Scott Schoeneweis signs with the Brewers

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Scott Schoeneweis struggled with depression following the death of his wife last May, but was able to successfully return to the mound in September and this afternoon signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers.
An autopsy later revealed that Schoeneweis’ wife (and the mother of his four children) passed away from an overdose of cocaine and lidocaine. After taking some time off he rejoined the Diamondbacks’ bullpen in mid-June, but understandably wasn’t himself and eventually was placed on the disabled list with depression.
Schoeneweis returned to allow just one run in seven appearances over the final three weeks of the season and has long been an excellent left-handed specialist, allowing left-handed hitters to bat just .236, .204, and .178 against him from 2006-2008. He’ll compete to be the second southpaw in Milwaukee’s bullpen and the 36-year-old should be a good fit, with an $800,000 salary waiting if he makes the team.

Astros acquire Aledmys Díaz from Blue Jays

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The Astros have acquired shortstop Aledmys Díaz from the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-hander Trent Thornton, the teams announced Saturday.

Díaz, 28, was originally acquired by the Blue Jays last winter in a swap for minor leaguer J.B. Woodman. He spent the entirety of his 2018 campaign in Toronto, where he slashed .263/.303/.453 with a .756 OPS and career-best 18 home runs through 452 plate appearances. While Díaz spent the bulk of his year filling in for an injured Troy Tulowitzki at short, he has experience at second and third base and may prove useful to the Astros as an extra outfield option, too.

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Díaz will serve as protection if the Astros lose shortstop/utility player Marwin González to free agency this winter. González did not receive a qualifying offer from the club this month and has reportedly drawn interest from 29 of 30 clubs in the league.

Thornton, 25, was selected by the Astros during the fifth round of the 2015 draft. The right-hander was promoted to Triple-A Fresno in 2017 and has been up-and-down since then, though 2018 saw some modest improvements across the board as he turned in a 9-8 record through 22 starts with a 4.42 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.8 SO/9 through 124 1/3 innings. He was one of several minor league players the Astros would have needed to protect in advance of the Rule 5 Draft on Tuesday.