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Rays Acquire Infielder Ryan Schimpf From Padres

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Tuesday was a busy day for the San Diego Padres. Not only did they bring back old friend Chase Headley in a trade with the New York Yankees, but also dealt infielder Ryan Schimpf to the Tampa Bay Rays for Minor League infielder Deion Tansel.

Schimpf, 29, was a two-year member of the Padres. As a rookie in 2016, he hit .217/.336/.517 in 276 at-bats with 20 homers and 51 RBIs. He regressed in 2017 though, hitting .158/.284/.424 in 165 at-bats with 14 homers and 25 RBIs.

So despite being only 5’9” and just a .195 career hitter, the left-handed hitting Schimpf certainly has plenty of pop. After one homer every 13.8 at-bats his rookie year, that ratio dipped to 11.8 in 2017, although it was in 111 fewer at-bats. Still, solid power, considering he was playing at Petco Park which isn’t known to be hitter friendly.

Third base was Schimpf’s only position in 2017 after mainly playing at second base the previous year.

Tansel, 23, is a 5’8” shortstop and 32nd-round pick of the Rays in 2016. In 2017, he hit .277/.336/.403 with three homers and 33 RBIs for the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York-Penn League.

The acquisition of Schimpf came a day after the Rays acquired 27-year-old second baseman Joey Windle from the Oakland Athletics. Windle, like Schimpf, made his Major League debut in 2016, and is a .266 career hitter in 109 at-bats (only 13 in 2017).

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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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