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Cardinals Museum to Debut Exhibit Featuring the Evolution of Equipment

Exhibit Opens December 14 and Runs Through 2019 Baseball Season

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will open its new special exhibit entitled "Pain, Protection and Performance: The Evolution of Baseball Equipment presented by Rawlings" on Friday, December 14. The exhibit, which replaces last year's special exhibition "Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific," examines the role of equipment in the National Pastime and shows how various pieces of gear have changed since the birth of the sport in the 1800s. 

"This special exhibit includes some fantastic and peculiar items from our collection, in addition to several important pieces on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and other collectors," said Paula Homan, Cardinals Museum Curator. "It's really remarkable to see how far the equipment has progressed as players seek to improve their performance and safety."

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will open its new special exhibit entitled "Pain, Protection and Performance: The Evolution of Baseball Equipment presented by Rawlings" on Friday, December 14. The exhibit, which replaces last year's special exhibition "Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific," examines the role of equipment in the National Pastime and shows how various pieces of gear have changed since the birth of the sport in the 1800s. 

"This special exhibit includes some fantastic and peculiar items from our collection, in addition to several important pieces on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and other collectors," said Paula Homan, Cardinals Museum Curator. "It's really remarkable to see how far the equipment has progressed as players seek to improve their performance and safety."

"Pain, Protection and Performance" features over 100 artifacts relating to the history of baseball equipment, including an original fingerless glove from 1883; Stan Musial's trapper-style mitt that helped him easily transition between first base and the outfield during the late 1940s; one of the original fiberglass prototype batting helmets that inspired Branch Rickey to introduce them for major league use in the 1950s; the cupped-end bat Lou Brock used to notch his 3,000th career hit; and the cleats that Fernando Tatis wore when he hit a MLB record two grand slams in one inning.

The exhibit also includes a display of authentic Rawlings Gold Glove® and Platinum Glove® Awards along with an interactive kiosk where guests can create and order their very own custom Rawlings glove. Guests can enjoy in-depth features on players and gear through the use of augmented reality via the MLB Ballpark App along with a unique spinning tile interactive that highlights key points throughout the experience. 

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the offseason. The special exhibit will be open to the public through the conclusion of the 2019 baseball season and is included with admission to the museum. To purchase Cardinals Museum tickets or learn more about museum membership, visit cardinals.com/museum.

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D-backs named among best places to work in Phoenix for 12th straight year

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks were named among Valley companies as one of the "Best Places to Work," when the Phoenix Business Journal announced its list of 2018 recipients at an awards luncheon today at the J.W. Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The D-backs finished among the top large-sized companies for the 12th year in a row.

"We are proud to be named among the best in Phoenix once again," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "At the D-backs, our employees come first and a strong company culture is imperative to prevail both on and off the field and this year has been no exception. Our D-backs family bond is unmatched and has proven to be a competitive advantage for us in our industry."

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks were named among Valley companies as one of the "Best Places to Work," when the Phoenix Business Journal announced its list of 2018 recipients at an awards luncheon today at the J.W. Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The D-backs finished among the top large-sized companies for the 12th year in a row.

"We are proud to be named among the best in Phoenix once again," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "At the D-backs, our employees come first and a strong company culture is imperative to prevail both on and off the field and this year has been no exception. Our D-backs family bond is unmatched and has proven to be a competitive advantage for us in our industry."

Founded in 2003, the "Best Places to Work" program ranks Valley companies through a third-party administered employee survey. The areas surveyed include various parts of employee life, including workplace environment, leadership direction, culture and management practices. Hundreds of companies were nominated for the award and selected companies were named among the "Best Places to Work" in micro-, small-, medium-, large- and extra-large-sized company categories. The D-backs were the first professional sports organization to receive the honor in 2007.

D-backs employees operate under core values established by the leadership team that provide true framework for effective decision making. Those values include investing into the people who work for the organization, cultivating and enhancing relationships with employees, establishing integrity by accepting individual and collective responsibility, foster learning throughout the organization while considering outside points of view, and expecting positive results from the organization both on and off the field. Culture is also one of the five areas of focus within the organization's Circle of Success.

Among the unique perks enjoyed by employees in 2018 is an extended two-week holiday break, team player trip to San Diego to see the D-backs play, quarterly company outings, roundtable meetings between management and employees and a rotating council comprised of members from all levels of the organization focusing on enhancing company events and culture.

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Tickets for Star Wars Night at Busch Stadium on sale Friday

ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 13, 2018 - The St. Louis Cardinals have announced details for the seventh annual Star Wars Night to be held at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, June 5.

Fans who purchase a special Star Wars Night theme ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Star Wars-themed Cardinals mesh pullover jersey featuring the traditional Cardinal birds perched atop a lightsaber. A portion of each special ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer.

ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 13, 2018 - The St. Louis Cardinals have announced details for the seventh annual Star Wars Night to be held at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, June 5.

Fans who purchase a special Star Wars Night theme ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Star Wars-themed Cardinals mesh pullover jersey featuring the traditional Cardinal birds perched atop a lightsaber. A portion of each special ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer.

During the 7:15 p.m. matchup against the Cincinnati Reds, Busch Stadium will be transformed with the sights and sounds from the movies including special scoreboard graphics and music. Prior to the game, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to take their photo with costumed characters situated throughout the ballpark.

Theme tickets for Star Wars Night are available for a variety of prices and go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM CT at cardinals.com/starwars. Fans must purchase the special theme ticket in order to receive the exclusive jersey.

Star Wars Night is just one of the many unique personalized Theme Ticket promotions planned for the 2019 season. A full schedule of theme events will be released in January.

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Tickets for Star Wars Night at Busch Stadium On Sale Tomorrow

Popular Theme Night Scheduled for June 5; Includes Exclusive Star Wars-Themed Cardinals Jersey

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced details for the seventh annual Star Wars Night to be held at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, June 5.

Fans who purchase a special Star Wars Night theme ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Star Wars-themed Cardinals mesh pullover jersey featuring the traditional Cardinal birds perched atop a lightsaber. A portion of each special ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer. 

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced details for the seventh annual Star Wars Night to be held at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, June 5.

Fans who purchase a special Star Wars Night theme ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Star Wars-themed Cardinals mesh pullover jersey featuring the traditional Cardinal birds perched atop a lightsaber. A portion of each special ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer. 

During the 7:15 p.m. matchup against the Cincinnati Reds, Busch Stadium will be transformed with the sights and sounds from the movies including special scoreboard graphics and music. Prior to the game, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to take their photo with costumed characters situated throughout the ballpark.

Theme tickets for Star Wars Night are available for a variety of prices and go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM CT at cardinals.com/starwars. Fans must purchase the special theme ticket in order to receive the exclusive jersey. 

Star Wars Night is just one of the many unique personalized Theme Ticket promotions planned for the 2019 season. A full schedule of theme events will be released in January.

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Cleveland Indians Rule 5 Draft results

The Cleveland Indians today announced the following selections during the AAA phase of the Rule 5 Draft:

 

The Cleveland Indians today announced the following selections during the AAA phase of the Rule 5 Draft:

 

Selected LHP YAPSON GOMEZ (19th pick overall) from Chicago-NL in the first round of the AAA phase

 

Selected 1B WILSON GARCIA (32nd pick overall) from Baltimore in the second round of the AAA phase

 

The Indians passed on their selection during the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

 

Additionally, the Indians had the following players selected:

 

  • New York Mets selected RHP KYLE DOWDY (10th pick overall) in the Major League phase
  • Los Angeles-AL selected RHP MATT ESPARZA (12th pick overall) in the first round of the AAA phase
  • Oakland selected 1B ANTHONY MILLER (41st pick overall) in the third round of the AAA phase
  • Tampa Bay selected RHP HECTOR FIGUEROA (42nd pick overall) in the fourth round of the AAA phase

 

Cleveland Indians

Mets Select Kyle Dowdy in Rule 5 Draft

The New York Mets today announced that the club has selected right-handed pitcher Kyle Dowdy from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 Draft.

 

The New York Mets today announced that the club has selected right-handed pitcher Kyle Dowdy from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 Draft.

 

Dowdy, 25, split the 2018 season between two organizations, the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. He combined to go 9-12 with a 5.15 ERA (71 earned runs/124.0 innings) in 30 games (20 starts) between Erie (AA-Detroit), Toledo (AAA-Detroit) and Akron (AA-Cleveland).

 

The Escondido, CA native was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 12th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Houston. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with outfielder Leonys Martín in exchange for infielder Willi Castro on July 31, 2018.

 

Dowdy has appeared in 78 minor league games (58 starts) over three seasons and owns a 27-27 record with a 3.99 ERA (162 earned runs/365.2 innings).

New York Mets

D-backs Rule 5 Draft selections

LAS VEGAS, NEV. - The Arizona Diamondbacks selected RHP Nick Green (@ngreeny12) in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Arizona also selected OF Jeffrey Baez in the Triple-A phase. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 38.

 

LAS VEGAS, NEV. - The Arizona Diamondbacks selected RHP Nick Green (@ngreeny12) in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Arizona also selected OF Jeffrey Baez in the Triple-A phase. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 38.

 

Green, 23, combined to go 8-7 with a 3.32 ERA (49 ER in 132.2 IP), 102 strikeouts and a .235 opponent average in 23 starts with Single-A Advanced Tampa and Double-A Trenton in the Yankees' organization in 2018. He was named to the Florida State League midseason All-Star Team after going 7-5 with a 3.28 ERA (42 ER in 115.1 IP) in 20 starts with Tampa.

 

Green also limited left-handers to a .207 average (50-for-241) last season and pitched at least 6.0 innings in 14 of his 23 starts, including 7.0 scoreless frames with 1 hit allowed in his final outing on August 29 @ Altoona.

 

In 5 Minor League seasons in the Rangers (2014-2016) and Yankees' (2016-18) systems, Green was 26-25 with a 4.06 ERA (178 ER in 395.0 IP), 320 strikeouts and a .245 opponent average in 85 games (75 starts). He was selected by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2014 draft and traded to the Yankees on August 1, 2016 with RHP Dillon Tate and RHP Erik Swanson for OF Carlos Beltran.

 

Baez, 25, hit .262 (67-for-256)/.346 OBP/.414 SLG with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 30 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 88 games with Double-A Tennessee in 2018 and was named a Southern League midseason All-Star. A native of El Tigre, Venezuela, the 6-foot-0, 180-pounder is a career .260 hitter with 105 doubles, 26 triples 56 home runs, 265 RBI and 203 stolen bases in 633 games across 8 seasons in the Cubs' organization. He signed with the Giants as a Minor League free agent on November 5.

 

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Red Sox 2018 World Series trophy to tour Boston neighborhoods Saturday

BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox will bring the 2018 World Series Trophy to five different neighborhoods of Boston this Saturday, December 15, giving fans a chance to take photos with the Championship trophy.

The trophy will visit four different YMCA's in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, and Hyde Park, and conclude the day-long tour at the American Legion Post in Mattapan. The trophy will be at each location for an hour. Fans are asked to bring their own cameras or smartphones for photos.

BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox will bring the 2018 World Series Trophy to five different neighborhoods of Boston this Saturday, December 15, giving fans a chance to take photos with the Championship trophy.

The trophy will visit four different YMCA's in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, and Hyde Park, and conclude the day-long tour at the American Legion Post in Mattapan. The trophy will be at each location for an hour. Fans are asked to bring their own cameras or smartphones for photos.

Media are invited to cover all stops on Saturday's trophy tour. Locations and timing are as follows:

• 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Roxbury YMCA, 285 Martin Luther King Blvd., Roxbury

• 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Egleston Square YMCA, 3134 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain

• Noon - 1 p.m. Dorchester YMCA, 776 Washington Street, Dorchester

• 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Thomas M. Menino YMCA, 1137 River Street, Hyde Park

• 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. William E. Carter American Legion Post 16, 1531 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan

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Mariners acquire Encarnación, compensatory pick from Cleveland

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mariners have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a compensatory Round B draft pick from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana.

"We're excited to add a proven offensive performer in Edwin Encarnación," Dipoto said. "In addition, by adding another draft pick for 2019, we have another opportunity to add to the talent in our minor league system."

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mariners have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a compensatory Round B draft pick from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana.

"We're excited to add a proven offensive performer in Edwin Encarnación," Dipoto said. "In addition, by adding another draft pick for 2019, we have another opportunity to add to the talent in our minor league system."

Encarnación, 35 (turns 36 on Jan. 7), hit .246 (123x500) with 74 runs, 16 doubles, 32 home runs, 107 RBI, 63 walks, a .336 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage (.810 OPS) in 137 games with Cleveland in 2018. Among American League leaders last season, he ranked 3rd in RBI and T9th in home runs. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound right-handed hitter eclipsed the 30-home run plateau for the 7th season consecutive season. He is the only player in the Major Leagues with 7 seasons of at least 30 home runs since 2012, followed by Nelson Cruz (5) and Mike Trout (5). Encarnación also surpassed 100 RBI for the 4th consecutive season, joining Nolan Arenado and Anthony Rizzo as the only Major Leaguers with at least 100 RBI in every season since 2015.

Since 2012, Encarnación leads the Majors in both home runs and RBI. Over the span of the last 7 seasons, he has totaled 263 home runs, ranking ahead of Cruz (254), Giancarlo Stanton (249), Chris Davis (239) and Trout (235). Since 2012, his 764 RBI rank ahead of Cruz (688), Paul Goldschmidt (684), Albert Pujols (653) and Miguel Cabrera (651). Encarnación is a 3-time All-Star, most recently in 2016 with Toronto when his 127 RBI tied with David Ortiz for the American League lead.

The native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, was originally selected by Texas in the 9th round of the 2000 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Manuela Toro High School (Caguas, Puerto Rico). In 14 Major League seasons with the Reds (2005-09), Blue Jays (2009-16) and Indians (2017-18), he is a career .264 (1705x6463) with 380 home runs, 1,156 RBI, 829 walks, a .353 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging percentage (.850 OPS) in 1,807 career games.

Santana, 32, was acquired by Seattle along with J.P. Crawford (inf) from Philadelphia in exchange for Jean Segura (inf), Juan Nicasio (rhp) and James Pazos (lhp) on Dec. 3. Santana hit .229 (128x560) with 82 runs, 28 doubles, 24 home runs, 86 RBI and 110 walks in 161 games with the Phillies in 2018.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Santana was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in August of 2004 before being traded to the Indians in July of 2008. In 1,277 Major League games with the Indians (2010-17) and Phillies (2018), Santana has batted .247 (1123x4554) with 264 doubles, 198 home runs, 673 RBI and 836 walks.

Seattle Mariners

Indians complete 3-team trade with Seattle and Tampa Bay

CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced that the club has completed a three-team trade with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays:

Acquired 1B CARLOS SANTANA and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for 1B/DH EDWIN ENCARNACION and the club's 2019 Competitive Balance Round B First-Year Player Draft selection (77th overall).

CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced that the club has completed a three-team trade with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays:

Acquired 1B CARLOS SANTANA and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for 1B/DH EDWIN ENCARNACION and the club's 2019 Competitive Balance Round B First-Year Player Draft selection (77th overall).

Acquired 1B/OF JAKE BAUERS from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for INF YANDY DIAZ and a player to be named later.

Santana, 32, returns to the Indians after spending the first eight years of his Major League career with the club, 2010-2017. With Cleveland, he batted .249 (995-for-3994) with 236 2B, 13 3B, 174 HR and 587 RBI over 1116 games (.365/.445/.810). His 726 career base on balls with the club are the fourth-most in the history of the franchise. He spent the 2018 campaign with the Philadelphia Phillies after signing a free agent deal last December. With the Phillies, he batted .229 (128-for-560) with 28 2B, 2 3B, 24 HR and 86 RBI in a career-high 161 games. His 110 walks were the second-highest single-season total of his career and ranked second in the N.L. while his 93 strikeouts were his fewest in a Major League campaign.

The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native was traded from Philadelphia to Seattle on December 3 in a deal that sent INF Jean Segura and RHP Juan Nicasio to the Phillies. Santana owns a career slash line of .363/.442/.805, has 198 career home runs and ranks sixth among active players in base on balls (836).

Bauers, 23, split his age-22 season in 2018 between Triple-A Durham and Tampa Bay, making his Major League debut with the Rays on June 7 after entering the season as the 45th ranked prospect in all of Major League Baseball (source: Baseball America). For the year in Durham he batted .279 (55-for-197) with 14 doubles, 5 homers, 24 RBI and 10 steals in 52 games (.357/.426/.784). He spent the last four months of the season in Tampa Bay, batting .201 (65-for-323) with 22 doubles, 2 triples, 11 homers and 48 RBI (.316/.384/.700, 76G-1B, 16G-LF, 4G-RF). He led American League rookies in walks (54) and finished fourth in doubles and eighth in runs scored and RBI among first-year A.L. players. He was the youngest player to appear with the Rays in 2018.

The Huntington Beach, CA native was San Diego's seventh round selection in the 2013 draft out of Marina High School (CA) and was acquired by Tampa Bay in a three-team, 11-player trade that included Wil Myers, Steven Souza and Trea Turner in December 2014. The left-handed hitter was a MiLB.com organizational All-Star for Tampa Bay in 2016 and 2017.

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Rays acquire Yandy Díaz in 3-team trade

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have completed a three-team trade with the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners, acquiring infielder Yandy Díaz and minor league right-handed pitcher Cole Sulser from Cleveland in exchange for first baseman Jake Bauers (to Cleveland) and cash considerations (to Seattle).

In addition, the Indians traded designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a Competitive Balance Round B draft pick to Seattle, and the Mariners traded first baseman Carlos Santana and cash considerations to Cleveland.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have completed a three-team trade with the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners, acquiring infielder Yandy Díaz and minor league right-handed pitcher Cole Sulser from Cleveland in exchange for first baseman Jake Bauers (to Cleveland) and cash considerations (to Seattle).

In addition, the Indians traded designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a Competitive Balance Round B draft pick to Seattle, and the Mariners traded first baseman Carlos Santana and cash considerations to Cleveland.

Díaz, 27, has spent parts of the last two seasons in the majors, appearing in 88 games with 71 starts (42-3B, 20-DH, 6-1B, 3-LF) and batting .283/.361/.366 (75-for-265) with 13 doubles, three triples, one home run and 28 RBI. In 2018, he appeared in 39 games over two stints with the Indians and hit .312/.375/.422 (34-for-109). He spent the remainder of the season with Triple-A Columbus, batting .293/.409/.388 (102-for-348) with three home runs and 40 RBI in 98 games. He finished the season as the International League leader in on-base pct., ranked second with 70 walks and sixth in batting avg.

Over parts of five minor league seasons, Díaz has hit .311/.413/.414 (585-for-1,879) with 26 home runs and 224 RBI. In 2017, he was the Indians Opening Day third baseman and appeared in 49 games for the club, splitting the season between the majors and Triple-A. In 2016, he was named IL Rookie of the Year, leading the league with a .399 on-base pct. and ranking second with a .325 avg. Also that season, he represented the World team in the Futures Game at Petco Park and was named to Baseball America's Triple-A All-Star Team. In 2015, he was named to both the Eastern League midseason and postseason All-Star teams.

Díaz was signed by the Indians as an international free agent out of Cuba in September 2013. He played professionally in Cuba and was a member of the Cuban National Team for several years. Born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba, he will be the 11th Cuban-born player in Rays history.

Sulser, 28, split last season between Double-A Akron and Columbus, going 8-4 with a 3.86 ERA (60.2-IP, 26-ER) and 95 strikeouts in 47 appearances, all in relief. He has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen over the last two seasons, combining for a 3.27 ERA (124-IP, 45-ER) in 92 apps. He was selected by the Indians in the 25th round of the 2013 June Draft out of Dartmouth College and is 20-26 with a 4.02 ERA (378.1-IP, 169-ER) in 176 apps (37 starts) over five minor league seasons.

Bauers, 23, hit .201/.316/.384 (65-for-323) with 11 home runs and 48 RBI in 96 games for the Rays last season, his first career major league action. He was recalled from Triple-A Durham on June 7 and remained with the club for the remainder of the season. He was the youngest player to appear for the 2018 Rays, a team that featured 23 rookies. When he debuted at 22 years, 244 days, he was the youngest position player to appear in a game for the Rays since Wil Myers in 2013. He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the seventh round of the 2013 June Draft and was acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade in December 2014.

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Orioles Roster Moves 12/13/18

Today, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

  • Selected SS Richie Martin from the Oakland Athletics organization with the first pick in the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Acquired Rule 5 selection INF Drew Jackson from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for International Signing Bonus Slot Money.
  • Selected RHP Taylor Grover from the Cincinnati Reds organization with the first pick in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

The Orioles currently have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

Today, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

  • Selected SS Richie Martin from the Oakland Athletics organization with the first pick in the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Acquired Rule 5 selection INF Drew Jackson from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for International Signing Bonus Slot Money.
  • Selected RHP Taylor Grover from the Cincinnati Reds organization with the first pick in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

The Orioles currently have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

Baltimore Orioles

A's select three in Minor League Phase of Rule 5 Draft

The Oakland A's announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings the results of the Rule 5 Draft.

  • Corban Joseph, INF, selected from Baltimore in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Mark Payton, OF, selected from New York-AL in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Anthony Miller, INF, selected from Cleveland in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Richie Martin, INF, selected by Baltimore in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

A player selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft must be kept on the Major League 25-man roster of the drafting team for the entirety of next season, and the selected player must remain active (not on the disabled list) for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster, he will be placed on waivers before being offered back to the team from which he was selected.

The Oakland A's announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings the results of the Rule 5 Draft.

  • Corban Joseph, INF, selected from Baltimore in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Mark Payton, OF, selected from New York-AL in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Anthony Miller, INF, selected from Cleveland in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Richie Martin, INF, selected by Baltimore in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

A player selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft must be kept on the Major League 25-man roster of the drafting team for the entirety of next season, and the selected player must remain active (not on the disabled list) for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster, he will be placed on waivers before being offered back to the team from which he was selected.

Joseph, 30, appeared in 14 games with Baltimore last season, hitting .222 (4-for-18) with a double. He spent most of the season with Double-A Bowie, hitting .312 (143-for-459) with 73 runs, 30 doubles, 2 triples, 17 home runs, 68 RBI, a .381 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging mark in 122 games. His other Major League experience includes two games with New York-AL in 2013. In 11 minor league seasons, he has hit .285 (1104-for-3874) with 237 doubles, 34 triples, 80 home runs and 502 RBI in the New York-AL, Atlanta, Washington and Baltimore minor league systems. He was selected by New York-AL in the 4th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Payton, 27, spent last season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, appearing in 62 games and hitting .259 (51-for-197) with 29 runs, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs, 25 RBI and a .368 on-base percentage. In five minor league seasons in the New York-AL organization, he hit .274 (429-for-1568) with 228 runs, 71 doubles, 20 triples, 32 home runs, 183 RBI with a .354 on-base percentage in 448 games. He was selected by New York-AL in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Miller, 24, spent last season with High-A Lynchburg in the Cleveland organization, hitting .264 (66-for-250) with 38 runs, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 30 RBI in 74 games. In four minor league seasons, he has hit .228 (219-for-960) with 107 runs, 56 doubles, 3 triples, 25 home runs and 112 RBI in 283 games. He was selected in the 18th round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Johnson County Community College.

Martin, 23, hit .300 (136-for-453) with 68 runs, 29 doubles, 8 triples, 6 home runs and 42 RBI in 118 games with Double-A Midland. In four minor league seasons with Oakland, he has hit .257 (351-for-1368) with 205 runs, 63 doubles, 21 triples, 15 home runs and 129 RBI in 369 games. He was selected by Oakland in the 1st round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Florida.

Oakland Athletics

Mariners Acquire 1B/DH Edwin Encarnación from Cleveland

Seattle sends Carlos Santana to the Indians.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mariners have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a compensatory Round B draft pick from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana.

 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mariners have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a compensatory Round B draft pick from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana.

 

"We're excited to add a proven offensive performer in Edwin Encarnación," Dipoto said. "In addition, by adding another draft pick for 2019, we have another opportunity to add to the talent in our minor league system."

 

Encarnación, 35 (turns 36 on Jan. 7), hit .246 (123x500) with 74 runs, 16 doubles, 32 home runs, 107 RBI, 63 walks, a .336 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage (.810 OPS) in 137 games with Cleveland in 2018. Among American League leaders last season, he ranked 3rd in RBI and T9th in home runs. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound right-handed hitter eclipsed the 30-home run plateau for the 7th season consecutive season. He is the only player in the Major Leagues with 7 seasons of at least 30 home runs since 2012, followed by Nelson Cruz (5) and Mike Trout (5). Encarnación also surpassed 100 RBI for the 4th consecutive season, joining Nolan Arenado and Anthony Rizzo as the only Major Leaguers with at least 100 RBI in every season since 2015.

 

Since 2012, Encarnación leads the Majors in both home runs and RBI. Over the span of the last 7 seasons, he has totaled 263 home runs, ranking ahead of Cruz (254), Giancarlo Stanton (249), Chris Davis (239) and Trout (235). Since 2012, his 764 RBI rank ahead of Cruz (688), Paul Goldschmidt (684), Albert Pujols (653) and Miguel Cabrera (651). Encarnación is a 3-time All-Star, most recently in 2016 with Toronto when his 127 RBI tied with David Ortiz for the American League lead.

 

The native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, was originally selected by Texas in the 9th round of the 2000 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Manuela Toro High School (Caguas, Puerto Rico). In 14 Major League seasons with the Reds (2005-09), Blue Jays (2009-16) and Indians (2017-18), he is a career .264 (1705x6463) with 380 home runs, 1,156 RBI, 829 walks, a .353 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging percentage (.850 OPS) in 1,807 career games.

 

Santana, 32, was acquired by Seattle along with J.P. Crawford (inf) from Philadelphia in exchange for Jean Segura (inf), Juan Nicasio (rhp) and James Pazos (lhp) on Dec. 3. Santana hit .229 (128x560) with 82 runs, 28 doubles, 24 home runs, 86 RBI and 110 walks in 161 games with the Phillies in 2018.

 

A native of the Dominican Republic, Santana was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in August of 2004 before being traded to the Indians in July of 2008. In 1,277 Major League games with the Indians (2010-17) and Phillies (2018), Santana has batted .247 (1123x4554) with 264 doubles, 198 home runs, 673 RBI and 836 walks.

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Royals acquire pitchers Sam McWilliams, Chris Ellis in Rule 5 Draft

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 13, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has selected right-handed pitcher Sam McWilliams with the second overall pick in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Additionally, the club acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Ellis from the Texas Rangers, who selected him with the seventh overall pick, in exchange for cash considerations.

McWilliams, 23, spent time at three different minor league affiliates in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization last season, combining on a 7-9 record with a 4.38 ERA (67 ER in 137.2 IP) and 133 strikeouts. He spent the majority of the year with Montgomery (AA), making 15 starts and 19 appearances, while he was a mid-season and postseason All-Star in the Midwest League (A) with Kane County in 2017. He was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn.

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 13, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has selected right-handed pitcher Sam McWilliams with the second overall pick in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Additionally, the club acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Ellis from the Texas Rangers, who selected him with the seventh overall pick, in exchange for cash considerations.

McWilliams, 23, spent time at three different minor league affiliates in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization last season, combining on a 7-9 record with a 4.38 ERA (67 ER in 137.2 IP) and 133 strikeouts. He spent the majority of the year with Montgomery (AA), making 15 starts and 19 appearances, while he was a mid-season and postseason All-Star in the Midwest League (A) with Kane County in 2017. He was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Ellis, 26, pitched at Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA) in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization in 2018, going 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA (58 ER in 132.2 IP) in 31 appearances and 21 starts between the two stops. His 10 victories tied for second-most in the Cardinals' organization, while he was named a Texas League All-Star, after going 4-0 with a pair of saves and a 4.19 ERA (25 ER in 53.2 IP) in his 15 appearances (7 starts) at Springfield. He was originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the third round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Mississippi.

Both players will need to stay at the Major League level during the 2019 season, or will have to be offered back to their respective clubs. Following today's draft, the Royals' Major League reserve list is at 40 players.

The Royals also selected catcher Chris Rabago from the New York Yankees' organization (second overall) during the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Kansas City then traded him to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations.

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