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Melvin joins elite group with 3 MOY Awards

A's skipper also won in 2012 with Oakland, '07 with Arizona
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OAKLAND -- A's skipper Bob Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, taking home the distinguished Baseball Writers' Association of America Award for the third time in his celebrated managerial career.

Only seven other managers have claimed it as many times since its inception in 1983: Dusty Baker, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella and Buck Showalter. Elite company, unquestionably.

OAKLAND -- A's skipper Bob Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, taking home the distinguished Baseball Writers' Association of America Award for the third time in his celebrated managerial career.

Only seven other managers have claimed it as many times since its inception in 1983: Dusty Baker, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella and Buck Showalter. Elite company, unquestionably.

:: AL Manager of the Year voting totals ::

Melvin, who was also named Manager of the Year in 2012 (Oakland) and '07 (Arizona), earned 18 of 30 first-place votes to best Alex Cora of the 108-win Red Sox by a wide margin. Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash, who, like Melvin, did more with less, came in third.

The Rays' surprise success was worthy of unrelenting praise, and Cora's work with the Red Sox in his first managerial stint was remarkable, but Melvin separated himself from the pack by steering his squad to 97 wins -- marking a 22-game improvement -- and a postseason berth, refusing to succumb to a stream of excuses.

The A's entered the season with baseball's lowest payroll and continuously overcame a heap of adversity under Melvin's guidance; there was the rash of rotation injuries that led to the use of a franchise-record 15 starters, a bullpen with multiple moving parts and a mostly inexperienced lineup. He worked wonders and got the most out of them all, each showing faith in his decision-making throughout.

"I think Bob's leadership was perfect for this team," A's general manager David Forst said. "With everything that we went through from a roster standpoint, with guys getting hurt and guys moving around, I think his leadership and just not looking back, not worrying about who we've lost and who wasn't here but focusing on the guys that were here and really just moving forward every single day. I can't say enough about how important his leadership was for this particular group and the team that won 97 games."

Video: Melvin discusses what makes him a successful manager

"This was a group effort this year, probably more so than I've ever been a part of," Melvin said. "To accomplish what we did takes a lot of buy-in, and we had a really cool bond this year, a trust, and it allowed us to accomplish what we did this year against all odds."

The A's were two games under .500 and 11 games out of a Wild Card spot at the conclusion of play on June 15, taking off thereafter to the tune of a 63-29 record to earn a place in the one-game playoff. Oakland fell to the Yankees, but the loss could hardly take away from an otherwise extraordinary campaign.

Video: MLB Tonight on Melvin winning AL Manager of the Year

Soon after, the A's awarded Melvin with a contract extension that will keep him in Oakland through at least 2021.

"I just think the personality of this team stood out, and I think Bob's track record of really getting the most out of guys, putting his players in position to succeed, hopefully that's what stood out," Forst said.

Video: Melvin discusses exciting future ahead for Athletics

Melvin and La Russa (1988, '92) are the only A's managers bestowed with Manager of the Year honors.

"I don't know that there's been a more difficult task than we gave him this year," Forst said. "Everything has been recounted about the starting rotation and all these guys coming in to contribute. That's what you ask the manager to do, to take the 25 guys you give him and somehow create a winner, and that's exactly what he did this season."

Said Melvin: "I think at the beginning we were a little bit taken aback by the fact we lost so many guys early on, but I think after that it was more kind of a badge of honor that someone goes down and we have to continue to have expectations to win and know that we have depth in our organization and it's next man up."

Tweet from @Athletics: Ain't no party like a BoMel party at A's HQ!#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/FTBNmqLBqI

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Mengden helps save puppies from storm drain

The offseason can be a bit of a drag -- especially the months between the final out of the World Series and the date pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. Some players go on fancy vacations. Some welcome new additions to their family (as both Mookie Betts and Justin Verlander have done in the past week alone).

Some, however, play part-time hero and help rescue scared puppies from storm drains. That's what A's right-hander Daniel Mengden got himself into on Monday in Houston. 

Bolt drives in run in Fall League action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday:

• Gameday: Salt River 4, Glendale 3 | Mesa 10, Surprise 6 | Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday:

• Gameday: Salt River 4, Glendale 3 | Mesa 10, Surprise 6 | Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio went 2-for-4 with a double, a single, an RBI and two strikeouts.

Orioles (Glendale)
Orioles No. 12 prospect Ryan McKenna went 1-for-3 with a single, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. Steve Wilkerson went 0-for-3 with a walk. Tyler Erwin allowed an unearned run on one hit in one inning of relief.

Rays (Peoria)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 10 prospect Josh Ockimey went 0-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts. Bobby Dalbec (No. 6) went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and two walks.

Yankees (Glendale)
Steven Sensley was the only Yankees prospect with a hit in a 1-for-3 afternoon. Yankees No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial went 0-for-3, but he walked, stole a base and scored a run. Thairo Estrada (No. 16) went 0-for-4. Matt Wivinis struck out the only batter he faced to get Glendale out of a jam in the eighth.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Catcher Li-Jen Chu went 1-for-4.

Royals (Surprise)
Meibrys Viloria went 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, a walk and two runs scored. Nick Heath was 1-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Tigers (Mesa)
Daniel Woodrow went 2-for-4 with two singles, two walks and a run scored. Jake Rogers went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored.

Twins (Salt River)
Twins No. 18 prospect Travis Blankenhorn raised his Fall League average to .224 with three hits while also walking and scoring a run. Jaylin Davis went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to four games.

White Sox (Glendale)
Tanner Banks rebounded from a shaky outing in his last start with five strong innings, allowing one run on six hits with one strikeout. White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert went 1-for-4 and stole both second and third base after his second-inning single. No. 9 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe and No. 28 prospect Laz Rivera were a combined 0-for-8.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Another look at Robert's 106.7 mph single and two stolen bases. The #WhiteSox OF prospect registered a 28.5 ft/sec sprint speed on the first, 29.5 on the second. Also reached 31.0 ft/sec on a groundout. pic.twitter.com/yKvxqMPlFU

AL West

A's (Mesa)
A's No. 30 prospect Skye Bolt went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Angels (Mesa)
Angels No. 4 prospect Jahmai Jones went 2-for-6 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored. Roberto Baldoquin went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

Mariners (Peoria)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

Rangers (Surprise)
Charles Leblanc went 1-for-4 with a single and a walk.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 12 prospect Brian Miller had two hits in his second consecutive game, including a two-run single in the eighth inning. The knock scored No. 2 prospect Monte Harrison, who entered as a pinch-runner and stole third. No. 27 prospect Bryson Brigman was 0-for-5. More »

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 15 prospect Tres Barrera had two hits for the first time since Oct. 25, while Jake Noll went 1-for-3 while playing both third base and left field. Jordan Mills earned his first win of the AFL season after he struck out two in a scoreless eighth.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

Cardinals (Surprise)
Tommy Edman went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Andy Young started at designated hitter and went 0-for-5 with an RBI. Evan Kruczynski started for the Saguaros and took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Cubs (Mesa)
Cubs No. 5 prospect Trent Giambrone went 1-for-5 with a single in the first inning. D.J. Wilson (No. 16) went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, a run scored and two stolen bases.

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) went 1-for-4 with a single, a walk and a run scored.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 9 prospect Drew Ellis hit his fourth double of the fall before he was lifted for a pinch-runner in the eighth. Daulton Varsho (No. 5) was intentionally walked as a pinch-hitter following the double and swiped second as part of a double steal. No. 4 prospect Pavin Smith went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, while catcher Dominic Miroglio (No. 30) went 0-for-3. Kevin Ginkel allowed a run, but picked up his first save of the fall, while Tyler Mark pitched an inning and allowed an unearned run.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Nolan Long struck out a pair in a scoreless sixth, while Dodgers No. 26 prospect Jordan Sheffield took his first loss of the fall after giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

Padres (Peoria)
Peoria at Scottsdale, 8:35 p.m. ET

Rockies (Salt River)
Rockies No. 10 prospect Ryan Castellani struck out seven, tying his most in AFL play, as he pitched five innings and held Glendale to one run on two hits. No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin hit a game-tying, pinch-hit RBI single, and Mitch Horacek struck out the side in the sixth.

GM Forst: A's will be patient in free agency

Oakland interested in retaining Lowrie, Lucroy, with starting-pitching needs
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Several members of the 2018 A's are roaming yet another slow-developing free-agent market, and it's unclear just how many of them eventually will find their way back to Oakland.

Most of the remaining parts of the club's broken-down, veteran-clad rotation at season's end are on the open market -- Edwin Jackson, Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson -- and it would prove sensible for the A's to retain at least one of them, should they hope to build on a commendable 97-win regular season.

Several members of the 2018 A's are roaming yet another slow-developing free-agent market, and it's unclear just how many of them eventually will find their way back to Oakland.

Most of the remaining parts of the club's broken-down, veteran-clad rotation at season's end are on the open market -- Edwin Jackson, Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson -- and it would prove sensible for the A's to retain at least one of them, should they hope to build on a commendable 97-win regular season.

Jackson seemingly offers the most upside, and, in turn, brings with him the most competition.

"It's a free market, so when they get out there and talk to 29 other teams, you just kind of have to wait and see how things fall," A's general manager David Forst said at this week's General Managers Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif.

Forst and Co. are in wait-and-see mode following the GM Meetings, which provide wheelers and dealers ample opportunity to lay the groundwork for future deals. Meetings abound, but that's usually it, so it was rather standard for Forst to depart without any new toys in his possession.

"There's a number of guys we've reached out to," Forst said. "Without getting into specific guys, bringing back some of our free agents is a priority. Those are conversations that are ongoing."

Video: David Forst on the A's offseason plans and more

Second baseman Jed Lowrie and catcher Jonathan Lucroy headline the list. The A's are expected to bring back one, but only one -- if they're lucky.

Lowrie has positioned himself well for a prime payday. Though he's entering his age-35 season, the veteran infielder will see a robust market in free agency following the best two-year stretch of his 11-year career. He hit .272/.356/.448 with 37 homers and 86 doubles in that span, compiling a WAR that ranks higher than everyone but Jose Ramirez and Jose Altuve at his position.

There are no guarantees as to how Lowrie will sustain such success, but there will be plenty of suitors regardless. Lowrie and the A's have made their mutual interest in another reunion publicly known, but the All-Star infielder is likely to draw serious interest from nearly a dozen other clubs.

Video: Jed Lowrie enters free agency after career year

Oakland must subsequently practice patience, even more so after learning of Lowrie's change in representation. The former client of Brodie Van Wagenen, who is transitioning from agent to Mets GM, has latched on with Casey Close and Excel Sports Management.

"Any time there's a change like that and you have to start the conversations over, it could affect it, but that remains to be seen," Forst said.

Close also represents Lucroy, offering a one-stop shopping experience for these A's, and it's Lucroy who is seen as the player more likely to be retained. Why? Simply put, cost and positional need.

Lucroy will demand fewer dollars than Lowrie, and he could probably be had on another short-term deal while A's catching prospect Sean Murphy acclimates to Triple-A Las Vegas. Lowrie, though, will assuredly seek multiple years, and there's little reason for the A's to enter a lengthy pact with a second baseman when they have prospect Franklin Barreto ready to take over the position.

Video: Lucroy on his value from calling games

Like Lowrie, Lucroy was a vital part of Oakland's 2018 success, pedestrian offensive numbers aside.

"Yeah, I think it's a little different situation," Forst said. "With Franklin as an option, we do feel like we could plug him in and let him play that spot. Behind the plate with Murphy, we probably think he's a little further away. That doesn't necessarily mean we're talking to more guys at one spot, but they're different situations.

"We need to have two [catchers] on Opening Day, so it's a little more urgent than the second-base situation."

Recent comments from Oakland's front-office brass suggest an increase in payroll, but that doesn't necessarily translate to a spending frenzy. It's all relative, so the bump will likely be minimal at best, leaving the A's left to prioritize the Lowries and Lucroys of the free-agent market, all the while saving some money to alleviate their biggest need: starting pitching.

It's safe to assume they won't be players for any of the top-tier options. Their focus will be narrowed to the next-best group, which includes J.A. Happ, Charlie Morton, Gio Gonzalez and Wade Miley.

"We're reaching out, but we never go out and set the market or necessarily play at the top of the market," Forst said. "We've got a little more payroll room this year than we did in the past, but I don't expect we're going to shock anyone with huge deals, but we need to sort of be judicious with what we spend."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Chapman wins Platinum Glove

Third basemen were high school teammates
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Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Matt Chapman of the A's have quickly developed reputations as the best defensive third basemen in the game, and on Friday, they were honored as Major League Baseball's premier defenders as the recipients of the 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards.

Established in 2011, the Platinum Glove Awards are given to the best defender in each league, as selected via a fan vote from among the Gold Glove Award winners at each position. Arenado earned his second consecutive Platinum Glove Award, while Chapman is a first-time winner, joining Adrian Beltre ('11, '12) and Manny Machado ('13) as American League third basemen to receive the honor.

Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Matt Chapman of the A's have quickly developed reputations as the best defensive third basemen in the game, and on Friday, they were honored as Major League Baseball's premier defenders as the recipients of the 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards.

Established in 2011, the Platinum Glove Awards are given to the best defender in each league, as selected via a fan vote from among the Gold Glove Award winners at each position. Arenado earned his second consecutive Platinum Glove Award, while Chapman is a first-time winner, joining Adrian Beltre ('11, '12) and Manny Machado ('13) as American League third basemen to receive the honor.

Complete awards coverage

The connection between Arenado and Chapman runs deeper than just the position they play. The two were high school teammates at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif., with Chapman the backup to Arenado, two years his elder. That makes them the first pair of former high school teammates to win Platinum Glove Awards in the same year. It's also the first time that two players at the same position have won in the same year.

Chapman's 29 defensive runs saved in 2018, according to FanGraphs, were the best among all defenders and led all third basemen by a wide margin, with the Braves' Johan Camargo and the Giants' Evan Longoria tying for a distant second with seven. Arenado clocked in at five defensive runs saved after leading all MLB third basemen in the stat for the past three years.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

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Who will be dealt? Each team's top trade chip

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Free agency will garner most of the headlines during baseball's Hot Stove season, but this is also a time for MLB's general managers to discuss a plethora of trade options.

Some clubs may be looking to shed salary, while others could be looking ahead at next year's free agents. One thing is certain: Teams are more willing to trade than ever before, meaning we'll see a number of moves in the weeks and months ahead.

Free agency will garner most of the headlines during baseball's Hot Stove season, but this is also a time for MLB's general managers to discuss a plethora of trade options.

Some clubs may be looking to shed salary, while others could be looking ahead at next year's free agents. One thing is certain: Teams are more willing to trade than ever before, meaning we'll see a number of moves in the weeks and months ahead.

The latest MLB free agent and trade rumors for Hot Stove season

Here's a look at one trade candidate from every team:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Baltimore Orioles: Andrew Cashner
With an $8 million salary in 2019 and a $10 million option for '20, Cashner is a reasonably priced starter who could provide some back-end value for many teams. The Orioles are firmly in rebuilding mode, and they would probably love to shed some of their higher-priced players.

Boston Red Sox: Christian Vazquez
Vazquez signed a team-friendly three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Red Sox that kicks in next season, but his disappointing year at the plate could prompt Boston to try moving him. Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart still remain, though the Sox could try bringing in a better bat behind the plate, as well.

New York Yankees: Miguel Andujar
Sonny Gray was too obvious for this one, as GM Brian Cashman said after the season that he was going to look to trade the disappointing right-hander. Andujar posted a terrific rookie season, but his value may never be higher, questions remain about his defense … and the Yankees might make a play for Manny Machado. If they do, Andujar could be flipped for a controllable pitcher.

Video: NYY@BOS: Andujar's 47th double ties AL rookie record

Tampa Bay Rays: C.J. Cron
Jake Bauers played more innings at first than Cron last season, while No. 2 prospect Brendan McKay is the first baseman of the future. Cron's 30-homer, .816-OPS season in 2018 should make him a valuable asset, and he'll be due a raise from his $2.3 million salary in his second year of arbitration.

Toronto Blue Jays: Brandon Drury
The Blue Jays have an abundance of infielders, and with baseball's top prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., zooming toward the Majors, it's only a matter of time before third base becomes his territory. Drury is a versatile, valuable player with three years of arbitration eligibility remaining, so he could bring back a nice return.

AL CENTRAL

Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu
Abreu has been a popular name on the trade-rumor mill for more than a year, and although the White Sox are close to finishing their rebuild, Abreu is arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason and can become a free agent after next season.

Cleveland Indians: Carlos Carrasco
Corey Kluber could have been the choice here given their ages -- Kluber is entering his age-33 season, while Carrasco will be playing at 32 -- and contract situations (Kluber is owed $13 million in 2019 and has club options for '20 and '21 worth $13.5 million and $14 million, respectively; Carrasco will earn $9 million next year and has a $9.5 million club option for '20). Kluber's track record is stronger, so although he may fetch a better return, the Indians would probably prefer to hang on to their ace and deal Carrasco.

Detroit Tigers: Nicholas Castellanos
The Tigers are in a full-on rebuild, and while they won't be able to move the sizeable contracts of Miguel Cabrera or Jordan Zimmermann, Castellanos is a huge chip for GM Al Avila. Fresh off a 23-homer, .854-OPS season, Castellanos has two years of club control left and should bring back some value.

Kansas City Royals: Danny Duffy
The Royals contemplated trading Duffy last summer, but the left-hander had a rough outing the week before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, then got knocked around twice in August before landing on the DL with a left shoulder injury. Trading him might be difficult because of the late-season injury and his salary (he has three years and $46 million left on his contract), but if the chance to deal him for value presents itself, the Royals could make a move.

Minnesota Twins: Jake Odorizzi
Odorizzi will get a raise from his $6.3 million salary in his final year of arbitration, and while he had a decent season for the Twins in 2018, Minnesota could flip him a year before he becomes a free agent.

AL WEST

Houston Astros: Hector Rondon
With Roberto Osuna, Ryan Pressly, Joe Smith, Collin McHugh and Josh James all returning, Rondon and his $4.5 million salary might prove to be an expendable piece for the Astros.

Los Angeles Angels: Kole Calhoun
Three of the Angels' top six prospects are outfielders, and given that Mike Trout and Justin Upton aren't going anywhere, Calhoun could be on the move if the Halos can get a pitcher in return. He's due $10.5 million in 2019 with a $14 million club option for '20.

Oakland Athletics: Mike Fiers
Fiers earned $6 million last season and has one more year of club control, but given the raises coming to Khris Davis and Oakland's 11 other arbitration-eligible players, Fiers -- who had his best season in three years -- could be moved to free up some payroll.

Seattle Mariners: James Paxton
Mike Zunino is already gone from Seattle, traded to Tampa Bay in a five-player deal that landed center fielder Mallex Smith with the Mariners. GM Jerry Dipoto is trying to reshape the roster this offseason, and with Mitch Haniger, Edwin Diaz and Marco Gonzales reportedly not on the block, no player would bring back a bigger return than Paxton, the hard-throwing lefty who, despite a lengthy injury history, is considered by many to be one of the top southpaws in the league.

Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo
Shin-Soo Choo had a terrific year, but with $42 million due to him over the next two years, his contract will be tough to move. Gallo isn't arbitration-eligible until 2020, and with four years of club control and a powerful bat, he would be valued by many teams and might be moved for a starting pitcher. Texas has Ronald Guzman ready to take over full-time at first base should Gallo be moved.

Video: TEX@LAA: Gallo crushes 40th homer of season to center

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Atlanta Braves: Johan Camargo
Austin Riley, the Braves' No. 5 prospect (and No. 43 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100), posted an .882 OPS at three Minor League levels last year, moving closer to the Majors. Camargo had a very solid season in 2018 (.806 OPS, 19 homers), but Riley remains the future at the hot corner. Atlanta might be able to move Camargo for an arm.

Miami Marlins: J.T. Realmuto
A year after trading away Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Gordon, the Marlins could decide to move their All-Star catcher for a haul of prospects -- and there would be no shortage of teams lining up to make a deal.

• Marlins' three main options for Realmuto

Video: Bowman: Braves could pursue Realmuto trade

New York Mets: Zack Wheeler
Many believed Wheeler would be traded last summer, but the Mets held on to him. He delivered a strong season (3.31 ERA in 182 1/3 innings) that boosted his value, and with one year remaining until Wheeler becomes a free agent, new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen could bring back a nice return for the right-hander if he decides to move him.

Philadelphia Phillies: Maikel Franco
Franco had a bounce-back season in 2018, his .780 OPS representing a 90-point boost from the previous year. But his streaky nature -- Franco struggled badly for most of May and August -- and inconsistent defense might prompt the Phillies to try moving him elsewhere.

Washington Nationals: Michael A. Taylor
With Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Adam Eaton in the outfield -- not to mention the potential return of Bryce Harper -- Taylor would appear to be the odd man out. He should draw interest from several teams and bring something of value back to the Nationals.

NL CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs: Ian Happ
The 24-year-old infielder/outfielder was unable to build on his impressive rookie campaign as virtually every one of his offensive statistics regressed from 2017. Happ's versatility, talent and age make him an ideal target for any team -- small- or large-market -- and given the Cubs' glut of young position players, dealing from that strength to acquire pitching would make sense.

Cincinnati Reds: Billy Hamilton
Hamilton has been on the trade block before and will likely be there again this offseason. The Reds need pitching, which could lead to them moving Hamilton or fellow outfielder Scott Schebler.

Milwaukee Brewers: Corey Ray
Brewers GM David Stearns isn't big on trading his top prospects, but with Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun locked into the outfield, Milwaukee could dangle its No. 2 prospect in an effort to acquire some pitching. Ray hit 27 home runs, stole 37 bases and posted an .801 OPS at Double-A last season.

Video: Ray, Brown named Brewers' Minor League POY

Pittsburgh Pirates: Francisco Cervelli
The Pirates posted a winning record in 2018 despite trading away Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, so the idea of dealing their starting catcher isn't unrealistic. Cervelli's $11.5 million salary is the highest on the team, and he's slated to become a free agent after next season. Elias Diaz could take over behind the plate.

St. Louis Cardinals: Jose Martinez
Martinez's bat has never been a question, evidenced by his career .309 average and .850 OPS. His defense, however, has proven to be less than ideal, making him a prime candidate to be traded to an AL club where he could become a full-time DH.

NL WEST

Arizona D-backs: Paul Goldschmidt
Goldschmidt has one year of club control remaining before becoming a free agent at the end of the 2019 season. If the D-backs decide they won't be able to re-sign him to a new deal, they could opt to move the franchise first baseman rather than letting him walk for Draft picks. This might not be a likely scenario given Arizona's desire to contend, but it can't be completely ruled out, either.

Video: D-backs pick up Goldschmidt's 2019 option

Colorado Rockies: Raimel Tapia
Tapia didn't find much of a role with the Rockies in 2018, playing in only 25 games during stints in July and September. He posted an .847 OPS with 11 homers and 21 stolen bases in 105 games at Triple-A, so a team in need of speed might have interest in Tapia, who is out of Minor League options.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Matt Kemp
Kemp had a solid regular season, hitting 21 home runs with an .818 OPS in 146 games, but he disappeared in the postseason, hitting one home run with three RBIs with a .548 OPS in 13 games. Kemp is owed $21.5 million in the final year of his eight-year contract, and the Dodgers would surely love to save at least part of that salary.

San Diego Padres: Craig Stammen
Stammen has performed well during his two years with San Diego, posting a 2.73 ERA in 2018 with 10 strikeouts per nine innings and a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. A contender would likely give the Padres something of value for Stammen, who is due $2.25 million and will be a free agent after 2019, his age-35 season.

San Francisco Giants: Joe Panik
Panik had a very disappointing 2018, but with two years of club control remaining, a change of scenery could be just the thing to spark his game. The Giants don't have an internal candidate to replace Panik at second base, though the position is as deep as any in this year's market, so finding a new second baseman shouldn't be very difficult.

Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001.

Petit wears kimono for All-Star tour in Japan

Players currently trekking through Japan as part of the All-Star tour were eager to take in the sights, sounds, food and culture of this vibrant, bustling country.

That also included exposure to some bold wardrobe choices they'd probably not normally make.

Chapman named MLB's best glove by Wilson

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Major League Baseball's best defenders were honored on Wednesday with the unveiling of this year's Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners during a telecast on MLB Network.

Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year, and the D-backs earned Defensive Team of the Year status for the second time in four years.

Major League Baseball's best defenders were honored on Wednesday with the unveiling of this year's Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners during a telecast on MLB Network.

Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year, and the D-backs earned Defensive Team of the Year status for the second time in four years.

Video: Chapman wins Wilson Defensive Player of the Year

The Angels' Andrelton Simmons led the pack with his fifth award, the most at any position since the award was established in 2012, and Colorado's DJ LeMahieu and Kansas City's Alex Gordon each won for a third time. The list also included three first-time winners: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Chapman.

Video: D-backs win Wilson Defensive Team of the Year

The awards, given to the top defensive player at each position across both the National League and the American League, are determined using a formula that accounts for traditional defensive stats and advanced metrics as well as data from the scouting service Inside Edge.

Below is a look at the winner at each position:

Video: Greinke named Wilson Defensive POY at pitcher

Pitcher: Zack Greinke, D-backs (second Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award)
Greinke has been among the game's most reliable pitchers for more than a decade, and he's consistently one of the best at fielding his position, with five consecutive Gold Glove Awards and two Defensive Player of the Year honors. Greinke leads all pitchers in Defensive Runs Saved since 2014, per Fangraphs, with 32, 10 more than second-place Julio Teheran.

Video: Mike Zunino named Wilson Defensive POY at catcher

Catcher: Mike Zunino, Mariners (first)
Zunino lost out to Salvador Perez for the AL Gold Glove Award, but his defensive prowess didn't go unrewarded, as he earned the Defensive Player of the Year distinction at catcher. The 27-year-old backstop slugged 20 home runs this season and added even more value for the Mariners with his glove and presence behind the plate.

Video: Freeman is Wilson Defensive POY at first base

First base: Freddie Freeman, Braves (first)
In his ninth year in the big leagues, Freeman had arguably his best defensive season, earning his first Defensive Player of the Year honor as well as his first Gold Glove Award. Freeman ranked second in the NL with 12 Defensive Runs Saved at first base.

Video: LeMahieu is Wilson Defensive POY at second base

Second base: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies (third)
Despite missing time with three trips to the disabled list, LeMahieu had a career-best 18 Defensive Runs Saved this season and earned his third defensive honor. LeMahieu, now a free agent, also led all NL players in SABR's Defensive Index at 19.5.

Video: Chapman is Wilson Defensive POY at third base

Third base: Matt Chapman, A's (first)
After a strong rookie campaign, Chapman earned a reputation as one of the game's top defenders in 2018. He not only won his first award at third base, but also was recognized as the overall winner across all positions. Chapman ranked first in the Majors with 29 Defensive Runs Saved and routinely provided highlight reel plays in the A's infield. His Ultimate Zone Rating (10.9), total chances (484) and assists (331) led all MLB third basemen.

Video: Simmons is Wilson Defensive POY at shortstop

Shortstop: Andrelton Simmons, Angels (fifth)
No player has won more Defensive Player of the Year Awards than Simmons, who continued his defensive excellence in his third year in Anaheim and picked up his fifth award in six seasons. Simmons had 21 Defensive Runs Saved, seven more than the second-place shortstop, Francisco Lindor.

Video: Alex Gordon is Wilson Defensive POY in left field

Left field: Alex Gordon, Royals (third)
Gordon took home his sixth Gold Glove Award and third Defensive Player of the Year honor this season after leading all left fielders with 18 Defensive Runs Saved. He had nine outfield assists, his most since 2013 (17), and his 91 career assists is tied with Colorado's Gerardo Parra for the most in baseball since '10.

Video: Kiermaier is Wilson Defensive POY in center field

Center field: Kevin Kiermaier, Rays (second)
Kiermaier routinely delivers highlights while patrolling the Rays' outfield, and now he's got some additional hardware to show for it with his second Defensive Player of the Year Award. Kiermaier tied for first in the Majors with a 93 percent catch percentage, three percent above his expected catch rate, per Statcast™.

Video: Betts wins Wilson Defensive POY in right field

Right field: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (second)
An AL Most Valuable Player finalist, Betts had a stellar 2018 campaign both at the plate and in right field. He had 20 Defensive Runs Saved and produced 11 Outs Above Average.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

Barrera triples, scores in AFL action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Tuesday:

Gameday: Glendale 2, Surprise 9 | Mesa 3, Peoria 14 | Salt River 2, Scottsdale 4

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Tuesday:

Gameday: Glendale 2, Surprise 9 | Mesa 3, Peoria 14 | Salt River 2, Scottsdale 4

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays No. 4 prospect Nate Pearson earned his second win of the fall after tossing five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and walking two. No. 22 prospect Santiago Espinal was 2-for-4 with a run, while Cavan Biggio (No. 9) was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. Zach Jackson allowed two hits in a scoreless inning of relief.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Big Nate looking 💪 in the @MLBazFallLeague again. After firing 4 perfect frames in his last start, #BlueJays No. 4 prospect Nate Pearson has tossed 4 scoreless today.Gameday: https://t.co/2BlKTkrPJp pic.twitter.com/70ABROZCsP

Orioles (Glendale)
Steve Wilkerson was 2-for-4 for his third multihit game in his last four contests, while Jay Flaa had a strikeout and allowed a hit in a scoreless inning of relief. Catcher Martin Cervenka was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rays (Peoria)
Both Rays prospects in action had huge days at the plate, with No. 7 prospect Ronaldo Hernandez going 3-for-4 with his first triple of the fall, an RBI single and three runs scored. No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox also went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, hitting a double and an RBI single to go with a walk. More »

Video: Lucius Fox on strong game, confidence in Fall League

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 7 prospect Darwinzon Hernandez allowed a trio of inherited runners to score but struck out the side to escape the fourth inning. Other Boston prospects didn't fare as well. Josh Taylor was tagged for four runs on five hits in an inning of relief, while No. 10 prospect Josh Ockimey and Esteban Quiroz were a combined 0-for-7.

Yankees (Glendale)
Hobie Harris struck out two in a scoreless inning, while Kyle Zurak yielded an unearned run while allowing a walk and a hit in 1 2/3 frames.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Indians No. 6 prospect Yu Chang singled, walked and scored, and outfielder Connor Marabell was 1-for-5. While Dalbert Siri pitched a shutout inning out of the bullpen, starter Justin Garza didn't fare so well in a wild outing, allowing four hits and walking four as he was charged with four runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Royals (Surprise)
Nick Heath extended his hitting streak to four games with a 2-for-4 showing in which he doubled and scored a pair of runs. Arnaldo Hernandez allowed two hits and a walk but threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Tigers (Mesa)
Tigers No. 8 prospect Daz Cameron had multiple hits for the fifth time in his last seven games with a 2-for-5 performance that brought his fall average to .324. Daniel Pinero was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, while Daniel Woodrow was 1-for-4 with an RBI single.

Twins (Salt River)
Twins No. 18 prospect Travis Blankenhorn struck out three times but singled for his first hit in four games. Adam Bray pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief but allowed two runs on two hits.

White Sox (Glendale)
Laz Rivera, the No. 28 prospect in the White Sox system, hit an RBI single, while No. 9 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe was 1-for-4 with a walk and Luis Robert (No. 4) was 1-for-5. Danny Dopico had a forgettable relief outing, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk in one inning.

AL West

A's (Mesa)
Luis Barrera tripled for the first time this fall and scored a run, and Jake Bray allowed three runs (two earned) in an inning of relief.

Angels (Mesa)
Ryan Clark and Daniel Procopio each struck out a batter in a perfect inning of relief.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Abraham Toro, Houston's No. 21 prospect, hit his first triple of the fall and walked twice in a 2-for-3 afternoon that raised his OPS to 1.017. Center fielder Ronnie Dawson was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White struck out in the first inning before he was replaced by Weston Wilson in the second inning. No. 20 prospect Ian Miller had an RBI single to go with a run-scoring groundout and a bases-loaded walk, and Chris Mariscal was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run.

Rangers (Surprise)
Charles Leblanc was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
The Braves had a busy and productive day, with six of their prospects in action. Braxton Davidson hit a three-run homer, his league-leading sixth of the fall, as he went 1-for-4 with a walk. No. 6 prospect Cristian Pache was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI single, and No. 23 prospect Izzy Wilson also tacked on an RBI single. Jeremy Walker allowed an unearned run in a four-inning start to notch his first win of the fall, and Adam McCreery closed out the victory with a scoreless ninth. No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller yielded two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 2 prospect Monte Harrison was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, while Kyle Keller took the loss in relief after being charged with two runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Starting pitcher Tyler Viza pitched five scoreless frames and struck out nine, tying for the most strikeouts in an AFL start this season. Austin Listi hit a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh, while Darick Hall was 1-for-4 and Jonathan Hennigan earned his first AFL win with one-third of an inning of relief. More »

Video: Tyler Viza on his performance against Salt River

Nationals (Salt River)
Ben Braymer and Taylor Guilbeau each allowed a hit and a walk in scoreless relief appearances, while Jake Noll walked and hit his second double of the fall to raise his average to .261.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso reached base three times, walking twice and hitting a game-tying two-run double in the seventh. Catcher Ali Sanchez (No. 25) was 1-for-3 with a walk.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Keston Hiura, the Brewers' top prospect, brought his fall RBI total to 32 with a two-run double. In the last 10 seasons of AFL play, only two players -- Mike Olt and Nolan Arenado -- have had more RBIs. Weston Wilson replaced Evan White at first base in the second inning and was 1-for-4 with two runs.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: After this 2-run double, #Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura is up to 32 RBIs in the @MLBazFallLeague. Only two players have had more in the past 10 AFL seasons: Mike Olt (43) and Nolan Arenado (33) in 2011.Gameday: https://t.co/BmnW6NcA6K pic.twitter.com/V3K42WbhIn

Cardinals (Surprise)
Lane Thomas was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and two runs, while Tommy Edman went 0-for-5.

Cubs (Mesa)
Cubs No. 6 prospect Nico Hoerner and Trent Giambrone (No. 29) were a combined 1-for-8 at the plate. Jhonny Pereda, who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, had the best day of any Cubs prospect. Erick Leal had been lights out in the AFL, but hit a rough patch and was charged with seven runs (six earned) over three innings.

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates No. 8 prospect Bryan Reynolds drove in a pair of runs and finished 2-for-4. Will Craig (No. 16) stole the show and put together one of his best games of the AFL. Craig, who finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, hit his fifth homer of the Fall, which has him tied for the second-most in the league. More »

Video: Craig on strong day at the plate, learning first base

Reds (Scottsdale)
All three of Cincinnati's top prospects that played on Tuesday had success at the plate, as No. 2 prospect Taylor Trammell singled and scored a run, No. 8 prospect Shed Long hit an RBI double to drive in his fourth run in as many games, and No. 23 prospect Alfredo Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Wyatt Strahan and Alex Powers each pitched scoreless innings.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 3 prospect Jazz Chisholm continued his torrid fall with a two-run triple as part of a 2-for-4 game with a walk. He raised his AFL average to .425 and has hit safely in all nine games he's played. Catcher Daulton Varsho (No. 5) was 1-for-4 and caught a scoreless start by No. 1 prospect Jon Duplantier, who struck out five in four innings, scattering four hits and three walks. Catcher Renae Martinez was 0-for-3 with a walk for Surprise.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Cody Thomas and Jared Walker combined to go 3-for-6 at the plate. Walker went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Thomas scored a run as part of his 1-for-3 afternoon. On the mound, Andre Scrubb gave up one run on two hits in one inning.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Sam Wolff earned his third save of the fall with two strikeouts and two walks in a scoreless ninth inning. No. 19 prospect Melvin Adon didn't fare as well, as he was charged with two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Padres (Peoria)
A pair of Padres' relievers combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in Peoria's win over Mesa. Blake Rogers struck out two over 1 1/3 innings, while Dauris Valdez picked up a strikeout in his inning on the mound.

Rockies (Salt River)
All three Rockies prospects in action on Tuesday -- No. 9 prospect Sam Hilliard, No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin and Josh Fuentes -- singled and walked.

A's welcome fresh faces to Minor League staff

Former players Crosby, Kouzmanoff, Smith come aboard
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The A's rolled out their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season on Thursday. The coaching staffs will feature several familiar names, including former players Bobby Crosby, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Chris Smith.

Leading the charge yet again is director of player development Keith Lieppman, who returns for his 49th season in the organization. Ed Sprague will serve as his right-hand man, after being promoted from coordinator of instruction to assistant director of player development and coordinator of on-field analytics.

The A's rolled out their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season on Thursday. The coaching staffs will feature several familiar names, including former players Bobby Crosby, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Chris Smith.

Leading the charge yet again is director of player development Keith Lieppman, who returns for his 49th season in the organization. Ed Sprague will serve as his right-hand man, after being promoted from coordinator of instruction to assistant director of player development and coordinator of on-field analytics.

Gil Patterson (Minor League pitching coordinator), Jim Eppard (Minor League hitting coordinator), Juan Navarrete (Minor League defensive coordinator) and Craig Lefferts (Minor League pitching rehab coordinator) are set to resume their respective roles, while Steve Scarsone transitions from traveling instructor to Minor League roving infield and baserunning instructor.

Crosby, the 2004 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner, will latch on as a fourth coach with Double-A Midland. The RockHounds will be managed by Scott Steinmann a second straight year; his staff also includes pitching coach Steve Connelly and hitting coach Tommy Everidge.

The A's Triple-A club will enjoy a change of scenery after shifting from Nashville to Las Vegas. Fran Riordan will be at the helm for his second season as manager, with each of his coaches -- pitching coach Rick Rodriguez and hitting coach Eric Martins -- also retained. Craig Conklin will serve as the fourth coach in the newly created role.

Class A Advanced Stockton has a new pitching coach in Smith, who enjoyed his lone career victory with the A's and finished his career with them in 2017. Webster Garrison will manage the Ports, after serving in the same capacity for Class A Beloit last year. Hitting coach Brian McArn and additional coach Javier Godard round out the staff.

Garrison will be replaced by Lloyd Turner at Beloit, marking Turner's first managerial stint. He'll be joined by pitching coach Don Schulze, hitting coach Juan Dilone and newbie coach Anthony Phillips.

Kouzmanoff, who played two of his seven big league seasons with the A's, will begin his professional coaching career as the hitting coach for Class A Short-Season Vermont. Lake Monsters manager Aaron Nieckula, who was also promoted to Minor League field coordinator for the 2019 season, will also have pitching coach Carlos Chavez and coach Rick Magnante -- who will double as player development supervisor -- on his staff.

The A's will have two Rookie-level Arizona League teams for the first time in 2019, under the guidance of managers Eddie Menchaca and Hiram Bocachica. Manchaca was also promoted to supervisor of Latin America player development.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Here's how A's fared in Monday's AFL action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• Gameday: Surprise 4, Scottsdale 5 | Mesa 2, Glendale 4 | Salt River 4, Peoria 5

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• Gameday: Surprise 4, Scottsdale 5 | Mesa 2, Glendale 4 | Salt River 4, Peoria 5

 

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays No. 1 prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is hitting .351 after going 1-for-3 with a two-run single. Cavan Biggio (No. 9) went 0-for-3, but made a nice diving catch in right field. Jackson McClelland had a rough afternoon as he gave up three runs (two earned) and issued a pair of walks in one inning.

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Orioles (Glendale)
Chris Lee notched five strikeouts across 3 1/3 innings for the Desert Dogs. Lee, who has a 3.05 ERA in the AFL, walked one and gave up two runs on four hits. Steve Wilkerson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, while Ryan McKenna (Orioles' No. 12 prospect) went 0-for-2 with a walk. Tanner Chleborad cruised through 1 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out four and surrendering just one hit.

Rays (Peoria)
Rays No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored out of the leadoff spot.

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 6 prospect Bobby Dalbec and Josh Ockimey (No. 10) went a combined 1-for-7 while hitting fourth and fifth in Mesa's lineup.

Yankees (Glendale)
Yankees No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial and Thairo Estrada (No. 16) each collected a hit for the Desert Dogs. Florial went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and Estrada finished 1-for-5. On the mound, Matt Wivinis threw one-third of an inning and picked up the save.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Rob Kaminsky improved to 3-0 and lowered his AFL ERA to 1.86 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Connor Marabell boosted his average to .303 as he went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, while Li-Jen Chu drove Marabell home with an RBI double in in the fourth. Chu finished 1-for-4.

Royals (Surprise)
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Meibrys Viloria and Nick Heath each went 1-for-4, with Viloria picking up an RBI in the process. Scott Blewett (No. 26) gave up two runs and struck out six over five innings of four-hit ball. Grant Gavin issued a pair of walks and gave up a hit but escaped the game with a scoreless inning.

Tigers (Mesa)
Daz Cameron (Tigers No. 8 prospect) went 0-for-4. Sandy Baez (No. 26) only faced two batters, but struck out one and retired both. John Schreiber also fanned one and threw a clean inning.

Twins (Salt River)
Jaylin Davis went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. It was a challenging day for Twins relievers, starting with Devin Smeltzer, who allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk in one-third of an inning. Hector Lujan gave up two unearned runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss.

White Sox (Glendale)
White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert saw his average dip to .338 after going 0-for-4. Zach Thompson walked one and gave up a hit but kept the opponents off the board in 1 2/3 innings on the mound.

AL West

A's (Mesa)
Skye Bolt, the Athletics' No. 30 prospect, went 1-for-3 with a single. Calvin Coker retired both batters he faced, while Sam Sheehan didn't fare quite as well. Sheehan spun an inning but was charged with two runs on two hits.

Angels (Mesa)
Angels No. 4 prospect Jahmai Jones hit his sixth Fall League double as part of a 2-for-5 effort. David MacKinnon also picked up a hit and finished 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Ronnie Dawson hit his first homer of the Fall League, a solo shot that highlighted his 1-for-4 afternoon.

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. It was his sixth double of the Fall League season. Joe DeCarlo started at catcher and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Wyatt Mills (No. 9) pitched two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief, giving up two hits. David McKay notched the win in relief, allowing one unearned run on one hit in one inning with one strikeout.

Rangers (Surprise)
Joe Barlow struck out one, but gave up hits, including a walk-off double, to the other two batters he faced. Joe Kuzia also pitched in relief and spun a scoreless inning.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)<
Braves No. 6 prospect Cristian Pache went 1-for-5 with a single, a run scored and four strikeouts. Ray-Patrick Didder went 0-for-4. Thomas Burrows (No. 19) pitched one inning of relief, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 17 prospect Jordan Yamamoto continued his impressive Fall League campaign with five scoreless innings. Yamamoto allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six. The right-hander lowered his AFL ERA to 2.08. Bryson Brigman (No. 27) went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored. Brian Miller (No. 12) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Chad Smith pitched a hitless inning of relief, walking one and striking out two. More >>

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Darick Hall entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth and came up clutch with an RBI single. Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa went 1-for-3. Luke Williams went 0-for-3. Seth McGarry gave up two runs on two hits in two innings out of the bullpen before handing off to Luke Leftwich, who yielded one hit, but threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom had a nice day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four singles, an RBI and a run scored. Tres Barrera (No. 15) went 1-for-5 with an RBI double. Daniel Johnson (No. 7) went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Tweet from @JakeDRill: #Nationals Tres Barrera gives Salt River a 2-0 lead with an RBI double in the fourth. @MLBPipeline pic.twitter.com/iaRM8e7TOT

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 1 prospect Andres Gimenez was just 1-for-5 at the plate, but that lone hit was a big one, as he came through with a walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the ninth. Peter Alonso (No. 2) also picked up an RBI and finished 1-for-4. Desmond Lindsay (No. 11) drew a pair of walks, but was otherwise 0-for-2. 

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: The #Mets' No. 1 prospect (#MLB No. 55) has struggled in the @MLBazFallLeague (.133 AVG), but he comes through in the clutch here. Gameday: https://t.co/B9BLeBr4It https://t.co/xm7m1pP2L7

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Weston Wilson went 2-for-5 with a run scored, including a 10th-inning single that led to the winning run scoring on an error on the same play. Trent Grisham (Brewers No. 19) went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple, a walk and a run scored. Grisham's three-bagger tied the game in the ninth. Daniel Brown tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Cardinals (Surprise)
Andy Young is hitting .328 after his 2-for-3 afternoon, which included an RBI double.

Cubs (Mesa)
Cubs No. 6 prospect Nico Hoerner tripled, his fourth of the AFL, and finished 1-for-4. DJ Wilson (No. 16) went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, while P.J. Higgins picked up an RBI and went 1-for-3. Justin Steele (No. 8) gave up five hits over four innings, but limited the damage to just two runs (one earned). Steele walked two, struck out three and has a 5.79 ERA in the AFL. Manuel Rondon threw a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.

Pirates (Surprise)
Cole Tucker, the Pirates' No. 5 prospect, went 0-for-4, but is still hitting .351. Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) finished 1-for-4. Will Craig (No. 16) went 1-for-3, while also drawing a walk and scoring a run.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds No. 2 prospect Taylor Trammell boosted his AFL average to .280 as he collected a pair of hits and finished 2-for-4. Shed Long (No. 8) entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and struck out in his lone at-bat. Ty Boyles picked up the win for the Scorpions after throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
It was a fairly quiet day at the plate for D-backs prospects as Pavin Smith (Arizona's No. 4 prospect), Daulton Varsho (No. 5) and Drew Ellis (No. 9) combined to go 2-for-13. Smith and Ellis each had a single, while Ellis also drew a walk.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Dodgers No. 20 prospect Errol Robinson went 1-for-4. Jared Walker hasn't hit particularly well in Arizona, but came through with a double and two RBIs for the Desert Dogs. Jordan Sheffield (No. 26) issued two walks but didn't give up a run in his two-thirds of an inning. More >>

Giants (Scottsdale)
Giants No. 28 prospect CJ Hinojosa went 0-for-3 and is hitting just .150 in the Fall League. Matt Winn also had a tough day at the plate and finished 0-for-2. Garrett Williams (No. 20) struggled with his command -- issuing four walks -- but did rack up six strikeouts in four innings. The lefty, who has a 1.88 ERA in the AFL, gave up two runs on four hits.

Padres (Peoria)
Padres No. 23 prospect Hudson Potts went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles. Buddy Reed (No. 13) went 0-for-4 with a walk. Miguel Diaz got the start for the Javelinas and pitched three scoreless innings with one hit allowed, one walk and three strikeouts. Travis Radke was the first reliever out of Peoria's bullpen, and he allowed two earned runs on four hits in three innings, striking out one.

Rockies (Salt River) 
Jesus Tinoco (Rockies No. 20 prospect) continued his strong Fall League season, lowering his ERA to 1.72 with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief. Tinoco walked one and struck out two. Justin Lawrence (No. 17) also pitched in relief, giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Here's what A's did in the AFL on Saturday

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday:

• Gameday: Scottsdale 5, Glendale 3 | Peoria 7, Surprise 4 | Mesa 7, Salt River 2

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday:

• Gameday: Scottsdale 5, Glendale 3 | Peoria 7, Surprise 4 | Mesa 7, Salt River 2

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays No. 22 prospect Santiago Espinal went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 1 overall) was out of the lineup and had the day off. Shawn Morimando got the start for the Saguaros and took the loss, falling to 0-2 in the Fall League. Morimando allowed two earned runs in four innings, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out three.

Orioles (Glendale)
Jay Flaa and Tyler Erwin each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Flaa allowed two hits, while Erwin worked a 1-2-3 inning and notched a strikeout. Martin Cervenka started at catcher and went 0-for-3.

Rays (Peoria)
Matt Krook got the start for the Javelinas and allowed one earned run in two innings. The left-hander gave up two hits, walked three and struck out four. Right-hander Brandon Lawson followed Krook and pitched three innings of scoreless relief, notching the win and improving to 2-1 in the AFL. Lawson allowed one hit and struck out two. Phoenix Sanders pitched two innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out three.

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 9 prospect Mike Shawaryn walked one and threw 13 of his 22 pitches for strikes across two scoreless frames to open the game. Josh Ockimey (No. 10), meanwhile, provided the offense as he went 1-for-3 with a two-run double. Esteban Quiroz was 0-for-1 at the plate, but drew a trio of walks. More >>

Video: Ockimey talks about his performance in Fall League

Yankees (Glendale)
Kyle Zurak pitched a perfect inning of relief, posting his second straight scoreless outing to lower his Fall League ERA to 14.09. Steven Sensley went 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Indians No. 6 prospect Yu Chang hit his fourth home run of the Fall League season, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Chang raised his AFL average to .346. Connor Marabell went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Jared Robinson pitched a perfect inning of relief, striking out one.

Tweet from @wboor: #Indians Yu Chang is hitting .351 in the @MLBazFallLeague after this opposite-field blast. Chang has four homers in the AFL. pic.twitter.com/AEPBKnqnWB

Royals (Surprise)
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.

Tigers (Mesa)
Daniel Woodrow boosted his AFL average to .370 with a 3-for-4 performance, while Daniel Pinero went 1-for-4 at the plate.

Video: MSS@SRR: Woodrow hustles to earn infield RBi single

Twins (Salt River)
Twins No. 16 prospect Travis Blankenhorn went 0-for-3, but also made a nice diving catch out in left field.

Video: MSS@SRR: Blankenhorn lays out for fantastic grab

White Sox (Glendale)
It was a quiet day for White Sox prospects as Luis Robert (Chicago's No. 4), Luis Alexander Basabe (No. 9) and Laz Rivera (No. 28) combined to go 0-for-11 with each striking out once. Rivera, who started at shortstop, also committed his second error of the AFL season.

AL West

A's (Mesa)
Skye Bolt, the Athletics' No. 30 prospect, and Luis Barrera each contributed to Mesa's win. Bolt went 1-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored, while Barrera went 2-for-5 and also drove in a run. Jake Bray walked a pair, but worked his way out of the jam and didn't give up a run in his lone inning on the mound. Angel Duno also threw a scoreless frame for Mesa, yielding just one hit.

Video: MSS@SRR: Bolt laces an RBI double to center field

Angels (Mesa)
Daniel Procopio, Brett Hanewich and Ryan Clark threw the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, yielding a total of two runs (one earned). Hanewich gave up one run on one hit, while Procopio walked two and was charged with an unearned run.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Astros No. 21 prospect Abraham Toro hit his second homer of the Fall League season while going 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot. Toro drove in two runs and scored a pair. Ronnie Dawson batted cleanup and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. More »

Video: Toro discusses his homer, 2-hit game in Fall League

Mariners (Peoria)
Chris Mariscal went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and a strikeout, while Mariners No. 20 prospect Ian Miller went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored. Matt Walker gave up two earned runs in an inning of relief, allowing three hits, including a home run, and striking out one.

Rangers (Surprise)
Yanio Perez and Charles Leblanc combined to go 0-for-8 with three strikeouts, but Perez reached once via walk. Demarcus Evans pitched a hitless inning of relief, walking two and striking out one.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
Izzy Wilson belted his second home run of the Fall League season, going 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a walk. Braxton Davidson raised his AFL average to .255 with a 2-for-4 performance, as he doubled, walked and drove in two runs. Ray-Patrick Didder went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.

Tweet from @JakeDRill: Second RBI hit of the day for #Braves prospect Braxton Davidson. This one's a single through the right side that extended Peoria's lead to 6-1 in the 7th. @MLBPipeline pic.twitter.com/RktzddYTSZ

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 12 prospect Brian Miller went 0-for-4 at the plate, while Bryson Brigman (No. 27) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Video: MSS@SRR: Brigman reaches for fine grab in 2nd

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Darick Hall led Phillies prospects with a pair of hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Austin Listi went 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Luke Williams also went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom went 1-for-5 and is hitting .284 in the AFL. Tres Barrera (No. 15) went 0-for-4. Jordan Mills and Taylor Guilbeau combined to throw three scoreless innings. Mills threw two innings and struck out three.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, lowering his AFL average to .221. Matt Blackham pitched two innings of relief, allowing one earned run on one hit with three strikeouts.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Brewers No. 1 prospect Keston Hiura (No. 30 overall) continued his impressive Fall League campaign by going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. Weston Wilson went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, an RBI and two runs scored, while Trent Grisham (Milwaukee's No. 19) went 0-for-5 from the bottom of the order. Jon Olczak pitched an inning of relief, allowing one earned run on one hit and one walk.

Tweet from @JakeDRill: Another impressive hit by #Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura. A leadoff double in the 7th. Exit velocity was 114.8 mph accoring to Trackman. @MLBPipeline pic.twitter.com/W0OQqVSJvA

Cardinals (Surprise)
Andy Young went 1-for-4 with a single from the bottom of the Saguaros' lineup. Cardinals No. 30 prospect Connor Jones pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and striking out two. Will Latcham tossed a scoreless frame in relief, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Cubs (Mesa)
Cubs No. 6 prospect Nico Hoerner and Trent Giambrone (No. 29) jump-started the Mesa offense as Hoerner tripled in the first and scored on Giambrone's RBI groundout. Hoerner finished 1-for-5, but Giambrone collected a trio of hits in the later innings and concluded his evening 3-for-5. Bailey Clark also threw well in relief as he put up a pair of zeros. Clark did give up four hits and issue a walk, but managed to keep runs off the board, reducing his AFL ERA to 2.45. P.J. Higgins went 0-for-4.

Video: MSS@SRR: Hoerner triples, scores on groundout

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker stayed hot, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Will Craig (No. 16) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) went 0-for-4 with a walk. Blake Weiman and Geoff Hartlieb both had rough relief appearances. Weiman allowed two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and walking two. Hartlieb gave up three earned runs in an inning, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out two.

Tweet from @JakeDRill: #Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker has raked in the Fall League. Here's his leadoff double from earlier today: pic.twitter.com/XQhF6gThVa

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds No. 2 prospect Taylor Trammell went 1-for-4 with a single. Austin Orewiler got the start for the Scorpions and notched his first Fall League win. Orewiler allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings, walking one and striking out six.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 3 prospect Jazz Chisholm had a quiet day at the plate, finishing just 1-for-4, but impressed with a few nice defensive plays. Bo Takahashi got the start for the Rafters, but struggled and was unable to get through three innings and gave up three runs on three hits in 2 2/3 frames. Tyler Mark didn't fare any better, giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning. Kevin Ginkel was the most successful of the D-backs' pitchers as he gave up one hit and spun a scoreless frame. Playing for Surprise, Renae Martinez started at catcher and went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk. Martinez's two-run homer was his second long ball of the AFL season.

Video: MSS@SRR: Chisolm handles tough hop with ease

Dodgers (Glendale)
Dodgers No. 20 prospect Errol Robinson and Cody Thomas combined to go 0-for-6 with five strikeouts, but Thomas reached base once via a walk. Ben Holmes started for the Desert Dogs and fell to 1-2 in the Fall League, allowing five earned runs in three innings. Holmes gave up six hits, walked three and struck out one. Nolan Long pitched a perfect inning of relief, striking out two.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Matt Winn went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. It was Winn's first three-bagger of the Fall League. Chase Johnson pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out one. Sam Wolff worked a perfect ninth to record his second save of the AFL season. Wolff hasn't allowed a run in nine innings pitched in the Fall League.

Padres (Peoria)
Padres No. 25 prospect Austin Allen batted cleanup and went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and a run scored. Allen had a two-run single and raised his Fall League average to .245.

Tweet from @JakeDRill: #Padres No. 25 prospect Austin Allen rips a two-run single to right, extending Peoria's lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning. @MLBPipeline pic.twitter.com/0WKnmGPNHe

Rockies (Salt River)
Rockies No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin is hitting .420 in the Fall League after his 2-for-3 performance. Josh Fuentes also picked up a hit and is batting .307 after going 1-for-4. Sam Hilliard (No. 9) went 0-for-3, but worked a pair of walks. Justin Lawrence (No. 17) and Mitch Horacek each pitched in relief. Horacek gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning while Lawrence spun a scoreless ninth.