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Diamondbacks Claim Former Pitching Prospect Henry Owens Off Waivers From Red Sox

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Just two days after being released by the Boston Red Sox, left-hander Henry Owens was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Owens, 25, didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2017.

A former first-round pick by the Red Sox in 2011, Owens entered the 2015 season as the organization’s top prospect. He made his Major League debut on August 4 of that year, going 4-4 in 11 starts for Boston with a 4.57 ERA in 63 innings; but in 2016, was 0-2 in five starts with a 6.95 ERA, including 20 walks in 22 innings.

In 26 Minor League starts in 2017 (14 in triple-A Pawtucket, 12 in double-A Portland), Owens was 7-11 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 126 innings pitched. His walks-per-nine rate was 8.21, nearly three free passes higher than his 2016 mark of 5.3 across 137 2/3 innings coming entirely for the triple-A Paw Sox (10-7, 3.53 ERA).

Since Owens was showing no signs of improving his control, the Red Sox ultimately decided someone else would be a better fit on their 40-man roster.

A primary starting pitcher, Owens has made only one professional relief appearance, which came in 2012 for the Greenville Drive, Boston’s class-A affiliate.

Owens reunites in Arizona with general manager Mike Hazen, who held the same position for the Red Sox from September 2015 to October 2016 after being promoted from senior vice president/assistant general manager.

For Owens, this is great for him. The Red Sox weren’t giving him any more chances; but by joining Arizona, has a legitimate chance to rejuvenate his career. He just needs to improve on his control which has gotten worse every year since 2014.

A change of scenery- joining a smaller market- can help him do that. Solid pickup for the D’Backs.

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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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