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Good morning baseball fans. Major League Baseball clubs have not wasted any time improving their rosters and the early action continued Friday night. In a major deal, the Red Sox acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres in exchange for outfielder Manuel Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, outfielder Carlos Asuaje and lefty Logan Allen.
Over the Monster's Mark Normandin is okay with the move since Kimbrel is under club control for more than a season:
Yes, he was expensive in terms of the prospects it took to get him, but that's only a negative if you assume some best-case scenario futures for them, and ignore that the Red Sox are setup to win now and in the future thanks to Kimbrel.
Estrada has expressed a strong desire to return to Toronto since the start of free agency, and would have strongly considered accepting the Jays' qualifying offer if the sides could not work out a multi-year deal, according to a source. Instead of being paid $15.8 million for one season, he will receive an average
San Francisco is considering Yoenis Cespedes and David Price:
The Giants are among the teams going through background preparation on David Price.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 13, 2015
Ian Kennedy did not accept San Diego's qualifying offer and will test the free agent market.
wieters is taking the qualifying offer #orioles— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 13, 2015
Given that the Braves were (rightfully) asking for a king's ransom for Simmons from their division rivals, this return is somewhat disappointing. I mean, if Newcomb develops as expected, they'll wind up looking fantastic in three years. But that's still a fairly big if, far too little for Braves fans to hang their hats on. If Newcomb falters, the next few years could feel like trying to pass a kidney stone. It's an IOU that they have to hope will be redeemed once the team moves out of Atlanta and into its new ballpark in Cobb County. And that seems pretty paltry for a player who could have been a rock to rebuild around.
Today in Baseball History: On this day in 2001, Mariners Manager Lou Piniella is named American League Manager of The Year for the second time in his career.