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Craig Bjornson To Take Over As Bullpen Coach For Red Sox

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Following Dana Levangie’s promotion to pitching coach, the Boston Red Sox have found his replacement to take over as the team’s new bullpen coach- Craig Bjornson.

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reported Sunday afternoon that- “according to sources”- Bjornson will indeed take over.

Bjornson, 48, has been the bullpen coach for the Houston Astros for the last four seasons, and five of the last six. He rejoins new manager Alex Cora, as Cora was Houston’s bench coach in their 2017 championship season.

With Bjornson’s addition, the Red Sox have completed their new and revamped coaching staff for 2018. Bjornson joins Tom Goodwin (1B), Carlos Febles (3B), Ron Roenicke (bench), Tim Hyers (hitting), Andy Barkett (assistant hitting), and Ramon Vazquez (quality control) as new coaching hires after Cora was named manager.

Despite being widely liked by players, the Astros weren’t set to bring Bjornson back next season.

2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel credits Bjornson with helping him revamp his game.

With the coaching staff all set, it’s now time to see what players the Red Sox bring in this offseason.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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