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MLB trade rumors and news: Giants sign Jason Vosler to major-league deal

Vosler is the rare minor-league free agent who is coveted enough to earn a 40-man roster spot.

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  • If you had Jason Vosler as the first position player to score a major-league free-agent deal this offseason, come collect your prize. The Giants signed the 27-year-old third baseman, who has spent time in the Cubs and Padres organizations, to a major-league contract on Tuesday. Vosler is a veteran of six minor-league seasons and spent time at the Padres’ alternate training site this summer but has yet to make his major-league debut. However, the Giants were still intrigued enough to give him a 40-man roster spot, perhaps because of his righty-mashing ability — the left-handed hitter hit .300/.371/.563 with 19 homers in 339 plate appearances against right-handers at Triple-A El Paso in 2019.
  • Florida was heavily represented as baseball’s 2020 Managers of the Year were announced on Tuesday night, with Don Mattingly winning in the National League and Kevin Cash winning in the AL. Good thing World Series performance wasn’t part of the criteria.
  • When the White Sox hired Tony La Russa to be their next manager, it got a lot of attention mainly because everyone just assumed that La Russa was done managing in the big leagues and had moved on to the twilight of his career in baseball. Now, the hiring is getting some additional scrutiny because apparently La Russa was charged with his second DUI just one day before the White Sox announced the hiring. The team making the move despite knowing about the charge is....interesting to say the least.
  • It is awards season and the Rookie of the Year awards were announced on Monday evening. The MarinersKyle Lewis was the unanimous pick over in the American League while Brewers reliever Devin Williams, who was all but unhittable this year, took home the hardware in the National League over Alec Bohm and Jake Cronenworth.
  • A new regime is starting in Queens and they’re already making big moves. The Mets have parted ways with several top executives, including the one and only Brodie Van Wagenen. Steve Cohen is wasting no time in getting businesses done, his way.
  • On today’s episode of “Stuff I Don’t Like,” Justin Turner will be receiving no punishment for getting in the faces of his teammates and galivanting without a mask just hours after being diagnosed with COVID-19. But yes, let’s endanger our teammates for the fun of it.
  • The Red Sox have re-hired Alex Cora as their manager.
  • With everything going on in the world, it is easy to overlook the fact that MLB decided last week was the ideal week to announce several awards, including the Silver Slugger awards. That announcement took place Thursday, with the Braves and White Sox leading the way with four and three selections respectively. Also, Mike Trout won his eighth Silver Slugger, because of course he did.
  • Most Americans were probably focused on a different election than the one that determined the results of the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Tuesday night, but MLB went ahead and announced the winners anyway. A trio of defenders who are putting together legendary resumes were the most notable winners, as Nolan Arenado won his eighth straight Gold Glove, Alex Gordon won for a fourth straight year and an eighth (and final) time overall, and Mookie Betts won for the fifth straight year. But a flurry of players also won for the first time, including Evan White, César Hernández, J.P. Crawford, Javier Báez, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Tyler O’Neill, Luis Robert, Trent Grisham, Joey Gallo, Griffin Canning, and Max Fried.
  • Trevor Bauer is one of the most intriguing free agents on the market this offseason.
  • The BBWAA awards finalists were announced on Monday evening without any huge surprises, even if a bit of nitpicking could be done.
  • Six MLB free agents have received qualifying offers, including Trevor Bauer and D.J. LeMahieu. They have until November 11th at 5 PM to accept or decline. This year’s qualifying offer was worth $18.9M and in a class with weak free agents, it could be a huge lowball for what some of these players will be worth if they enter free agency.
  • The Rays have declined 2021 options on Charlie Morton and Mike Zunino, setting them free while breaking hearts everywhere.
  • No surprise here. The Tigers have hired A.J. Hinch as their new manager. Some may even say this is an extension of Hinch’s punishment from the Astros’ cheating scandal.
  • In another bizarre but fantastic move, the White Sox have hired Tony La Russa as their manager. Why yes, he is coming out of a decade long retirement to manage the White Sox. I’m almost excited as you are for what chaos will transpire.
  • The Rangers declined Corey Kluber’s option for 2021, releasing him to this abysmal free agent market. This comes as a shock to no one given the injury laden and outright depressing season that Kluber faced this year.
  • Staying in line with people parting ways, the Cardinals are not exercising Kolten Wong’s option.
  • Maybe some happiness can finally come to Queens. Steve Cohen’s purchase of Mets has officially gone through, thus ending the dark Wilpon cloud that has been looming over the borough.
  • The Marlins have exercised their option on Starling Marte for 2021.
  • The Dodgers snapped the 10th-longest championship drought in baseball — one that was often infuriating for fans of a team that is consistently near the top of the league in payroll and has won the NL West for eight straight seasons — by defeating the Rays in Game 6 of the World Series. Los Angeles took advantage of an extremely puzzling decision by Rays manager Kevin Cash to pull starter Blake Snell after he threw just 73 pitches and allowed just one hit over 5.1 innings. With the potential tying run on first base, Cash inserted reliever Nick Anderson, who had allowed runs in six straight appearances, and sure enough, he extended the streak to seven games, as he first allowed Austin Barnes to score from third on a wild pitch, then gave up the go-ahead run as Corey Seager grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice. Mookie Betts hit a solo homer in the eighth to finish off the Dodgers’ scoring in a 3-1 victory.
  • Unfortunately, the good vibes surrounding the Dodgers’ World Series victory were quickly sullied as it was revealed that Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner had tested positive for COVID-19, explaining manager Dave Roberts’ decision to pull him prior to the eighth inning of Game 6. As if MLB’s decision to proceed with a game involving an infected player wasn’t controversial enough, Turner then returned to the field to celebrate with the trophy, participate in a non-socially distant team photo (he pulled his mask down for the occasion), and kiss his wife on the field. When asked how Turner managed to participate in the celebration, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was quoted as saying, “I don’t think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out,” per the New York Daily News’ Bradford William Davis.
  • Astros reliever Josh James underwent surgery to repair a labral tear in his left hip, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. He’ll be out of commission for 6-8 months, meaning he’ll miss the beginning of the 2021 season...that is, granted, if it starts on time next year. The 27-year old threw for a 7.27 ERA this season.
  • The Marlins have split with president of baseball operations Mike Hill. Odd considering this was the first season in 17 years that the Marlins have made it to the playoffs.
  • Speaking of a front office shuffle, after firing Billy Eppler last month, the Angels are already forming a shortlist of who they want to replace him. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that they’re assembling a growing list of candidates.
  • The Red Sox owners group might be taking the company public, in case you want to get a little piece of the action. Fenway Sports LLC is in special negations with a special acquisitions company that would bring them public, reports Cara Lombardo and Miriam Gottfried of the Wall Street Journal. After going public, Fenway Sports would be valued at $8B, giving the acquisition company, RedBall Acquisitions, a $1.575B minority share. Don’t worry Red Sox fans, John Henry will still maintain majority control of the group.
  • The Reds got some less than ideal news recently as their president of baseball operations, Dick Williams, resigned. There isn’t really a sordid reason for Williams’ decision, as he just wants to spend more time with family and work on ventures outside of baseball. His former right-hand man, Nick Krall, will now oversee the team’s baseball operations department.
  • After five disappointing and cringeworthy seasons, Matt Klentak has stepped down as Phillies’ GM. The 40-year old with be reassigned a new role within the club, one that the Phillies have yet to announce and frankly we’re scared to hear. While Klentak was great when it came to blockbuster and exciting deals like Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto, he could never quite seem to get lasting depth in the bullpen.
  • Francisco Cervelli has announced his retirement on Instagram, reports Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Signed by the Yankees out of Venezuela in 2003, the veteran backstop didn’t make his name in the league until 2008. After bouncing to Pittsburg and a brief stint in Atlanta, he signed a one-year deal with the Marlins last season. Cervelli slashed a career average .268/.358/.382, earning what FanGraphs has has doled out to him: a career 18 WAR.
  • The Astros announced that they’ve signed first baseman Yuli Gurriel to a one-year extension with a club option for 2022. They’ll be hoping he bounces back during a more normal season next year after struggling during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.
  • The Angels have fired general manager Billy Eppler, as The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported. Eppler had one year left on his contract after being given an extension last year. He joined the team during the 2015 offseason and was a part of many of the team’s major moves, such as signing Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon and locking down Mike Trout for an extension. While replacement talks may not start in earnest until this weird postseason is done, it will be interesting to see who owner Arte Moreno has on his mind to replace him.
  • Despite the fact that he was elected to a new four-year term last year, Minor League Baseball president Pat O’Conner announced that he’ll be retiring after the season. This seems like bad news for the future of MiLB as we know it, as there’s a strong possibility that his position will be eliminated upon his departure as part of Rob Manfred’s “One Baseball” plan — one that would give the commissioner’s office much more authority over MiLB and calls for massive contraction in the minors. While O’Conner played a major role in the growth and development of Minor League Baseball, his legacy is tainted by the fact that he very publicly advocated against minor leaguers having a right to a living wage.