Pedro Grifol is returning to the Royals’ coaching staff in 2020. He interviewed for the Royals and Giants managerial openings but was passed over for both. He is expected to be the bench coach but coaching positions have not been finalized.
LT Eric Fisher and RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff were full participants in practice on Thursday.
James Wiseman of Memphis decided to drop his lawsuit against the NCAA. Memphis declared him ineligible and will apply for his reinstatement immediately. The NCAA is notoriously slow in reviewing issues like this.
Cody Bellinger and Mike Trout won the NL and AL MVP awards respectively.
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu accepted the qualifying offer from the club. The qualifying offer this offseason is $17.8 million.
The Atlanta Braves signed relief pitcher Will Smith to a three-year contract for $40 million. Smith’s agent reportedly used the qualifying offer in negotiations saying that if Smith did not have a multi-year offer by today he would accept the qualifying offer with the Giants.
P Jake Odorizzi accepted the qualifying offer from Minnesota.