Rangers Agree With Jeff Mathis: The Texas Rangers agreed on a two-year deal, pending a physical, with free-agent catcher Jeff Mathis on Thursday, according to sources. Mathis will be 36 years old next year and hit just .200 with a .544 OPS in 218 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2018. His defense is his calling card, so he shouldn't be owned unless you're in a deep AL-only league. Texas needed to add a backstop with Robinson Chirinos expected to depart in free agency. Jose Trevino is the only other catcher currently on the roster. - as of Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:14:59 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=576635&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=576635 MLB Transactions JeffMathisTEXC1983-03-31425772 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

The Texas Rangers agreed on a two-year deal, pending a physical, with free-agent catcher Jeff Mathis on Thursday, according to sources. Mathis will be 36 years old next year and hit just .200 with a .544 OPS in 218 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2018. His defense is his calling card, so he shouldn't be owned unless you're in a deep AL-only league. Texas needed to add a backstop with Robinson Chirinos expected to depart in free agency. Jose Trevino is the only other catcher currently on the roster.]]>
Mookie Betts Wins AL MVP: Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. He helped the Red Sox win a franchise-record 108 regular season games and the World Series title by beating out Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Indians infielder Jose Ramirez. Betts led the majors with a .346 batting average, 129 runs and a .640 slugging percentage with 47 doubles, 32 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He also led the majors with a 10.4 Wins Above Replacement. He became the first player to win the batting title in the same season in which he also had at least 30 homers and 30 steals. Betts is also a three-time Gold Glove winner. He can truly do it all and will be a top-five fantasy selection in 2019. - as of Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:57:56 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=576589&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=576589 MLB riserstop-headlinesTransactions MookieBettsBOSCF1992-10-07605141 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. He helped the Red Sox win a franchise-record 108 regular season games and the World Series title by beating out Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Indians infielder Jose Ramirez. Betts led the majors with a .346 batting average, 129 runs and a .640 slugging percentage with 47 doubles, 32 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He also led the majors with a 10.4 Wins Above Replacement. He became the first player to win the batting title in the same season in which he also had at least 30 homers and 30 steals. Betts is also a three-time Gold Glove winner. He can truly do it all and will be a top-five fantasy selection in 2019.]]>
Christian Yelich Wins NL MVP: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was named the 2018 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. He led the team to an NL-best 96 wins and a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2011 while beating out Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Yelich hit .367 with a .444 on-base percentage since July 8 in his first year in Milwaukee and also had 25 home runs, 22 doubles and a 1.171 OPS in that span. His .770 slugging percentage after the All-Star break was the best in baseball in 14 years. Needless to say, Yelich will be a highly coveted fantasy commodity in 2019 that can contribute in all categories. - as of Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:31:15 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=576577&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=576577 MLB riserstop-headlinesTransactions ChristianYelichMILRF1991-12-05592885 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was named the 2018 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. He led the team to an NL-best 96 wins and a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2011 while beating out Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Yelich hit .367 with a .444 on-base percentage since July 8 in his first year in Milwaukee and also had 25 home runs, 22 doubles and a 1.171 OPS in that span. His .770 slugging percentage after the All-Star break was the best in baseball in 14 years. Needless to say, Yelich will be a highly coveted fantasy commodity in 2019 that can contribute in all categories.]]>
Fernando Tatis Jr. Homers In Winter Ball: San Diego Padres infield prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (thumb), who suffered an avulsion fracture in his left thumb in the minor leagues in July, hit a home run in his first at-bat in winter ball for Estrella in the Dominican Republic. The 19-year-old shortstop is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball and had 16 home runs, 43 RBI and 16 stolen bases while hitting .286/.355/.507 in 88 games for Double-A San Antonio before his injury. He should receive an invite to big league spring training, but his injury likely ensures he'll begin in the minor leagues in 2019. Tatis should already be owned in all dynasty/keeper leagues and is worth a late-round pick as a stash in deep leagues next year as well. He should be up in the big leagues at some point next season, barring a setback with his thumb. - as of Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:27:58 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=576434&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=576434 MLB Injuriesprospects-rookiesrisers FernandoTatis Jr.SD3B665487 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

San Diego Padres infield prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (thumb), who suffered an avulsion fracture in his left thumb in the minor leagues in July, hit a home run in his first at-bat in winter ball for Estrella in the Dominican Republic. The 19-year-old shortstop is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball and had 16 home runs, 43 RBI and 16 stolen bases while hitting .286/.355/.507 in 88 games for Double-A San Antonio before his injury. He should receive an invite to big league spring training, but his injury likely ensures he'll begin in the minor leagues in 2019. Tatis should already be owned in all dynasty/keeper leagues and is worth a late-round pick as a stash in deep leagues next year as well. He should be up in the big leagues at some point next season, barring a setback with his thumb.]]>
Shawn Kelley Wants To Keep Playing: Oakland Athletics free-agent relief pitcher Shawn Kelley has decided against retiring and wants to play a few more years, according to his agent, Mike McCann. The 34-year-old right-hander posted a nice 2.16 ERA in 19 outings with the A's after coming over on a waiver claim from the Nationals. Overall, Kelley had a 2.94 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 49 innings. He can be a valuable late-inning asset for a team, but he only has 15 career saves and is unlikely to land a job as a closer, which limits his fantasy value. - as of Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:13:03 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=576426&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=576426 MLB ShawnKelleyOAKRP1984-04-26518875 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Oakland Athletics free-agent relief pitcher Shawn Kelley has decided against retiring and wants to play a few more years, according to his agent, Mike McCann. The 34-year-old right-hander posted a nice 2.16 ERA in 19 outings with the A's after coming over on a waiver claim from the Nationals. Overall, Kelley had a 2.94 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 49 innings. He can be a valuable late-inning asset for a team, but he only has 15 career saves and is unlikely to land a job as a closer, which limits his fantasy value.]]>
A's Interested In Reunion With Kurt Suzuki: The Oakland Athletics are interested in signing free-agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, as their primary catcher in 2018, Jonathan Lucroy, is also a free agent. The 35-year-old Suzuki debuted with Oakland in 2007 and spent five seasons with them until being traded to the Nationals in 2012. He was an All-Star in 2014 with Minnesota and again in 2017 with Atlanta when he hit .283 with a career-high 19 home runs. Suzuki hit 12 home runs and had 50 RBI in 105 games with the Braves in 2018. He hit .255 with 59 homers and 309 RBI in 718 games with the A's. Suzuki can hit a little and is solid on defense, but he's more of a two-catching league asset as a platoon type behind the dish. - as of Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:08:53 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=576423&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=576423 MLB KurtSuzukiATLC1983-10-04435559 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

The Oakland Athletics are interested in signing free-agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, as their primary catcher in 2018, Jonathan Lucroy, is also a free agent. The 35-year-old Suzuki debuted with Oakland in 2007 and spent five seasons with them until being traded to the Nationals in 2012. He was an All-Star in 2014 with Minnesota and again in 2017 with Atlanta when he hit .283 with a career-high 19 home runs. Suzuki hit 12 home runs and had 50 RBI in 105 games with the Braves in 2018. He hit .255 with 59 homers and 309 RBI in 718 games with the A's. Suzuki can hit a little and is solid on defense, but he's more of a two-catching league asset as a platoon type behind the dish.]]>
Jacob deGrom Awarded Cy Young In NL: New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom was named the 2018 National League Cy Young on Wednesday, beating out Nationals ace Max Scherzer and Phillies starter Aaron Nola for the award. Due to poor run support and a bad bullpen, deGrom was only able to go 10-9 on the year, but he was so overwhelmingly dominant otherwise. The right-hander had a 1.70 ERA, which was the best in baseball by .19 points and the best in the NL by .67. His ERA was the sixth lowest among qualifying pitchers since baseball lowered the mound in 1969. deGrom's 217 innings were the second most in baseball in 2018. He made 19 starts in which he went at least five innings and allowed one earned run or none. - as of Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:03:49 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=576026&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=576026 MLB riserstop-headlinesTransactions JacobdeGromNYMSP1988-06-19594798 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom was named the 2018 National League Cy Young on Wednesday, beating out Nationals ace Max Scherzer and Phillies starter Aaron Nola for the award. Due to poor run support and a bad bullpen, deGrom was only able to go 10-9 on the year, but he was so overwhelmingly dominant otherwise. The right-hander had a 1.70 ERA, which was the best in baseball by .19 points and the best in the NL by .67. His ERA was the sixth lowest among qualifying pitchers since baseball lowered the mound in 1969. deGrom's 217 innings were the second most in baseball in 2018. He made 19 starts in which he went at least five innings and allowed one earned run or none.]]>
Blake Snell Named AL Cy Young Winner: Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell was named the 2018 American League Cy Young winner on Wednesday. Snell beat out Astros starter Justin Verlander and Indians ace Corey Kluber for the award. The left-hander only threw 180 2/3 innings this year, with only Clayton Kershaw (198 1/3 innings) the only other starter to win the award under 200 innings in a non-strike shortened year. Snell averaged only 5.8 innings per start and was on the disabled list for two weeks with left shoulder fatigue. Still, he was the only 21-game winner in the majors and had a 1.89 ERA and miniscule .178 average against. He allowed two or fewer runs in 27 of his 31 starts. Although Snell may not be as effective in 2019, he should be expected to throw more innings with better health. - as of Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:55:24 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=576023&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=576023 MLB riserstop-headlinesTransactions BlakeSnellTBSP1992-12-04605483 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell was named the 2018 American League Cy Young winner on Wednesday. Snell beat out Astros starter Justin Verlander and Indians ace Corey Kluber for the award. The left-hander only threw 180 2/3 innings this year, with only Clayton Kershaw (198 1/3 innings) the only other starter to win the award under 200 innings in a non-strike shortened year. Snell averaged only 5.8 innings per start and was on the disabled list for two weeks with left shoulder fatigue. Still, he was the only 21-game winner in the majors and had a 1.89 ERA and miniscule .178 average against. He allowed two or fewer runs in 27 of his 31 starts. Although Snell may not be as effective in 2019, he should be expected to throw more innings with better health.]]>
Alex Cora Receives One-Year Extension: The Boston Red Sox signed manager Alex Cora to a one-year contract extension through the 2021 season. The deal includes a team option for the 2022 season. Cora more than deserved it after leading the team to 108 wins in the regular season and a World Series title in his first year at the helm. He finished second in the voting for American League Manager Of the Year to the A's Bob Melvin. - as of Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:04:04 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=576003&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=576003 MLB Transactions This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

The Boston Red Sox signed manager Alex Cora to a one-year contract extension through the 2021 season. The deal includes a team option for the 2022 season. Cora more than deserved it after leading the team to 108 wins in the regular season and a World Series title in his first year at the helm. He finished second in the voting for American League Manager Of the Year to the A's Bob Melvin.]]>
Pirates Trade For Erik Gonzalez: The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielder Erik Gonzalez and minor league pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza from the Indians on Wednesday in exchange for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff. With both Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison likely to depart in free agency this winter, the Bucs need some added middle infield depth and versatility, which Gonzalez will provide. He hit .265/.301/.375 with a homer and 16 RBI in 136 at-bats for the Indians this year. Gonzalez doesn't have much power, but he could be useful for middle infield depth in NL-only leagues if he plays enough. - as of Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:21:06 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575961&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575961 MLB Transactions ErikGonzalezPIT2B1991-08-31570481 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielder Erik Gonzalez and minor league pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza from the Indians on Wednesday in exchange for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff. With both Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison likely to depart in free agency this winter, the Bucs need some added middle infield depth and versatility, which Gonzalez will provide. He hit .265/.301/.375 with a homer and 16 RBI in 136 at-bats for the Indians this year. Gonzalez doesn't have much power, but he could be useful for middle infield depth in NL-only leagues if he plays enough.]]>
Indians Acquire Jordan Luplow, Max Moroff: The Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff from the Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for infielder Erik Gonzalez and minor league pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza. This trade doesn't move the needle all that much for fantasy or real life, but it gives the Tribe some more options for depth both in the outfield and on the infield. Luplow hit just .185 with three homers and seven RBI in 92 at-bats for Pittsburgh last year, but he hit .287 with eight long balls, 49 RBI and seven steals at Triple-A Indianapolis. Moroff hit .186 with three homers and nine RBI in 59 at-bats in the big leagues and .223 with eight homers and 38 RBI in 74 games with Indianapolis. - as of Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:15:06 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575959&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575959 MLB Transactions MaxMoroffCLE2B1993-05-13621559JordanLuplowCLERF1993-09-26656669 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

The Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff from the Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for infielder Erik Gonzalez and minor league pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza. This trade doesn't move the needle all that much for fantasy or real life, but it gives the Tribe some more options for depth both in the outfield and on the infield. Luplow hit just .185 with three homers and seven RBI in 92 at-bats for Pittsburgh last year, but he hit .287 with eight long balls, 49 RBI and seven steals at Triple-A Indianapolis. Moroff hit .186 with three homers and nine RBI in 59 at-bats in the big leagues and .223 with eight homers and 38 RBI in 74 games with Indianapolis.]]>
Justin Bour Placed On Waivers: The Philadelphia Phillies placed first baseman Justin Bour on waivers on Wednesday as they trim their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 protection deadline next Tuesday. Bour hit 19 home runs but only .227 in 112 games with the Marlins in 2018, but he lost mostly all of his fantasy value with the trade to the Phils, where he hit just one homer in 49 at-bats as a pinch hitter/bench bat down the stretch. Bour has plenty of power -- he's hit the 20-homer mark in three of the last four years -- but he'll likely find himself in a platoon role wherever he lands because of his poor splits against lefties. - as of Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:14:48 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575899&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575899 MLB Transactions JustinBourPHI1B1988-05-28571506 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

The Philadelphia Phillies placed first baseman Justin Bour on waivers on Wednesday as they trim their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 protection deadline next Tuesday. Bour hit 19 home runs but only .227 in 112 games with the Marlins in 2018, but he lost mostly all of his fantasy value with the trade to the Phils, where he hit just one homer in 49 at-bats as a pinch hitter/bench bat down the stretch. Bour has plenty of power -- he's hit the 20-homer mark in three of the last four years -- but he'll likely find himself in a platoon role wherever he lands because of his poor splits against lefties.]]>
Brian Snitker Awarded NL Manager Of The Year: Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker was named the 2018 National League Manager Of the Year on Tuesday. Snitker led the Braves to the NL East title and received 17 first-place votes to finish ahead of Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Rockies skipper Bud Black. The Braves spent 115 days in first place in 2018 and never lost more than four games in a row. Snitker's decision to hit NL Rookie Of the Year outfielder Ronald Acuna in the leadoff spot in the second half of the season really catapulted the offense to new heights as they hung on for the division title. - as of Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:33:38 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575566&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575566 MLB risers This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker was named the 2018 National League Manager Of the Year on Tuesday. Snitker led the Braves to the NL East title and received 17 first-place votes to finish ahead of Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Rockies skipper Bud Black. The Braves spent 115 days in first place in 2018 and never lost more than four games in a row. Snitker's decision to hit NL Rookie Of the Year outfielder Ronald Acuna in the leadoff spot in the second half of the season really catapulted the offense to new heights as they hung on for the division title.]]>
Bob Melvin Named AL Manager Of The Year: Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was named the 2018 American League Manager Of the Year on Tuesday. Oakland's plus-22 win total from the previous season was the highest increase in baseball from 2017 to 2018. The A's also entered the year with the lowest payroll on Opening Day, but they managed to win 97 games and secure a wild-card spot. Melvin also won the award in 2007 with the Diamondbacks and in 2012 with the A's. He received 18 first-place votes and finished ahead of Red Sox skipper Alex Cora and the Rays' Kevin Cash. Melvin is the eighth manager to earn the award at least three times, joining four-time winners Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa and three-time winners Dusty Baker, Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella, Buck Showalter and Joe Maddon. - as of Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:28:52 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575562&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575562 MLB risers This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was named the 2018 American League Manager Of the Year on Tuesday. Oakland's plus-22 win total from the previous season was the highest increase in baseball from 2017 to 2018. The A's also entered the year with the lowest payroll on Opening Day, but they managed to win 97 games and secure a wild-card spot. Melvin also won the award in 2007 with the Diamondbacks and in 2012 with the A's. He received 18 first-place votes and finished ahead of Red Sox skipper Alex Cora and the Rays' Kevin Cash. Melvin is the eighth manager to earn the award at least three times, joining four-time winners Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa and three-time winners Dusty Baker, Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella, Buck Showalter and Joe Maddon.]]>
Mets Working On Insurance Settlement For David Wright: The New York Mets, with the help of Major League Baseball, are working with their insurance company to try to reach a settlement on the $27 million they still owe third baseman David Wright, according to an industry source. The Mets would like to get it done by Nov. 20, which is the deadline to finalize rosters in advance of the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 13. The only reason to keep Wright on the roster would be to collect the insurance payments on him. The team would have to pay Wright fully for the first 59 games of next season because he played in the second to last game of the 2018 season as a farewell. The bottom line is that Wright will not play in the big leagues again and is likely to hang up the cleats once he gets paid. - as of Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:00:00 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575316&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575316 MLB fallersInjuries DavidWrightNYM3B1982-12-20431151 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

The New York Mets, with the help of Major League Baseball, are working with their insurance company to try to reach a settlement on the $27 million they still owe third baseman David Wright, according to an industry source. The Mets would like to get it done by Nov. 20, which is the deadline to finalize rosters in advance of the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 13. The only reason to keep Wright on the roster would be to collect the insurance payments on him. The team would have to pay Wright fully for the first 59 games of next season because he played in the second to last game of the 2018 season as a farewell. The bottom line is that Wright will not play in the big leagues again and is likely to hang up the cleats once he gets paid.]]>
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Leaves AFL Early: Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., baseball's top overall prospect, is leaving the Arizona Fall League early to tend to a family matter, according to sources. With just three games remaining, Guerrero will finish with a .351/.398/.446 slash line as the youngest player in the AFL. He didn't homer in Arizona, but he managed a career-high 20 dingers in the minors this year. The 19-year-old generates a ton of hard contact and hit safely in each of his first 13 games. Guerrero missed around six weeks in the minors this year with a strained patellar tendon. He should be up with the Blue Jays early in the 2019 season and has as much upside as any prospect in baseball. - as of Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:47:33 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575313&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575313 MLB prospects-rookiesrisers VladimirGuerrero Jr.3B1999-03-16665489 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., baseball's top overall prospect, is leaving the Arizona Fall League early to tend to a family matter, according to sources. With just three games remaining, Guerrero will finish with a .351/.398/.446 slash line as the youngest player in the AFL. He didn't homer in Arizona, but he managed a career-high 20 dingers in the minors this year. The 19-year-old generates a ton of hard contact and hit safely in each of his first 13 games. Guerrero missed around six weeks in the minors this year with a strained patellar tendon. He should be up with the Blue Jays early in the 2019 season and has as much upside as any prospect in baseball.]]>
White Sox Trying To Trade Avisail Garcia: The Chicago White Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Avisail Garcia, according to a source. There's a sense within the industry that the White Sox will non-tender Garcia if they can't find a trade partner. Garcia was a first-time All-Star in 2017 but was a big disappointment in 2018, mainly due to injuries. He hit only .236/.281/.438 with 19 home runs and 49 RBI in 93 games for the Pale Hose. The home runs were actually a career high, but Garcia has never reached the 20-homer mark. There is bounce-back potential, but Garcia still probably isn't worth more than a late-round pick in fantasy leagues. - as of Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:43:14 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575312&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575312 MLB fallers AvisailGarciaCHWRF1991-06-12541645 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

The Chicago White Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Avisail Garcia, according to a source. There's a sense within the industry that the White Sox will non-tender Garcia if they can't find a trade partner. Garcia was a first-time All-Star in 2017 but was a big disappointment in 2018, mainly due to injuries. He hit only .236/.281/.438 with 19 home runs and 49 RBI in 93 games for the Pale Hose. The home runs were actually a career high, but Garcia has never reached the 20-homer mark. There is bounce-back potential, but Garcia still probably isn't worth more than a late-round pick in fantasy leagues.]]>
Steven Wright Undergoes Another Knee Operation: Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright (knee) underwent left knee arthroscopy and debridement on Monday, and his timetable for a return is unclear. "Wright will continue to rehab and prepare for a return to pitching in the 2019 season," the team said in a press release. The knuckleballer had an operation on the same knee a year ago, and it limited him to just 53 2/3 innings (four starts) in 2018. When on the mound he was great, though, going 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 42 strikeouts. His bothersome knee and unclear role for next season will make him one to avoid in fantasy drafts. - as of Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:02:51 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575015&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575015 MLB Injuries StevenWrightBOSSP1984-08-30453214 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright (knee) underwent left knee arthroscopy and debridement on Monday, and his timetable for a return is unclear. "Wright will continue to rehab and prepare for a return to pitching in the 2019 season," the team said in a press release. The knuckleballer had an operation on the same knee a year ago, and it limited him to just 53 2/3 innings (four starts) in 2018. When on the mound he was great, though, going 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 42 strikeouts. His bothersome knee and unclear role for next season will make him one to avoid in fantasy drafts.]]>
Shohei Ohtani Awarded AL Rookie Of The Year: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was named the 2018 American League Rookie Of the Year on Monday. He beat out Yankees infielders Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres for the award and tallied 25 of 30 first-place votes. Ohtani was the first player in history to be a starting pitcher and full-time hitter since Babe Ruth did it in 1919, and he didn't disappoint. A torn ligament in his right elbow shut him down from pitching in June, but he still managed to impress with his hitting skills. He's the first player in MLB history with at least 20 home runs as a hitter and 50 strikeouts as a pitcher in the same season. He finished with 22 home runs, 21 doubles and a .925 OPS in 104 games at the plate. On the mound he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.0 K/9 in 10 starts (51 2/3 innings). While he'll miss all of the 2019 season on the mound due to Tommy John surgery, the plan is for him to continue serving as the DH, barring any setbacks. He'll mostly face right-handed pitching, but Ohtani should remain very valuable as a hitter in 2019. - as of Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:59:09 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575012&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575012 MLB prospects-rookiesriserstop-headlines ShoheiOhtaniLAASP1994-07-05660271 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was named the 2018 American League Rookie Of the Year on Monday. He beat out Yankees infielders Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres for the award and tallied 25 of 30 first-place votes. Ohtani was the first player in history to be a starting pitcher and full-time hitter since Babe Ruth did it in 1919, and he didn't disappoint. A torn ligament in his right elbow shut him down from pitching in June, but he still managed to impress with his hitting skills. He's the first player in MLB history with at least 20 home runs as a hitter and 50 strikeouts as a pitcher in the same season. He finished with 22 home runs, 21 doubles and a .925 OPS in 104 games at the plate. On the mound he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.0 K/9 in 10 starts (51 2/3 innings). While he'll miss all of the 2019 season on the mound due to Tommy John surgery, the plan is for him to continue serving as the DH, barring any setbacks. He'll mostly face right-handed pitching, but Ohtani should remain very valuable as a hitter in 2019.]]>
Ronald Acuna Wins NL Rookie Of the Year: Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna was named the 2018 National League Rookie Of the Year on Monday. He topped Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler for the award. Acuna received 27 first-place votes out of 30. He homered in his second career game and led the team with 26 home runs and a .917 OPS in 111 games. He became one of five players in history to hit 26 home runs before his 21st birthday. Acuna's 55 extra-base hits in his first 100 games are the sixth most in history. He managed to hit 19 home runs in the last 68 games of the season and had the NL's third highest OPS (1.028) in that span. Needless to say, Acuna will be a very high draft pick heading into his second season. - as of Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:53:29 -0500 RotoBaller Staff https://www.rotoballer.com?p=575002&post_type=newsdesk&preview_id=575002 MLB prospects-rookiesriserstop-headlines RonaldAcunaATLLF1997-12-18660670 This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna was named the 2018 National League Rookie Of the Year on Monday. He topped Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler for the award. Acuna received 27 first-place votes out of 30. He homered in his second career game and led the team with 26 home runs and a .917 OPS in 111 games. He became one of five players in history to hit 26 home runs before his 21st birthday. Acuna's 55 extra-base hits in his first 100 games are the sixth most in history. He managed to hit 19 home runs in the last 68 games of the season and had the NL's third highest OPS (1.028) in that span. Needless to say, Acuna will be a very high draft pick heading into his second season.]]>