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Rangers Sign Veteran Southpaw Mike Minor To Three-Year Deal

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The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday the signing of free agent left-hander Mike Minor to a three-year deal.

According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan per MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Minor’s deal is worth $28 million.

Minor, who turns 30 later this month, spent 2017 as a full-time reliever for the Kansas City Royals, going 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 65 games.

After beginning his career with the Atlanta Braves from 2010-14 (all but one of his 111 appearances were starts), Minor missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to shoulder injuries.

Texas reportedly plans to use Minor as a starter in 2018. He joins Doug Fister as the second major addition to the Rangers’ rotation, joining Doug Fister who inked a one-year deal last Tuesday.

Overall in six Major League seasons, Minor is 44-42 with a 3.93 ERA. His best year was in 2013, when he went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts for Atlanta. His wins, starts, and ERA were all personal bests as a starter, as were his 204 2/3 innings pitched and 1.09 WHIP.

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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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