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Angels Lock Up Justin Upton With New Five-Year, $106 Million Deal

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As announced on Thursday, the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a five-year, $106 million deal with left fielder Justin Upton.

Upton was acquired by the Angels from the Detroit Tigers on August 31 of this year. At the conclusion of 2017, he had four years and $88 million remaining on his contract with Detroit (six years, $132.75 million overall); and instead of pursuing free agency, decided to stay with the Angels with a fifth year tacked on to his current contract.

The 30-year-old posted the following on Thursday:

Upton, the #1 pick in the 2005 MLB draft, is a career .269/.348/.479 hitter across 11 Major League seasons with five teams since 2007 (Arizona, Atlanta, San Diego, Detroit, Los Angeles). He’s also a four-time All Star, two-time Silver Slugger, and has hit 25+ home runs seven times (256 career).

2017 was perhaps Upton’s best offensive season to date. He set career highs with 35 homers, 44 doubles, 109 RBIs, a .540 slugging percentage, and .901 OPS in 152 games with the Tigers and Angels.

After being acquired by the Angels, Upton hit .245/.357/.531 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 27 games.

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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