: Tucker and Whitley are both considered top-10 prospects in all of baseball, but it's no surprise that the Marlins would insist on netting one of them for Realmuto. The 27-year-old is coming off a season in which he sported a .277/.340/.484 batting line with 21 home runs and 74 RBI. He's under team control for two more seasons. Yesterday, 5:50 am
  • Diamondbacks make Ray available via trade's Jon Morosi reports that, in addition to Zack Greinke, the Diamondbacks are also making Robbie Ray available via trade.

    Advice: Morosi writes that the D-backs -- who are also reportedly shopping Paul Goldschmidt -- "consistently are described as one of the most active sellers on the trade market in the early stages of the offseason." Unloading Greinke's salary would do more to reshape Arizona's roster, but evidently Ray -- who is arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter -- is also someone they're willing to discuss in potential trades. Yesterday, 5:40 am
  • Red Sox hope to re-sign Nathan Eovaldi's Jon Morosi reports that the Red Sox hope to re-sign Nathan Eovaldi "or replace him with a proven major league starter."

    Advice: No one improved their free agent standing down the stretch of the regular season and postseason more than Eovaldi, and the Red Sox are interested in a reunion. The hard-throwing right-hander will have his options, though, as there will no doubt be multiple clubs intrigued. Eovaldi will turn 29 in February. Yesterday, 5:28 am
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  • Phillies showing interest in Patrick Corbin's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have interest in Patrick Corbin.

    Advice: The Phils are expected to be among the biggest spenders this offseason, but they've mostly been connected to marquee position players Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. However, Morosi says they're also interested in rotation help after their starters struggled down the stretch. They also wouldn't mind adding a lefty to a righty-heavy rotation. The Yankees, Nationals, White Sox and Reds have also been connected to Corbin. Yesterday, 5:24 am
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