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Mike Moustakas, Greg Holland Earn 2017 Comeback Player Honors

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The 2017 Comeback Player of the Year Awards were announced Friday- Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas in the American League, and Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland in the National League.

Both players enjoyed bounce-back seasons after injury-plagued 2016 campaigns.

Moustakas, 29, hit .272/.314/.521 with 38 homers (tied for fifth in the league) and 85 RBIs for the Royals in 2017 after being limited to only 104 at-bats the previous year.

Holland, 32- and Moustakas’s teammate from 2011-15- recorded 41 saves (tied for second most in baseball) in 45 chances for Colorado in 2017 after missing the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery. In addition, he was 3-6 with a 3.61 ERA, and struck out 70 hitters in 57 1/3 innings.

This marks the first time a member of the Royals and Rockies has earned the Comeback Player of the Year Award since Major League Baseball started presenting the honor in 2005.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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