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Monte Harrison
Marlins add Monte Harrison to 40-man roster
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 5:19 PM
Marlins purchased the contract of OF Monte Harrison from Double-A Jacksonville.
Analysis: Harrison entered the 2018 season as a top-100 prospect and went on to tally 19 home runs and 28 stolen bases in 136 games at the Double-A level. The 23-year-old still has some things to work on, but he's a big part of the future for the rebuilding Fish.
Isan Diaz
Marlins purchase contract of INF Isan Diaz
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 5:17 PM
Marlins purchased the contract of INF Isan Diaz from Triple-A New Orleans.
Analysis: Diaz hit .232/.340/.399 with 13 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 119 games this past season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. The 22-year-old is now protected from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
Leonys Martin
Leonys Martin (illness) cleared to activity
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 5:09 PM
Cleveland Indians on Twitter
Leonys Martin (illness) has been cleared to resume full baseball activity.
Analysis: Martin was diagnosed with a life-threatening bacterial infection in August and missed the remainder of the 2018 season, but he should be 100 percent leading into 2019. The Indians have already worked out a one-year, $3 million deal with the 30-year-old outfielder to avoid salary arbitration.
Yusei Kikuchi
Padres acquire Ignacio Feliz from Indians
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 5:06 PM
Padres acquired RHP Ignacio Feliz from the Indians for RHP Walker Lockett.
Analysis: Feliz, 19, posted a 3.00 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio across 45 innings this summer in the rookie-level Arizona League. He does not have to be added to the Padres' 40-man roster.
Walker Lockett
Indians acquire Walker Lockett from Tribe
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 5:03 PM
Indians acquired RHP Walker Lockett from the Padres for RHP Ignacio Feliz.
Analysis: A minor roster-cleaning trade here. Lockett, 24, allowed 16 earned runs over his first 15 major league innings this past season with San Diego and registered an underwhelming 4.73 ERA over 23 starts at Triple-A El Paso.
Adonis Medina
Phillies add Adonis Medina to 40-man roster
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:56 PM
Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Adonis Medina from High-A Clearwater.
Analysis: Medina entered the 2018 season as a top-100 prospect and wound up with a 4.12 ERA and 123/36 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings at the High-A level. The 21-year-old right-hander is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Yusei Kikuchi
Phillies purchase contract of Edgar Garcia
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:54 PM
Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Edgar Garcia from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Analysis: Garcia posted a 3.64 ERA and 72/27 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings this past season between Double-A and Triple-A. The 22-year-old right-hander is now protected from December's Rule 5 Draft.
Yusei Kikuchi
Phillies add INF Gamboa to 40-man roster
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:52 PM
Phillies purchased the contract of INF Arquimedes Gamboa from High-A Clearwater.
Analysis: Gamboa batted just .214/.304/.279 over 497 plate appearances this year in High-A ball, but the Phillies like his glove and wanted to protect him from selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft.
Yusei Kikuchi
Hickey steps down as Cubs' pitching coach
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:48 PM
Sahadev Sharma on Twitter
Jim Hickey has stepped down as the Cubs' pitching coach.
Analysis: The statement from team president Theo Epstein: "Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well." The search for Hickey's replacement is underway.
Engelb Vielma
Orioles DFA infielder Engelb Vielma
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:45 PM
Orioles designated INF Engelb Vielma for assignment.
Analysis: Vielma appeared in just 18 games between the minors and majors in 2018 before requiring surgery in May to repair a fractured kneecap. The 24-year-old infielder is a .204/.236/.263 hitter at the Triple-A level.
Wil Myers
M's, Padres discussing Segura-Myers trade
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:36 PM
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mariners have discussed a trade with the Padres involving Wil Myers.
Analysis: Rosenthal says shortstop Jean Segura and starting pitcher Mike Leake would head to San Diego in the potential deal, but he notes that Leake "would need to waive his no-trade clause" for it to get done and adds that the veteran right-hander is currently "weighing" other options. Leake is more of a throw-in here anyway, so perhaps the M's and Friars can get a different player (or players) involved. But the money Leake is owed -- $27 million over the next two years -- is obviously a factor in his involvement.
Jeff Mathis
Rangers finalize 2-year deal with Jeff Mathis
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:17 PM
Rangers signed C Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $6.25 million contract.
Analysis: The deal was agreed to last week and has now been made official. Mathis owns a wretched .198/.258/.306 career batting line in parts of 14 major league seasons, but the 35-year-old is among the most respected defensive catchers in the game. He'll ideally work as a backup the next two years in Texas.
Yusei Kikuchi
Red Sox add Denyi Reyes to 40-man roster
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:12 PM
Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Denyi Reyes from High-A Salem.
Analysis: Reyes put up a shiny 1.91 ERA and 145/19 K/BB ratio in 155 2/3 innings this past season between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem. The 22-year-old right-hander is shaping into a top pitching prospect for Boston.
Darwinzon Hernandez
Red Sox add Darwinzon Hernandez to 40-man
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:10 PM
Red Sox purchased the contract of LHP Darwinzon Hernandez from Double-A Portland.
Analysis: Hernandez registered a 3.53 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 107 innings this past season between High-A and Double-A before turning in several dominant outings in the Arizona Fall League. The 21-year-old left-hander is now protected from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
Yusei Kikuchi
Red Sox purchase contract of Josh Taylor
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:06 PM
Red Sox purchased the contract of LHP Josh Taylor from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Analysis: Taylor, acquired from the Diamondbacks in May to complete the Deven Marrero trade, had a 3.35 ERA and 60/23 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this year between three different minor league levels. The 25-year-old southpaw is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Michael Chavis
Red Sox add Michael Chavis to 40-man roster
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:00 PM
Red Sox purchased the contract of 3B Michael Chavis from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Analysis: Chavis, a top-100 prospect, posted a .298/.381/.538 batting line with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 46 games this year between three different levels of the Red Sox minor league system. The 23-year-old missed the first half of the season after getting suspended 80 games in early April for failing a PED test.
Austin Maddox
Red Sox outright Austin Maddox to Triple-A
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 3:58 PM
Red Sox sent RHP Austin Maddox outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Analysis: Maddox underwent surgery on his right rotator cuff in late September and is expected to miss the entire 2019 season. This is a procedural move to clear up space on the 40-man roster move.
William Cuevas
Red Sox release right-hander William Cuevas
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 3:56 PM
Red Sox released RHP William Cuevas.
Analysis: Cuevas has reportedly agreed to a contract with a team in the Korea Baseball Organization. The 28-year-old right-hander from Caracas, Venezuela has allowed 20 earned runs in 22 1/3 career major league innings.
Yusei Kikuchi
Rockies add Sam Hilliard to 40-man roster
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 3:52 PM
Rockies purchased the contract of OF Sam Hilliard from Double-A Hartford.
Analysis: Hilliard mostly struggled this past season at the Double-A level, but he went on to register a .905 OPS across 72 plate appearances in the Arizona Fall League. The 24-year-old outfielder is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Yusei Kikuchi
Reds purchase contract of Jimmy Herget
Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 3:42 PM
Reds purchased the contract of RHP Jimmy Herget from Triple-A Louisville.
Analysis: Herget boasts a 2.77 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 207 2/3 career minor league innings. The 25-year-old right-hander is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft and should factor into the Reds' pitching plans in 2019.