MLB Player News
Andy Wilkins was designated for assignment Wednesday.
Wilkins, who was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles in the beginning of September, was DFA'd after the team acquired outfielder L.J. Hoes from the Astros on Wednesday. The 27-year-old first baseman did hit 18 home runs and 70 RBI with the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate at Oklahoma City, but he wasn't expected to provide much more than organizational depth in the coming years.
Jed Lowrie has been traded to the Oakland Athletics , Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
The Astros will receive minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry from Oakland in the deal. Lowrie, who's due to make $7.5 million in 2016, is capable of playing second base, third base and shortstop, and at this point it's unclear where Oakland plans to use him long-term. The 31-year-old played primarily at third base last season, appearing in just 69 total games while battling injuries to his thumb, foot and quad.
Patrick Kivlehan was added to the 40-man roster, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Kivlehan slashed a .256/.313/.453 in 472 at-bats with Triple-A Tacoma this season and played a variety of positions with the team including first base, third base as well as every outfield position, but it seems unlikely that he will contribute much to the major-league club in 2016.
Josh Donaldson was named the 2015 AL MVP by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday.
Of the 30 first-place votes, Donaldson received 23 while the Angels' Mike Trout received seven. Traded to Toronto from Oakland last winter, Donaldson finished top-3 in the AL in most offensive statistical categories, including home runs (41), RBI (123), runs (122), slugging (.568) and OPS (.939). He will turn 30 in December, but there's little reason to think Donaldson won't return first-round value again next season.
The Boston Red Sox traded Carlos Asuaje and three other prospects to the Padres on Friday for Craig Kimbrel, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
An 11th-round pick in 2013, Asuaje made the jump to Double-A as a 23-year-old last season and saw a significant drop in production. He turned in a .251/.334/.374 line after slashing .310/.393/.533 between Low-A and High-A the year before, though Asuaje did actually improve his strikeout rate from High-A and maintained a walk rate close to 10 percent.
Michael Almanzar re-signed with the Baltimore Orioles on a minor league contract Wednesday, Steve Melewski of MASN Sports reports.
Almanzar spent all of 2015 with Triple-A Norfolk, hitting .225 with four home runs and 50 RBI. With the depth the Orioles have at third base, the 24-year-old could spend 2016 in Norfolk once again.
Adrian Beltre recently underwent thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament and is expected to be ready for spring training, the team's web site reports.
Beltre originally hurt the thumb in late May and played through the injury for the remainder of the year. A scorching hot September saved what was shaping up to be a very disappointing season, and injuries no doubt played some role in that.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Adrian Beltre played with a torn thumb ligament for most of the second half of the season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Beltre hit the disabled list in June with a sprained left thumb, but was able to return and still hit .318 in the season's second half. It's unclear at this point if the ailment will require offseason surgery, but the 36-year-old should be good to go for the start of the 2016 season.
Jomar Reyes will have surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand, Steve Melewski of MASN Sports reports.
The highly regarded prospect was injured during one of the final instructional league workouts and will likely miss one or two months as he rehabs the injury. Reyes stumbled through an injury plagued 2015 season, missing games due to a variety of injuries including a sprained thumb and a mild concussion.
Texas Rangers hot-hitting third baseman Adrian Beltre (back) is in the lineup Wednesday for Game 5 against the Blue Jays.
Beltre has been dealing with a back issue throughout much of the American League Division Series, but he was able to play through the injury in Game 4. In a win-or-go-home situation, Beltre will once again take over at third base and bat cleanup.