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Good morning baseball fans. In history, there are turning points. Baseball works the same way. One trade can set off the entire trade market in July. One signing in the winter can officially start the hot stove. Could yesterday have been that day?
The Giants signed their Gold-Glove and Silver Slugger winning shortstop to a six-year, $75 million extension.
Cliff Pennington is headed to the Angels, signing a two-year, $3.75 million deal.
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will retire following the 2016 season.
The A's signed Rich Hill to a one-year, $6 million contract.
Hill pitched well down the stretch for the Red Sox, who signed him out of the Atlantic League over the summer. The southpaw made four starts with Boston, allowing only five earned runs in 29 innings in his first time starting in the majors since 2009.
Hill is a veteran of eleven major-league seasons with the Cubs (2005-08), Orioles (2009), Red Sox (2010-12, 2015), Indians (2013), Angels (2014) and Yankees (2014). He has made less than $4 million in his entire career before this point, so the $6 million guarantee is a stunning one for someone who was pitching for the Long Island Ducks in 2015.
Now that Hill has signed, the A's could look to move Jesse Chavez, who is drawing interest from other clubs.
Sources: Multiple teams have showed significant trade interest in Jesse Chavez. A's could move him after agreeing to terms with Rich Hill.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 18, 2015
The MLB minimum salary will stay at $507,500 for 2016.
Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the years 2012-2016. The CBA called for minimum salaries of $480,000 in 2012, $490,000 in 2013, $500,000 in 2014, then cost of living increases in both 2015 and 2016. The cost of living adjustment is rounded to the nearest $500, with the caveat that the minimum salary shall not decrease.
Ben Zobrist and Gerardo Parra are two names that the New York Mets are looking into.
Carig notes that Zobrist could take over second base until Dilson Herrera proves he's ready. Zobrist could then shift to other areas on the field, as well as giving David Wright ample opportunities to rest his back. Zobrist would not only represent an offensive upgrade over Murphy, but likely also a significant improvement defensively.
The Tigers have expressed interest in Yovani Gallardo.
San Francisco made another move on Tuesday, signing Kyle Blanks to a minor league deal.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1997, the expansion draft takes place. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks join the MLB. Pedro Martinez is traded from Montreal to Boston.