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Craig Bjornson To Take Over As Bullpen Coach For Red Sox

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Following Dana Levangie’s promotion to pitching coach, the Boston Red Sox have found his replacement to take over as the team’s new bullpen coach- Craig Bjornson.

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reported Sunday afternoon that- “according to sources”- Bjornson will indeed take over.

Bjornson, 48, has been the bullpen coach for the Houston Astros for the last four seasons, and five of the last six. He rejoins new manager Alex Cora, as Cora was Houston’s bench coach in their 2017 championship season.

With Bjornson’s addition, the Red Sox have completed their new and revamped coaching staff for 2018. Bjornson joins Tom Goodwin (1B), Carlos Febles (3B), Ron Roenicke (bench), Tim Hyers (hitting), Andy Barkett (assistant hitting), and Ramon Vazquez (quality control) as new coaching hires after Cora was named manager.

Despite being widely liked by players, the Astros weren’t set to bring Bjornson back next season.

2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel credits Bjornson with helping him revamp his game.

With the coaching staff all set, it’s now time to see what players the Red Sox bring in this offseason.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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