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  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani named top DH for second straight season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani was named winner of the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award for the second consecutive year.

    • Ohtani outdistanced Houston Astros standout Yordan Alvarez while becoming the first player to win the award in consecutive seasons since David Ortiz won it five straight years from 2003-07.

      The award is named after Edgar Martinez, the former star designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019.

      Ohtani batted .273 with 34 homers, 30 doubles, six triples and 95 RBIs in 157 games during a season in which he was runner-up for the American League MVP. He served as the Angels' DH 153 times and was utilized as a pinch-hitter on four occasions.

      Ohtani started 28 games as a pitcher this season and was the DH in each of them. He prospered from a new rule that allowed him to remain the DH after being removed as a pitcher.

      Alvarez served as the designated hitter 77 times for the Astros and batted .299 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in those games. He played left field in 56 games. Overall, he batted .306 with 37 homers and 97 RBIs in 135 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Astros signing 1B Jose Abreu
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    The World Series champion Houston Astros are on the verge of signing free agent and three-time All-Star Jose Abreu, multiple outlets reported Monday.

    • USA Today reported it's a three-year deal for the 2020 American League MVP.

      Abreu, 35, has played his entire career with the Chicago White Sox, but it was reported in October that the team did not intend to re-sign the first baseman in an effort to shake up the roster after a disappointing season.

      Abreu joined the White Sox in 2014 and was named Rookie of the Year. In his nine seasons in Chicago, he batted .292 with 1,445 hits, 243 home runs and 863 RBIs in 1,270 games.

      In 2022, Abreu hit .304 but saw his power numbers fall to 15 homers and 75 RBIs, down from 30 and 117, respectively, in 2021.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: White Sox agree on 1-year deal with RHP Mike Clevinger
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 27, 2022

    Right-hander Mike Clevinger completed his return to the American League Central on Sunday after he agreed to a deal with the Chicago White Sox, multiple outlets reported.

    • MLB Network reported it is a one-year deal for the former Cleveland and San Diego starter at a salary of "more than $8 million."

      Clevinger, 31, went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 appearances (22 starts) for the Padres last season as San Diego advanced to the National League Championship Series.

      The former fourth-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 spent his first 4 1/2 seasons in Cleveland before his young career hit a snag. He was moved to the Padres at the 2020 trade deadline after he had been suspended for violating team COVID-19 protocol.

      Clevinger then pitched just four games with the Padres in 2020 before he needed Tommy John surgery, forcing him to miss the entire 2021 campaign.

      In 128 career appearances (114 starts), Clevinger has gone 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA and 694 strikeouts over 656 2/3 innings.

      The White Sox were projected to be a World Series contender last season but missed the playoffs with an 81-81 record. Manager Tony La Russa left the team for health considerations on Aug. 31 and did not return. Pedro Grifol was hired as manager on Nov. 1.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Padres sign veteran RHP Julio Teheran
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 27, 2022

    The San Diego Padres signed right-hander Julio Teheran to a minor league deal, MLB Network reported Sunday.

    • The two-time All-Star can make up to $6 million in the majors under terms of the contract, per the report.

      Teheran, 31, pitched in Mexico last season and last appeared in the majors with the Detroit Tigers in 2021.

      A National League All-Star with Atlanta in 2014 and 2016, Teheran is 78-77 with a 3.80 ERA in 240 games (236 starts) with the Braves (2011-19), Los Angeles Angels (2020) and Tigers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: 1B Carlos Santana lands 1-year deal with Pirates
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 25, 2022

    Veteran first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana agreed to a one-year, $6,725,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, according to multiple media reports.

    • The free agent deal reportedly won't be finalized until Santana passes a physical exam.

      Santana, 36, started last season with the Kansas City Royals, then was traded in June to Seattle. He was part of a Mariners team that end the majors' longest playoff drought, hitting .192 with a .293 on-base percentage, a .400 slugging percentage, 15 homers and 39 RBIs in 79 games.

      Overall in 2022, Santana batted .202/.316/.376 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs in 131 games.

      With Pittsburgh, he could end up competing for playing time with another newcomer, Ji-Man Choi, who was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Nov. 10.

      The Pirates' primary first baseman this year was Michael Chavez, who hit .229/.265/.389 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs in 129 games.

      Santana broke into the majors with Cleveland and wound up spending 10 years there in two stints (2010-17, 2019-20). He spent 2018 with the Philadelphia Phillies, then played for the Royals in 2021 and part of 2022.

      In 1,784 career games, Santana has a .242/.359/.432 batting line with 278 homers and 925 RBIs. He has been an All-Star once, when he hit .281/.397/.515 with 34 home runs and 93 RBIs in 158 games for Cleveland in 2020.

      --Field Level Media

  • Phillies' Bryce Harper undergoes Tommy John surgery, out 8 months
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 24, 2022

    Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday and might not return until close to the All-Star break, the team said.

    • The Phillies said Harper may be able to throw well enough to play right field near the end of the regular season.

      Harper required the surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm. The injury prevented him from playing right field for most of last season and he made 90 of his 99 regular-season appearances as the designated hitter.

      The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who routinely informs players of two options when conducting a repair. He will either do a full ligament reconstruction (Tommy John) or a lesser procedure.

      When Angels star Shohei Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery in October of 2018, he was able to return as a designated hitter seven months later, but he didn't pitch at all during the 2019 season.

      Harper, 30, was unable to throw the ball after mid-April of last season. He hurt his elbow on April 11 as he made a throw to home plate in a game against the New York Mets and soon after converted to the DH role when an MRI showed a strain in the muscles and tendons where the elbow and forearm meet.

      Harper also missed two months with a broken left thumb.

      Despite the injuries, Harper hit .286 with 18 home runs and 65 RBIs for the Phillies, who lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series in six games. In 17 postseason games, he batted .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs.

      The two-time National League MVP and seven-time All-Star has 285 homers, 817 RBIs and a .280 batting average in 1,382 career games with the Washington Nationals (2012-18) and Phillies (2019-22).

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers bring back Mike Maddux as pitching coach
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 24, 2022

    Mike Maddux will make a return to his former role as pitching coach with the Texas Rangers, joining the staff of new manager Bruce Bochy.

    • The club announced the move Wednesday, as well as revealing that former Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore will join the Rangers as a senior advisor to the baseball operations department.

      Maddux, 61, was first a major league pitching coach with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003-08. He then began a seven-year stint with the Rangers that lasted until 2015. He also was a pitching coach with the Washington Nationals (2016-17) and St. Louis Cardinals through last season.

      Maddux, who is the brother of Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, pitched in the major leagues himself for 15 seasons. He went 39-37 with a 4.05 ERA in 472 appearances (48 starts) for nine different teams.

      Moore, 55, took over as the Royals' general manager in 2006 and helped lead the team to a pair of World Series appearances, including the 2015 title. He was promoted to president of baseball operations before the start of last season but was dismissed in September.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox sign LHP Joely Rodriguez to one-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 24, 2022

    The Boston Red Sox signed reliever Joely Rodriguez to a one-year deal Wednesday with a club option for 2024.

    • MLB Network reported the contract will pay him a guaranteed $2 million plus incentives in 2023.

      The 31-year-old left-hander was 2-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 55 relief appearances for the New York Mets in 2022.

      Rodriguez is 5-9 with a 4.56 ERA and one save in 157 relief appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies (2016-17), Texas Rangers (2020-21), New York Yankees (2021) and Mets.

      The Dominican Republic native has struck out 146 batters, walked 68 and surrendered 11 homers in 146 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels acquire Hunter Renfroe in trade with Brewers
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 23, 2022

    Hunter Renfroe is headed to his fifth team in five seasons as the Los Angeles Angels acquired the outfielder from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade on Tuesday.

    • The Brewers received right-handed pitchers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero and minor league left-hander Adam Seminaris.

      Renfroe, 30, hit 29 homers and drove in 72 runs while batting .255 with a .315 on-base percentage and a .492 slugging percentage in 125 games this year during his lone season with Milwaukee.

      Excluding the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he has hit more than 25 homers five years in row.

      Renfroe was selected in the first round of the 2013 draft by the Padres, and he played in San Diego from 2016-19. He then joined the Tampa Bay Rays (2020), Boston Red Sox (2021) and Milwaukee (2022).

      In 701 career games, Renfroe has a .240/.300/.490 batting line with 157 homers and 394 RBIs.

      Renfroe, normally a right fielder, could end up a starter in the Los Angeles outfield along with Mike Trout and Taylor Ward. The Angels' primary left fielders near the end of the 2022 season, Jo Adell and Mickey Moniak, provided little offense.

      Junk, 26, appeared briefly for the Angels in 2021 and ‘22, going a combined 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA in seven games (six starts).

      Peguero, 25, also was a bit-part player for Los Angeles the past two games, compiling an 0-1 record and a 9.15 ERA in 16 relief outings.

      Seminaris, 24, played in Class-A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2022, amassing a combined 7-11 record with a 3.54 ERA in 24 games (21 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Albert Pujols, Justin Verlander win Comeback Player of Year honors
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols and Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander earned Comeback Player of the Year honors for the National League and American League, respectively, on Tuesday.

    • Pujols won the NL honor after closing out his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. Verlander took AL honors just six days after unanimously winning the AL Cy Young Award.

      Pujols, 42, batted .270 with 24 homers and 68 RBIs in 109 games in the final season of his 22-year career. It was his second tour of duty with St. Louis as he previously spent 11 seasons with the franchise (2001-11) before also playing for the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.

      Pujols was released by the Angels in May 2021 before finishing the season with the Dodgers. But he rebounded in 2022 and hit his most homers since 2016 during his return to the Cardinals and completed his career ranked fourth in homers (703), second in RBIs (2,218) and ninth in hits (3,384).

      Verlander, 39, missed the entire 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery but recovered to go 18-4 with a major-league-best 1.75 ERA in 28 starts. He also led the AL in wins, WHIP (0.83) and opponents' batting average (.186).

      Verlander struck out 185 in 175 innings while winning the Cy Young Award for the third time in his 17-year career. His ERA was the lowest in Astros history and the best in the AL since Boston's Pedro Martinez had a 1.74 ERA in 2000.

      The winners were determined by voting from the 30 beat reporters from MLB.com.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Giants host free agent Aaron Judge
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    Coveted free agent Aaron Judge is in San Francisco to meet with the Giants, MLB.com reported Tuesday.

    • The newly crowned American League MVP was seen arriving at the airport in San Francisco on Monday in a video released by MLB Network.

      "Visiting some family and friends; that's about it," Judge said on the video. When asked about what else he might do in the area, he said, "We've got something. Have a good one."

      Judge already has met with the New York Yankees, his employer for all seven of his MLB seasons. He turned down a seven-year contract extension offer worth $213.5 million from the team before the season started. After setting the American League home run record with 62, Judge will be seeking a whopping contract, with MLB.com saying the asking price is expected to be at least $40 million a year for eight years.

      In addition to his home run mark, Judge also led the major leagues in RBIs (131), runs (133), on-base percentage (.425) and slugging percentage (.686). He led the AL with 111 walks and ranked second with a .311 batting average. In the field, he did not commit an error.

      The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Giants both have been shedding payroll since the end of the season, with the expectation at making a run at Judge or other high-priced free agents. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the Dodgers have dropped $70 million through the expiring contracts of Trea Turner, Craig Kimbrel and David Price, along with other moves.

      Judge, 30, also is expected to meet with the Dodgers. He is from California, growing up in Linden, about 95 miles east of San Francisco.

      Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said last week that the team had made a new offer to Judge.

      "We're in real time, so we're on the clock," Cashman said. "We're certainly not going to mess around."

      --Field Level Media

  • Phillies extend GM Dave Dombrowski through 2027
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    The Philadelphia Phillies gave general manager Dave Dombrowski a three-year extension on Tuesday.

    • The new deal keeps Dombrowski with the club through the 2027 season. Financial terms were not announced.

      The Phillies are coming off a World Series run in Dombrowski's second season as GM. It was the club's first postseason appearance since 2011.

      "We are extremely pleased that Dave has agreed to continue to lead our baseball operations department through the 2027 season," Phillies managing partner John Middleton said in a news release. "His astute knowledge of the game and keen eye for talent set us on a path to win the National League pennant. I firmly believe that under his stewardship, we will reach our ultimate goal."

      The Phillies hired Dombrowski, 66, in December 2020.

      "I am excited to sign a contract extension with the Phillies," Dombrowski said. "This is a great organization and I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such tremendous personnel. We have made significant strides in many areas of baseball operations over the last couple of years, and I am committed to building upon them to form a championship organization for the city and our incredible fan base."

      Dombrowski's teams have made the playoffs 10 times during his 33 years as a president or GM, winning seven division titles, five pennants and two World Series.

      --Field Level Media

  • Carlos Beltran among 14 first-timers on HOF ballot
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    Carlos Beltran, a former American League rookie of the year and a World Series champion with the Houston Astros, is among 14 players appearing on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

    • The Hall of Fame is mailing ballots to about 400 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America this week, and it announced the 28 names -- including 14 holdovers -- on that ballot on Monday.

      The first-time eligibles for the 2023 Hall of Fame class are pitchers R.A. Dickey, Huston Street, John Lackey, Francisco Rodriguez, Jered Weaver, Bronson Arroyo and Matt Cain; infielders J.J. Hardy and Jhonny Peralta; outfielders Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Andre Ethier and Jayson Werth; and catcher-first baseman Mike Napoli.

      Last year, David Ortiz was the only player elected to the Hall of Fame. Candidates whose names appear on at least 75 percent of the 2023 ballots cast by the voting BBWAA members will be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., in July.

      Players' names remain on the ballot for up to 10 years as long as they receive at least 5 percent of the vote each year.

      That eliminates three controversial players from contention on the traditional ballot this year. In their final year of eligibility last year, outfielder Barry Bonds (66.0 percent) and pitchers Roger Clemens (65.2) and Curt Schilling (58.6) failed to reach the 75 percent threshold. The Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee will consider their candidacy next month.

      Reaching the 10-year mark this year is infielder Jeff Kent, who received 32.7 percent of the vote in 2022. An infielder, Kent hit 377 home runs for six teams over 17 seasons.

      Other holdovers from the 2022 voting are pitchers Mark Buehrle, Billy Wagner and Andy Pettitte; infielders Scott Rolen, Todd Helton, Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez and Omar Vizquel; and outfielders Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter, Andruw Jones, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield.

      The only players receiving more than 50 percent of the votes last year were Rolen (63.2), Helton (52.0) and Wagner (51.0).

      Bonds, Clemens and Rodriguez have failed to gain entry into the Hall of Fame as voters have declined to choose them because of their ties to baseball's steroid era. While Beltran arguably has the best resume among the newcomers, voters may decide against him because of his ties to the cheating scandal surrounding the 2017 Astros.

      An investigative report into the Astros' conduct pointed to Beltran for his involvement and days later, the newly hired New York Mets manager was fired without ever managing a game.

      In 20 major league seasons, Beltran hit 565 doubles, swatted 435 home runs and drove in 1,587 runs with seven teams. He won three Gold Gloves and made nine All-Star teams.

      Results of the voting will be announced Jan. 24.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reds acquire INF Kevin Newman from Pirates
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 19, 2022

    Hours after the Pirates tendered a 2023 contract to Kevin Newman, Pittsburgh traded the infielder to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Dauri Moreta.

    • Newman was in danger of being non-tendered as he heads into his second year of arbitration eligibility. The 29-year-old California native hit .274 with a .316 on-base percentage, a .372 slugging percentage, two homers and 24 RBIs in 78 games this year.

      Over his five years in the majors, all with Pittsburgh, Newman has a career batting line of .260/.303/.357 with 20 homers and 143 RBIs in 431 games.

      Moreta, 25, went 0-2 with one save and a 5.40 ERA in 35 games (one start) for Cincinnati this year. He broke into the majors with the Reds in 2021, when he had no decisions and a 2.45 ERA in four relief appearances.

      Moreta spent a large chunk of the 2022 season with Triple-A Louisville, where he finished 3-4 with one save and a 3.95 ERA in 28 relief outings.

      The Pirates designated two players for assignment on Friday, left-hander Manny Banuelos and catcher Tyler Heineman, removing them from the 40-man roster.

      Banuelos, 31, split the 2022 season between the New York Yankees and the Pirates, going a combined 2-1 with one save and a 4.39 ERA in 35 relief appearances.

      Heineman, 31, played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh this year, hitting a combined .217/.276/.268 with no homers and nine RBIs in 62 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Braves agree to two-year deal with injured LHP Tyler Matzek
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 18, 2022

    The Atlanta Braves agreed to a two-year, $3.1 million deal with injured left-hander Tyler Matzek on Friday to avoid arbitration.

    • Matzek will miss the 2023 season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last month. He is expected to be recovered before the start of the 2024 campaign.

      The deal also includes a $5.5 million club option for 2025 with no buyout.

      Matzek was a key figure on Atlanta's 2020 World Series-winning team, striking out 24 batters in 15 2/3 innings over 13 postseason appearances. He compiled a 1.72 ERA and gave up 10 hits and four walks.

      The 32-year-old Matzek went 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA in 42 relief appearances in 2022. He missed seven-plus weeks with shoulder soreness, returned in early July and was later left off the postseason roster due to the elbow discomfort.

      Matzek was a first-round pick (11th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2009 and first reached the majors in 2014. He went 8-12 with a 4.06 ERA in 24 starts and one relief appearances in two seasons with Colorado.

      He revived his career in 2020 with the Braves and has gone 8-9 with a 2.92 ERA in 132 relief appearances with Atlanta.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers non-tender former NL MVP Cody Bellinger
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 18, 2022

    The Los Angeles Dodgers non-tendered outfielder Cody Bellinger on Friday, making the 2019 National League MVP a free agent.

    • Bellinger, 27, had one more season of club control but at a projected salary of at least $18 million for 2023. The Dodgers still could work out a new deal with the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year, or he could move on to another club.

      The two-time All-Star batted .210 with a .654 OPS last season, although those numbers were better than what he posted in 2021: .165 and .542. He had 19 home runs and 68 RBIs in 144 games last season after hitting 10 home runs with 36 RBIs in 2021.

      During his MVP season, Bellinger batted .305 with a 1.035 OPS and hit 47 home runs with 115 RBIs.

      The downfall for the Arizona native appeared to come during Game 7 of the 2020 National League Championship Series. Bellinger hit a go-ahead home run against the Atlanta Braves, in a victory that put Los Angeles into the World Series, but he partially dislocated his shoulder in a celebration with teammate Enrique Hernandez.

      Bellinger had a surgical procedure to repair the shoulder that offseason, then came away with a leg injury early in the 2021 season that cost him nearly two months.

      Over six seasons and 745 games with the Dodgers, Bellinger is a career .248 hitter with an .819 OPS and has 152 home runs with 422 RBIs. He is considered a well-above defensive player in center field and at first base.

      The Dodgers also non-tendered infielder Edwin Rios and utility man Luke Williams. Rios, 28, hit .244 with seven homers and 17 RBIs in 27 games for Los Angeles this year. Williams, 26, was claimed off waivers from Miami last week. He split the 2022 season between the San Francisco Giants and the Marlins, hitting a combined .236 with one homer and six RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 79 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees agree to one-year deal with SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 18, 2022

    The New York Yankees announced Friday that they have agreed to a one-year deal with shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

    • The deal is worth $6 million, according to multiple reports

      The agreement means the two sides will avoid arbitration.

      Kiner-Falefa batted .261 with four homers and 48 RBIs in 142 games last season in his first year with the Yankees.

      The 27-year-old lost his starting shortstop job for a time due to defensive issues. He committed 15 errors a year following his career-worst 19 errors for the Texas Rangers in 2021.

      Kiner-Falefa spent four seasons with the Texas and won a Gold Glove in 2020.

      The Rangers traded him to the Minnesota Twins in March. One day later, Minnesota sent Kiner-Falefa to the Yankees as part of the deal in which New York acquired Josh Donaldson.

      Kiner-Falefa has a .264 career average with 20 homers and 166 RBIs in 534 career games with the Rangers (2018-21) and Yankees.

      Also, New York claimed right-hander Junior Fernandez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 25-year-old had a 2.41 ERA in 16 relief appearances in 2022 while splitting time between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pirates.

      --Field Level Media

  • Twins send Gio Urshela to Angels, acquire Kyle Farmer from Reds
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 18, 2022

    The Minnesota Twins completed a pair of trades on Friday, starting when they dealt infielder Gio Urshela to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor league pitcher Alejandro Hidalgo.

    • Later Friday, Minnesota acquired infielder Kyle Farmer from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league pitcher Casey Legumina.

      Urshela, 31, spent one season with the Twins after being traded to Minnesota in March. He played a career-high 144 games and batted .285 with 13 home runs, 27 doubles and 64 RBIs.

      Primarily a third baseman, Urshela heads to his fifth team. In 602 games with the Cleveland Guardians (2015, 2017), Toronto Blue Jays (2018), New York Yankees (2019-21) and Twins, Urshela is a .275 career batter with 62 home runs, 106 doubles and 256 RBIs.

      Farmer, 32, played in 292 games for Cincinnati over the past two seasons after a slow start to his major league career. In 480 career games for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2017-18) and Reds (2019-22), he has batted .254 with 39 home runs, 61 doubles and 183 RBIs. He had career highs in hits (134), doubles (25) and RBIs (78) for the Reds in 2022 while batting .255.

      He's spent most of his time at shortstop and third base and has been a more effective batter against lefties, with an .837 OPS against them as opposed to .650 against right-handers.

      Legumina, a 25-year-old right-hander, spent most of last season with Double-A Wichita and went 2-5 there with a 4.93 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 30 games (13 starts).

      Hidalgo, 19, is a right-hander who spent 2022 with Class-A Inland Empire. He started 10 games and went 0-3 with a 4.62 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 39 innings.

      The Angels designated left-hander Jhonathan Diaz for assignment in a corresponding roster move. Diaz, 26, went 2-1 with a 3.49 ERA in seven games (five starts) for the Angels over the past two seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockies extend contract of P Tyler Kinley, claim P Brent Suter off waivers
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 18, 2022

    The Colorado Rockies moved to build their pitching staff on Friday, agreeing to a three-year contract extension with right-hander Tyler Kinley and claiming left-hander Brent Suter off waivers.

    • The Rockies didn't announce financial terms for the deal with Kinley, which will run through the 2025 season. The contract includes a club option for 2026.

      Kinley, 31, was 1-1 with a 0.75 ERA in 25 relief appearances in 2022. He struck out 27 and surrendered 21 hits in 24 innings pitched.

      In his career with the Minnesota Twins (2018), Miami Marlins (2018-19) and Rockies, Kinley has appeared in 184 games, all in relief. He is 7-6 with a 4.44 ERA and one save in 178 1/3 innings. He has converted just one of his seven hold opportunities.

      Claimed off waivers from Milwaukee, Suter, 33, was 5-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 54 appearances out of the Milwaukee bullpen in 2022.

      He had spent his entire seven-year career with the Brewers, compiling a 36-19 record and a 3.51 ERA across 196 games (39 starts).

      Milwaukee drafted Suter in the 31st round in 2012. He played collegiately at Harvard.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets acquire RHP Elieser Hernandez from Marlins
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 18, 2022

    The New York Mets acquired right-handers Elieser Hernandez and Jeff Brigham from the Miami Marlins on Friday in exchange for minor league pitcher Franklin Sanchez.

    • The Marlins designated Hernandez and Brigham for assignment on Tuesday.

      Hernandez, 27, was 3-6 with a 6.35 ERA in 20 games (10 starts) for the Marlins in 2022. Over five seasons with Miami, he went 10-21 with a 5.04 ERA in 90 games (48 starts). He struck out 277 batters in 287 2/3 innings.

      Brigham, 30, was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and one save in 16 relief appearances for the Marlins this season. He is 3-7 with a 4.52 ERA and two saves in 53 games (four starts) in parts of four seasons with Miami.

      Sanchez, 22, joined the Mets organization in 2021. The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 17 games (seven starts) between Class-A Brooklyn and Class-A St. Lucie in 2022.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mariners send Kyle Lewis to D-backs for Cooper Hummel
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 17, 2022

    The Seattle Mariners dealt outfielder Kyle Lewis to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday in exchange for catcher/outfielder Cooper Hummel.

    • Lewis, 27, was the American League Rookie of the Year for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, when he batted .262 and hit 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 58 games.

      In the two seasons since then, he's appeared in 54 games due to injuries and ineffectiveness. He batted .143 (8-for-56) across 18 appearances last season. The 11th overall pick by the Mariners in the 2020 draft, Lewis is a career .244 hitter with 25 home runs and 57 RBIs in 130 games.

      Hummel, who turns 28 on Nov. 28, played 66 games for Arizona as a rookie in 2022. He batted .176 with three home runs, three triples and 17 RBIs. He caught parts of 18 games (14 starts) and also played left field, right field and designated hitter.

      --Field Level Media

  • Aaron Judge runs away with American League MVP
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 17, 2022

    Aaron Judge was named American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday night, capping a historic season during which he broke the league's single-season home run record.

    • Judge received 28 first-place votes from the panel of 30 Baseball Writers' Association of America voters, with the other two going to Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels. Judge finished with 410 total points in voting, Ohtani had 280 and Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros was third with 232.

      Judge, 30, hit his 62nd homer on the second-to-last night of the regular season to surpass Roger Maris' long-standing AL mark of 61.

      In his seventh season with the New York Yankees, Judge also led the major leagues in RBIs (131), runs (133), on-base percentage (.425) and slugging percentage (.686). He led the AL with 111 walks and ranked second with a .311 batting average. In the field, he did not commit an error.

      "It's tough to put to words," Judge said on MLB Network. "It's an incredible, incredible moment. A lot of hard work throughout the years to get to this point. I got a lot of people to thank. I go all the way back to coaches in travel ball, to Little League, high school, college, guys I've worked with through the minor leagues, major league. I always feel like any award you get, it's never an individual award. It's a team effort through and through."

      Judge has since hit free agency and is expected to command a massive contract, whether from the Yankees or another club.

      Judge was second in MVP voting in 2017 and fourth last year. Now he's become the first Yankee since Alex Rodriguez (2005, 2007) to win the award.

      He said he only had a chance to reflect on his season after New York's season had ended.

      "I was trying to grind the year out all year," Judge said. "I was focused on trying to win games for the Yankees and do whatever I can for that game, tonight. Win and wake up and do the same thing the next day. So it was tough to really enjoy it because of the ups and downs throughout the year. You're chasing the division, you're chasing a good spot in the postseason."

      The Yankees won the AL East at 99-63 with Judge carrying their offense through the second half of the season. They reached the ALCS, where they were swept by the Houston Astros in four games.

      Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone released prepared statements congratulating Judge on the award.

      "He was incredible in every facet of the game in 2022 and put up a season that ranks with the very best of all time," Cashman said. "Aaron's success was especially meaningful for our organization as we've been able to watch him grow throughout his professional career into the player and leader he has become -- an offensive force in the batter's box, a run preventer wherever we've put him in the field and someone who sets the tone in the clubhouse with his relentless commitment to winning. He has been our MVP for quite some time now, and this honor couldn't be more deserved."

      New York has had 23 MVP winners all-time, with the list also including Babe Ruth (1923), Lou Gehrig (1927, 1936), Joe DiMaggio (1939, 1941, 1947), Joe Gordon (1942), Spud Chandler (1943), Phil Rizzuto (1950), Yogi Berra (1954, 1955), Mickey Mantle (1956, 1957, 1962), Maris (1960, 1961), Elston Howard (1963), Thurman Munson (1976) and Don Mattingly (1985).

      Ohtani, the defending AL MVP, was in the conversation to repeat despite Judge making history. The two-way star went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts and garnered him fourth place in Cy Young Award voting. He added 34 home runs and 95 RBIs with a .273 batting average and a .519 slugging percentage.

      --Field Level Media

  • Paul Goldschmidt wins National League MVP honors
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 17, 2022

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt won the National League MVP award for the first time in his career, it was announced Thursday on the MLB Network.

    • Goldschmidt received 22 first-place votes and 380 points in balloting by 30 Baseball Writers Association of America voters. San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (291) received seven first-place votes and was second and the Cardinals' Nolan Arenado (232) was third and received the other first-place vote.

      "It's a great honor. It isn't just about me," Goldschmidt said on the MLB Network. "it's about the teammates that I have and the coaches and guys I played with in the past. I've learned a lot from a lot of different players and I think it means a lot to all of those people and I hope they know the effect they've had on my career."

      Goldschmidt has been MVP runner-up twice before (2013, 2015) and third another time (2017) during his eight seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. But his fourth season with the Cardinals was the breakthrough campaign.

      Goldschmidt, 35, led the National League in slugging (.578) and batted .317 with 35 homers, 115 RBIs and 106 runs.

      The seven-time All-Star topped 30 homers for the seventh time in his career and the century mark for the fourth time.

      "I want to find a way to still be a good or great player and find way to perform," Goldschmidt said of moving toward the twilight of his career. "And try to win. Just find ways to get better as I get older."

      Goldschmidt's achievement gives St. Louis an NL-most 18 MVP winners.

      The other Cardinals to be named MVP include three-time winners Stan Musial (1943, 1946, 1948) and Albert Pujols (2005, 2008-09).

      Winning once were Frankie Frisch (1931), Dizzy Dean (1934), Joe Medwick (1937), Mort Cooper (1942), Marty Marion (1944), Ken Boyer (1964), Orlando Cepeda (1967), Bob Gibson (1968), Joe Torre (1971), Keith Hernandez (1979, co-winner with Willie Stargell) and Willie McGee (1985).

      Machado, 30, batted .298 with 32 homers and 102 RBIs while helping the Padres reach the NL Championship Series. He was the leader for San Diego after the club didn't have star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for the entire season.

      The six-time All-Star recorded his sixth 30-homer campaign and topped 100 RBIs for the third time.

      Arenado, 31, batted .293 with 30 homers and 103 RBIs and also won his 10th consecutive Gold Glove award.

      The seven-time All-Star topped 30 homers and 100 RBIs in the same season for the seventh time.

      Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (220) placed fourth and teammate Mookie Betts (154) was fifth.

      --Field Level Media

  • Marlins hire Jeff Conine as special assistant to owner
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 17, 2022

    The Miami Marlins named "Mr. Marlin" Jeff Conine to the post of special assistant to the owner on Thursday.

    • Conine, 56, will work closely with Marlins owner Bruce Sherman "on a variety of projects, initiatives and key matters pertaining to the Marlins' operations," the team said in a press release.

      "Jeff is an icon of the Marlins organization, and we are excited to bring him back ‘home,'" Sherman said. "His perspective and knowledge of the history of the Marlins franchise and the South Florida community will be invaluable."

      Conine spent eight of his 17 years in baseball with the then-Florida Marlins, from 1993-97 and then again from 2003-05. He won two World Series with the Marlins, in 1997 and 2003.

      A career .285 hitter, Conine batted .290 with 120 home runs and 553 RBIs in 1,014 career games as a Marlin.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers to host 2024 All-Star Game
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 17, 2022

    The Texas Rangers will host the 2024 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

    • It will be the first All-Star Game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, the team's home since 2020. The 1995 game was played at the Rangers' previous home, originally known as The Ballpark in Arlington.

      The game is scheduled for July 16, 2024. Next year's All-Star Game, the 93rd edition of the Midsummer Classic, is set for July 11 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.

      Globe Life Field was on the big stage in 2020 when it hosted postseason play with limited fans on hand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

      "Major League Baseball is pleased to award the 2024 All-Star Game to the Rangers and the Cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, which presented a robust bid for All-Star Week," commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday in a news release. "The Rangers stepped up under difficult circumstances and Globe Life Field served as terrific host for the 2020 postseason, including the World Series. We are excited to once again feature Baseball's newest ballpark on a global stage next summer."

      --Field Level Media