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Mariners Acquire Power-Hitting Ryon Healy From Athletics

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In one of the offseason’s first notable trades Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners acquired corner infielder/designated hitter Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics.

Oakland received right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor League infielder Alexander Campos in return.

As MLB.com’s Greg Johns reported, the Athletics were looking to move Healy after he struggled defensively at third base in 2017 (11 errors in 77 chances). Also, after the emergence of slugging first baseman Matt Olson, Healy lost playing chances there down the stretch.

Healy, 25, hit .271/.302/.451 with 25 homers and 78 RBIs for the A’s in 2017. This followed a solid debut outing in 2016, as he hit .305 with 13 homers in 269 at-bats.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is excited about what the 6’5” Healy brings to the table:

“Ryon brings a power bat to our lineup at first base, while providing the flexibility to play third base as well. He adds to a growing core of productive young players who impact our present and future.”

With the departures of Yonder Alonso and Danny Valencia to free agency, the Mariners had to a hole to fill at first base prior to Wednesday’s deal.

For the Athletics, they’re getting a promising reliever in the 26-year-old Pagan. He made his Major League debut in 2017, appearing in 34 games for Seattle while posting a 3.22 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 50 1/3 innings with 56 strikeouts.

Campos, a 17-year-old from Venezuela, hit .290 in 59 games for the Dominican Summer League Mariners this past season, which was his first as a professional.

Stay tuned with HR Daily for coverage of all big trades and transactions all offseason long!

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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Drew Storen

The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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