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Friday, November 22, 2019

Rosenthal: The Reds are interested in Zack Wheeler; the Braves’ big bullpen bet; more notes

As first reported by Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson is a legitimate consideration for the Dodgers.

Donaldson, who turns 34 on Dec. 8, would provide right-handed balance for a team heavy in left-handed hitters (Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo, Gavin Lux). He also would bring an edge to a team that might benefit from such a jolt.

As the Braves discovered, Donaldson can be a bit of an acquired taste — as one club source put it, “he’s loud, in your face, an alpha who will test the room.” He went through an adjustment period in Atlanta, and Freddie Freeman talked with him at one point about better fitting into the clubhouse, the source said. But Donaldson eventually found his niche, and the Braves came to relish his daily intensity and competitiveness.

The team wants him back.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2019 at 06:54 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, evan white, notes, stephen strasburg, will smith, zach wheeler

Mariners finalizing a six-year contract with first base prospect Evan White | The Seattle Times

The Mariners belief in Evan White as a player, and also a person, is taking them down a financial path that no team has ventured with a player.

MLB sources confirm a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan that the Mariners and White have agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract with three club options. If the Mariners exercises the club options, the total amount of money in the deal could reach over $55 million.

Whilte the financial terms agreed upon, White must still take and pass an extensive physical before the deal is finalized. Sources indicate that it won’t be announced this weekend, but likely Monday at the earliest..

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2019 at 11:50 AM | 45 comment(s)
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