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Tigers Sign Speedy Outfielder Leonys Martin To One-Year Deal

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The Detroit Tigers got a little bit faster on Tuesday, as they signed free agent outfielder Leonys Martin to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.

According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Martin’s deal includes $1.1 million in performance incentives.

Martin, who turns 30 in March, gives the Tigers some much needed depth in the outfield. Prior to his signing, Detroit had just three outfielders with Major League experience on the 40-man roster- Nicholas Castellanos, JaCoby Jones, and Mikie Mahtook.

Known primarily for his speed, Martin is 115 for 151 in career stolen base attempts. His 36 and 31 steals for the Texas Rangers in 2013 and 2014, respectively, were both fifth most in the American League. In addition, his 24 thefts for the Seattle Mariners in 2016 was seventh most.

Martin struggled offensively in 2017. He was designated for assignment- twice- by the Seattle Mariners, after hitting .174 (20 for 115) overall. He was dealt to the Chicago Cubs on the August 31 waiver trade deadline; and despite only 13 at-bats (2 hits), made the Cubs’ NLDS and NLCS rosters, indicating the value that lies within his speed.

Overall, Martin’s a .247/.300/.360 career hitter with 38 homers, 72 doubles, 19 triples, and 176 RBIs. He defected from Cuba in 2010 and made his Major League debut in late 2011 with the Rangers after signing a five-year deal in May of that year.

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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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