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Eric Hinske Hired By Angels As New Hitting Coach

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The Los Angeles Angels officially announced yesterday the hiring of Eric Hinske to take over as the hitting coach, replacing Dave Hansen.

Hinske, 40, has served as the first-base coach for the Chicago Cubs the last four seasons, and assistant hitting coach the last three.

The former 12-year Major League veteran played from 2002-13 for seven different teams. Hinske won the 2002 AL Rookie of the Year award for the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .279 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs.

Hinske was traded by Toronto to the Boston Red Sox in August 2006, and won a World Series ring with them in 2007. He went on to play with the Tampa Bay Rays (2008), Pittsburgh Pirates (2009), New York Yankees (2009), Atlanta Braves (2010-12), and Arizona Diamondbacks (2013).

The Angels hope Hinske will improve a 2017 offense that finished 27th in the majors in slugging percentage (.397) and 28th in batting average (.243).

Overall in 1,387 career games, Hinske hit .249/.332/.430 with 240 doubles, 137 homers, and 522 RBIs.

In addition to his 2007 World Series ring, Hinske won another in 2009 for the Yankees and as a coach for the Cubs in 2016.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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