f what is likely to be the biggest offseason in Diamondbacks history."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodSnake BytesSnake Bytes 11/21: Warm(ish) StoveNew Keith Hernandez Jersey ,40commentsContinuing to cover the calm before the storm of what is likely to be the biggest offseason in Diamondbacks history.ByJames Attwood@JamesDAttwoodNov 21, 2018, 10:53am ESTShareTweetShareShareSnake Bytes 11/21: Warm(ish) StoveCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsThe Suitors for Patrick CorbinDepending on who one asks, Patrick Corbin is either the top arm on the free agent market, or a close second behind Dallas Keuchel. With the Yankees having traded for John Paxton, the forgone conclusion of Corbin heading to the Bronx now seems less of a certainty, but by no means is out of the question. Washington, the White Sox, and the Phillies have also showed interest in the moderate risk, high reward lefty.Diamondbacks Sign Kelby TomlinsonIn order to make room on their 40-man roster, the San Francisco Giants dropped the out-of-options utility infielder. The Diamondbacks have signed Tomlinson to a minor league deal with an invite to spring with the potential to secure an $850,000 deal should he make the majors.Rays Designate C.J. CronThe Tampa Bay Rays have parted ways with their 1B/DH http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , C.J. Cron, older brother of Arizona prospect Kevin Cron. The right-handed slugger batted .253/.323/.493 with 30 HR and an OPS+ of 123 (122 wRC+) in 2018. He was set to enter his arbitration-2 year with an expected payroll figure of $5..2 million. Though he is not a gifted defender at first base, he could represent a bridge to the arrival of his younger brother should the Diamondbacks look outside the organization for a replacement for the departing Paul Goldschmidt.7 Hot Stove Topics to Watch Over ThanksgivingThe Diamondbacks, both current and former play heavily into how this year’s free agent and trade market are going to play out.Machado Clarifies “Johnny Hustle” CommentMariners, Padres Discussing Segura-Myers SwapMight the Seattle Mariners be on the verge of a second blockbuster deal that would ship out shortstop Jean Segura to San Diego? CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are in that rarest of positions: it’s early September, but they are already preparing for October. Such is the luxury enjoyed by a team leading its division by 14 games.The American League Central-leading Indians are 14 games ahead of the second-place Minnesota Twins. So the Indians, who host Kansas City on Monday afternoon at Progressive Field, will use most of this month to prepare for postseason baseball.The Indians added Josh Donaldson to their active roster. However, Donaldson, acquired from Toronto in a trade on Aug. 31, won’t see any action against the Royals, who have won five in a row.Article continues below ...Donaldson is still rehabbing a calf strain. That means Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis Willie McGee Jersey , who will become the odd man out in the infield once Donaldson starts playing, remains at second base.It’s a challenging situation for Kipnis, who made a statement of sorts Saturday, when in his first at-bat after learning he was going to eventually lose his job to Donaldson, belted a pinch-home run.The 31-year-old Kipnis, a career .268 hitter at the start of this season, has hit in the .220s for most of this year, with career lows in most offensive categories. He’s a two-time All-Star who has spent eight years in Cleveland. But the plan, once Donaldson starts playing, is he takes over at third base, moving Jose Ramirez to second, and Kipnis will compete for playing time in center field with Greg Allen.“He’ll start taking balls in center field (during batting practice) and at some point we’ll put him out there and see how it looks Red Schoendienst Jersey ,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Kipnis. “He’s a pretty good competitor.”Indians president Chris Antonetti applauded Ramirez’s unselfishness.“It’s not often that you see an MVP candidate being asked to change positions during the season, but Jose has been great about it,” Antonetti said.With Donaldson not yet ready to play, the Indians’ lineup on Monday against the Royals will be the one they’ve used most of the season — with Kipnis at second and Ramirez at third.On the mound for Cleveland will be right-hander Adam Plutko (4-4, 4.94 ERA), who will make his first career appearance against Kansas City. In Plutko’s last start, he received a no-decision in the Indians’ 4-3 loss to the Twins on Aug. 29.In that game, Plutko pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.Plutko hasn’t won a game since June 24. In six appearances (four starts) since then, he is 0-3 with a 5.27 ERA.Kansas City’s starter will be right-hander Jakob Junis (7-12, 4.53), who is coming off the first complete game of his career in his last start on Aug. 28. In a 6-2 win over Detroit Enos Slaughter Jersey , Junis pitched nine innings while throwing 104 pitches, allowing two runs and six hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks.Junis’ last start against Cleveland was a 9-3 loss on July 2. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs (eight earned) with eight hits, two strikeouts and one walk.In two starts against the Indians this year, Junis is 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA. In four career appearances (three starts) vs. Cleveland, he is 0-2 with an 8.05 ERA.Before Sunday’s game, the Indians activated right-hander Neil Ramirez off the disabled list.