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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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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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Yankees Activate Giancarlo Stanton

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The New York Yankees have officially activated slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the injured list, according to a team announcement.

In a corresponding move, the Yankees have optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman, who was optioned on Monday night.

Stanton has missed the majority of the season, mainly due to a biceps issue, but his stay on the injured was extended due to a shoulder strain, and calf injury that popped up during his rehab.

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