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Cardinals Trade 2016 All-Star Rookie Shortstop Aledmys Diaz To Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays have added to their infield, as shortstop Aledmys Diaz was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday for Minor League outfielder J.B Woodman.

Diaz, 27, made the National League All-Star squad as a rookie for St. Louis in 2016. Overall that season, he hit .300/.369/.510 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs in 404 at-bats, finishing fifth in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

Woodman, 22, was a second-round pick for Toronto in 2016. He was the organization’s No. 28 prospect prior to the trade, MLB.com reported per MLBPipeline.com. In 96 games for the class-A Lansing Lugnuts in 2017, Woodman posted a less-than-impressive .699 OPS.

This past season, Diaz regressed from his impressive rookie campaign, hitting .259/.290/.392 with just 24 extra-base-hits in 79 games. Midway through the year, he was demoted to the minors after rookie Paul DeJong’s offensive production landed him the starting job at shortstop.

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins listed a versatile infielder (Diaz made appearances at second base, third base, and even left field in 2017) as a top priority during last month’s general manager meetings.

“Our priority is complementing our infield in some way with versatility. Someone not that can just play when needed, but someone who could potentially get 600 plate appearances across our infield in some form or fashion,” said Atkins at the time.

Diaz, who signed a four-year, $8 million deal with the Cardinals out of Cuba prior to 2016, is excited to begin fresh with Toronto.

“I want to be an everyday player in the big leagues. That’s why I wanted to get work at second base and third base. It gives me more options, and hopefully an organization will give me a chance to play every day. That’s what I want to do,” said Diaz, who’s under control with Toronto through 2022.

The signing of Diaz came one day after the Blue Jays announced that infielder Ryan Goins wouldn’t be returning in 2018. Goins appeared in 87 games at shortstop in 2017 out of his 143 totals games.

Diaz is expected to make starts consistently throughout the middle-infield for the Blue Jays next year, with an occasional outfield start if needbe.

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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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