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Red Sox trade for Padres reliever Colten Brewer

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A minor trade for you to chew on while you stare at your Thanksgiving to-do list and decide “meh, I can put it off until tomorrow.”

The Red Sox have acquired reliever Colten Brewer from the San Diego Padres for minor league infielder Esteban Quiroz. Ken Rosenthal first reported the trade. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reported that Quiroz was heading to San Diego.

Brewer, 26, had a 5.59 ERA in 11 appearances as a rookie with the Padres in 2018. He has pitched better than that in the minors, however, posting a 3.75 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 48 innings in Triple-A in 2018.

Quiroz, also 26, spent several years hitting pretty darn well in the Mexican League — and starring for the Mexican national team — before joining the Sox organization in 2018. He hit pretty darn well in Double-A and a short stint in rookie ball for Boston last year, but only played in 32 games.

This is a roster-rearrangement move more than anything, with the Padres trying to get a man off their 40-man roster. The reason: today is the day by which teams have to set their 40-man for purposes of the Rule 5 draft next month.

Report: Nationals sign Matt Adams

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Free agent first baseman Matt Adams has signed a one-year, $3 million pact with the Nationals, the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. The contract comes with a $1 million buyout on a 2020 option, bringing the total value to $4 million. Official confirmation is still pending completion of a physical.

The 30-year-old infielder will return to familiar turf in Washington after spending the first half of the 2018 season there. He was dealt to the Cardinals in late August for cash considerations and finished the season batting a collective .239/.309/.477 with a career-high 21 home runs, .786 OPS and 0.8 fWAR through 337 plate appearances for the two National League clubs.

Despite his impressive display of power, Adams experienced a significant decline at the plate over the second half of the season, batting well under the Mendoza Line as the Cardinals pushed for a postseason berth against the division-winning Brewers and Wild Card-contending Cubs. Still, he saw enough early success in Washington to merit a second look and should provide a sturdy backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base in 2019.