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Royals Extend Qualifying Offers To Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas

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As of 5 PM ET on Monday, free agency in Major League Baseball is officially underway; and three of the core players on the Kansas City Royals are now free agents.

On Monday, the team extended $17.4 million qualifying offers to Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas. They were three of nine players in baseball to receive a qualifying offer.

The trio of Royals have 10 days to accept or decline their offer, and are free to negotiate with other ballclubs during that time; all three are expected to decline by the November 16 deadline.

Kansas City will receive “a compensatory draft pick based on the value of the contracts those players sign elsewhere” with each declined offer, FOX Sports reports.

Cain, Hosmer, and Moustakas have been teammates on the Royals since 2011, winning a World Series championship together in 2015.

All three players are coming off excellent 2017 seasons. Cain, 31, hit .300/.363/.455 with 15 homers, 49 RBIs, and 26 steals in 155 games. Hosmer, 28, played in all 162 games and hit .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers and 94 RBIs. Moustakas, 29, had a career year, hitting .272/.314/.521 with career highs in homers (38) and RBIs (85).

The Royals are expected to make a strong push to keep Hosmer, who is respected greatly within the organization for his leadership abilities and work ethic. Losing all three though will be a huge blow for Kansas City, and will create big holes to be filled.

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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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