Angels promote third base prospect Kaleb Cowart

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Via the official Twitter account of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim …

Cowart, the 18th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, has batted .323/.395/.491 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 62 games this season at the Triple-A level. The 23-year-old will make his major league debut at third base Tuesday night against the White Sox and could see semi-regular starts at the hot corner for Anaheim until David Freese returns in a couple weeks from his fractured right index finger.

Gillaspie, 28, hit just .203/.250/.344 in 68 plate appearances with Anaheim. He opened the 2015 regular season as the White Sox starting third baseman but is now without a 40-man roster spot.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).