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Athletics Agree To One-Year Deal With Outfielder Jake Smolinski

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The Oakland Athletics agreed to a one-year, $775,000 contract with outfielder Jake Smolinski on Wednesday evening.

Smolinski was with the Athletics during the 2017 season, but was sidelined for the majority of the year because he had right shoulder surgery during spring training. He returned in September and played in 16 games. In 27 at-bats, Smolinski batted .259.

The 28-year-old has had partial stints in the major leagues over the past four seasons. Smolinski’s best year came in 2016 when he hit .238 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 99 games played for the Athletics.

Now that he is fully healthy, Smolinski will get the chance to compete for a starting spot in the Athletics outfield.

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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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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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