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Morning news and notes for Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Hi all. Before we get into baseball, I want to reach out to all of my fellow California Tribe fans. If you’re anywhere in Southern California, there’s a good chance that the recent string of wildfires have impacted you or someone you know. I took a few days away from my day job and LGT to be with my family who were ordered to evacuate their home last Thursday night. Thankfully, they’re back home and safe. If any of you have also been impacted, I sincerely hope that you and your family make it back home safely if you haven’t already.

Tribe news

Brantley progressing, awaiting word on position | MLB

Love it or hate it, the Cleveland Indians will have Michael Brantley on the 2018 roster. Where he will be on the diamond, however, remains to be seen. Brantley’s 2018 position depends largely on him being healthy as well as the results of the Carlos Santana negotiations.

Tribe adds Sweeney, Budzinski to coaching staff | MLB

Since Mickey Callaway will be the skipper for the New York Mets next season, the Tribe needed to add some reinforcements to the major league coaching staff. On Monday, Cleveland announced that Brian Sweeney (former pitching coach for Class A Lakewood) and Mark Budzinski (former manager for AA Akron) will be joining the major league squad. Congratulations, gentlemen!

Matt Pruzinsky, clubhouse manager for Columbus Clippers, dies of heart attack | Cleveland.com

Matt Pruzinsky unexpectedly passed away after having a heart attack on Sunday while attending the Browns/Packers game in Cleveland. Many players in the Indians organization knew Pruzinsky well and have even started a GoFundMe page to help raise some money for Matt’s wife and his future twin boys. Rest in peace, Matt.

Around the league

  • Derek Jeter is not faring well so far as the part-owner of the Miami Marlins.
  • The Phillies have brought back Pat Neshek on a two-year contract.
  • Padres GM A.J. Preller really went all out in trying to land Shohei Ohtani.
  • GQ thinks that the Yankees being back is good for everyone. Just...no.
  • The saga of the Giancarlo Stanton trade was pretty interesting behind the scenes:
  • Oh, and Aaron Boone is enjoying his job thus far: