Marlins won’t give Albert Pujols a no-trade clause

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UPDATE: Marlins president David Samson said this afternoon that “there will not be a free agent signed that includes a no-trade clause.” So if that’s truly a sticking point for Pujols, it would be a deal-breaker.

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms previous reports that the Marlins have offered Albert Pujols a 10-year contract and adds that the two sides are meeting again to address Pujols’ demand for a no-trade clause.

When the Marlins signed Jose Reyes much was made about their refusal to give any player a no-trade clause, but not surprisingly Pujols wanting the right to veto a move could be enough to change their stance.

According to Rosenthal he wants no-trade rights for the first five seasons of the 10-year deal, at which point his 10-and-5 rights with the Marlins would kick in and give Pujols the ability to block moves anyway. In other words, a no-trade clause for the first five seasons would essentially be a no-trade clause for the entire 10-year contract.

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.