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Christian Yelich (knee) is scheduled to begin running this week.
Nov 11   2:39 PM

Yelich missed the final three weeks of the 2019 regular season after suffering a fractured right kneecap, but the injury is not expected to carry any long-term effects. He should be 100 percent leading into the start of spring training in February and belongs near the top of the first round in most standard fantasy drafts.

Craig Mish of FNTSY Radio hears that Gabe Kapler "was given an additional interview" for the Giants' managerial gig.
Nov 11   2:05 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that the Giants' search for a new manager was down to Kapler, Joe Espada, and Matt Quatraro, and Mish adds that the team is now "closing in on a decision." Kapler was fired by the Phillies on October 10 after just two years on the job. Espada served as the bench coach of the Astros in 2019 and Quatraro was the bench coach for the Rays.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics have been in contact with free agent catcher Stephen Vogt.
Nov 11   1:16 PM

Vogt put up a decent .804 OPS with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 99 games last season with the Giants. The 35-year-old spent parts of five seasons in Oakland from 2013-2017 and could return as a left-handed-hitting complement to the right-handed-hitting Sean Murphy.

Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets are meeting Monday with the representatives of free agent reliever Daniel Hudson.
Nov 11   12:36 PM

That agency, Jet Sports Management, also represents free agent starter Zack Wheeler. Hudson should do quite well for himself this winter after posting a 2.47 ERA with 71 strikeouts over 73 regular-season innings between the Blue Jays and Nationals in 2019. The 32-year-old right-hander also earned four saves in the playoffs as Washington rolled to its first World Series championship.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Mets are interviewing Jeremy Hefner for their pitching coach vacancy.
Nov 11   12:36 PM

Hefner is in Scottsdale, Arizona, where MLB's annual GM Meetings are taking place, and will have a sit-down at some point with Mets upper management. He is believed to be the favorite for the job. The 33-year-old pitched in the majors for two seasons (2012-2013) and served as the assistant pitching coach of the Twins in 2019.

Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets are meeting Monday with the agents of reliever Daniel Hudson.
Nov 11   12:15 PM

That agency also represents free agent starter Zack Wheeler. Hudson should do quite well for himself this winter after posting a 2.47 ERA with 71 strikeouts over 73 regular-season innings between the Blue Jays and Nationals in 2019. The 32-year-old right-hander also earned four saves in the playoffs as Washington rolled to its first World Series championship.

Odrisamer Despaigne signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization.
Nov 11   8:40 AM

The deal is pending a physical, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Despaigne owned a 9.45 ERA in three starts with the White Sox in 2019 and was outrighted off the team's 40-man roster in late June. Like many before him, the 32-year-old will try to get his career back on track overseas.

RHP Odrisamer Despaigne signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization.
Nov 11   12:18 AM

The deal is pending a physical, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Despaigne owned a 9.45 ERA in three starts with the White Sox in 2019 and was outrighted off the team's 40-man roster in late June. Like many before him, the 32-year-old will try to get his career back on track overseas.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports the Reds are among the teams interested in free agent utilityman Howie Kendrick.
Nov 10   7:37 PM

Kendrick had himself a strong 2019 season and capped it off with a postseason in which he hit .286/.328/.444 and was the NLCS MVP. That showing has created a good deal of interest in the 36-year-old's services, with the Rays and Marlins also showing interest in the early days of the offseason. Rosenthal says that while the list is growing, nothing is close to being done at this point. In the days after the World Series, Kendrick indicated the 2020 season will likely be his last.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Giants have hired Scott Harris as their new general manager.
Nov 10   2:50 PM

Harris had been the Cubs' assistant GM after previously serving as their director of baseball operations. He will work alongside president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi as the duo tries to guide the Giants through a rebuild.

Marc Carig of The Athletic reports that the Mets will interview Jeremy Hefner for their pitching coach job.
Nov 10   9:22 AM

A former Mets pitcher, Hefner is currently the assistant pitching coach for the Twins. Carig writes that Hefner is "a recently retired player who is capable of blending practical experience with a deep knowledge of data-driven techniques."

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that the Blue Jays' catchers have been drawing interest from other teams.
Nov 10   9:22 AM

Which backstop is piquing the most interest isn't clear, nor is it known how anxious the Jays would be to trade Danny Jansen or Reese McGuire. Jansen really struggled offensively in his first full major league season but drew rave reviews for his defense. McGuire graded out solidly defensively himself and has posted a .882 OPS during his limited time in the big leagues. Both catchers are under team control through 2024.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees tried hard to acquire Mychal Givens from the Orioles prior to the trade deadline in July.
Nov 09   10:15 PM

The Yankees are seemingly always looking to bolster their already formidable bullpen -- and Sherman notes that they also spoke to the Blue Jays about Ken Giles before the deadline. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Yankees reach back out to the Orioles over the winter in an attempt to land the hard-throwing right-hander.

Red Sox re-signed LHP Daniel McGrath to a minor league contract.
Nov 09   5:47 PM

The 25-year-old Australian southpaw has spent the first seven seasons of his minor league career in the Red Sox' organization. He spent the majority of the 2019 season at Double-A Portland where he posted a brilliant 1.68 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 113/45 K/BB ratio over 112 1/3 innings before struggling in 10 1/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Red Sox re-signed C Jhon Nunez to a minor league contract.
Nov 09   5:47 PM

The 24-year-old was a minor league free agent after spending the first seven seasons of his career in the Red Sox' system, but he opted to re-up for at least another year. Nunez spent the 2019 season at Double-A Portland where he slashed .280/.333/.412 with five homers, 21 RBI and five swipes in 64 games. He'll continue to function as minor league catching depth.

Red Sox re-signed INF Jantzen Witte to a minor league contract.
Nov 09   5:47 PM

Witte, 29, spent the majority of the 2019 season at Triple-A Pawtucket where he slashed .277/.339/.394 with eight homers and 49 RBI in 112 games. A former 24th round selection by the Red Sox in the 2013 draft, he should be considered as nothing more than minor league depth for the Red Sox.

Red Sox re-signed RHP Austin Maddox to a minor league contract.
Nov 09   5:25 PM

The 28-year-old hurler missed the entire 2019 season while recovering from surgery to repair his rotator cuff. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2017 where he posted a 0.52 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 17 1/3 innings out of the Red Sox' bullpen.

Red Sox re-signed RHP Domingo Tapia to a minor league contract.
Nov 09   5:25 PM

The 28-year-old hurler spent the 2019 campaign in the Red Sox' organization where he posted a 5.18 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 52/32 K/BB ratio over 66 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket. He'll continue to function as minor league depth for the Red Sox.

Red Sox re-signed RHP Andrew Schwaab to a minor league contract.
Nov 09   5:25 PM

Schwaab, 26, spent the 2019 season in the Red Sox organization where he compiled a 3.09 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 66/29 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He's likely to begin the 2020 campaign back in the bullpen at Double-A.

Michael Shapiro of Sports Illustrated believes that the Padres could be a potential landing spot for free agent right-hander Gerrit Cole.
Nov 09   4:46 PM

The Padres are already expected to be interested in hometown hurler Stephen Strasburg, but Shapiro opines that they may turn their attention to Cole if they're unable to land the World Series MVP. The Padres have shelled out some major contracts in recent years (Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, Manny Machado) and need to solidify the top of their starting rotation if they're going to contend for a playoff spot in the National League West. The Angels, Yankees, Phillies and Astros are the other teams Shapiro mentions as potential landing spots for Cole this winter.

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