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Snake Bytes 11/14: Simmering Stove

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A whole lot of nothing happening before the upcoming winter meetings.

Paul Goldschmidt Could Garner Four Prospects

Examining the best trade pieces for each team, ESPN’s Keith Law feels the Diamondbacks could get as much as four prospects for the slugging first baseman. Of course, he doesn’t actually list what kind of prospects they could possibly be getting back, so take it all with a grain of salt.

Three Fits for Zack Greinke

Despite the star power of the current free agent class, it is remarkably low on starting pitching depth. After Patrick Corbin (and possibly Dallas Keuchel) Zack Greinke may be the best pitcher available, though he would have to come via trade instead of contract. MLB’s David Adler lists The Astros, Yankees, and Angels as good fits for the all-star righty.

Goldschmidt Named Marvin Miller Finalist

Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is one of three finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year honor, an award voted on by MLB players and given to their peer who does the most by leading in the locker room and the community.

Diamondbacks Sign Abraham Almonte

The Diamondbacks have signed 29-year-old veteran outfielder Abraham Almonte to a minor league pact with an invitation to Spring Training.

Around MLB

Japan Beats MLB All-Stars 6-5 to Clinch Exhibition Series Win

Takayuki Kai drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead Japan over the MLB All-Stars 6-5 Wednesday and give the hosts a 4-1 lead in their six-game exhibition series.

Owners Meet to Discuss Manfred, Rules

It looks like Rob Manfred will be getting an extension. It also looks like the owners are kicking around yet more rule changes to change the pace of play and to possibly shorten games. While some of the changes seem fairly benign and probably a good idea, some of the changes still seem to be an overreaction.

Snitker, Melvin Win Manager of the Year Awards

Brian Snitker won the award for the first time by leading the Atlanta Braves to their first postseason appearance in five years. Bob Melvin became the eighth manager to win the award three times, leading Oakland to their first October baseball in four years.

Brian Snitker Wins NL Manager of the Year

Brian Snitker has been named National League Manager of the Year after guiding the Atlanta Braves to the team’s first winning season, postseason berth and division title in five years.

Bob Melvin Named AL Manager of the Year

Oakland Athletics skipper Bob Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday after guiding the team with the lowest Opening Day payroll in baseball to a 97-65 record and its first playoff berth in four years.