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Angels Win Sweepstakes For Two-Way Phenom Shohei Ohtani

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It’s official- Shohei Ohtani is taking his talents to LA.

Nez Balelo, Ohtani’s agent, broke the news in a statement on Friday afternoon.

“This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism. In the end, he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball,” said Balelo.

According to MLB.com’s Maria Guardado, the Angels are expected to use their remaining $2.315 million in international slot money to sign Ohtani. In addition, Los Angeles will pay a posting fee of $20 million to the Nippon-Ham Fighters, who posted Ohtani last Friday.

Ohtani, 23, is perhaps the most coveted international free agent in Major League history. He’s one year removed from winning the Pacific League MVP Award, after posting a 1.86 ERA in 140 innings with 174 strikeouts (by the way, he can throw 100 mph), and hitting .322/.416/.588 with 22 dingers in 382 at-bats. So it’s no surprise that he does everything, as the numbers don’t lie.

Plus, Ohtani’s coming at a huge bargain. He could’ve waited two years to come to the majors as an unrestricted free agent and command up to at least $200 million given his ability. But as we all know, anyone under 25 is subject to international signing rules, and Ohtani’s maximum signing bonus was $3.357 million.

Speaks volumes!

Two of Ohtani’s newest teammates took to social media:

Ohtani is expected to join the Angels’ starting rotation in 2018 as well as be a part-time designated hitter. In order to create more at-bats for Ohtani, Albert Pujols is expected to play more games at first base.

The Ohtani era begins. We here at Home Run Daily can’t wait to see how things play out for him in year one!

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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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