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Diamondbacks Acquire Ex-Closer Brad Boxberger From Rays

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have bolstered their bullpen, as right-handed reliever Brad Boxberger was acquired Thursday in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Minor League right-handed prospect Curtis Taylor.

Boxberger, 29, led the American League with 41 saves (47 chances) in 2015 for the Rays- his only full season as a closer.

Taylor, 22, was a fourth-round draft pick for the Diamondbacks in 2014. Prior to getting dealt, he was Arizona’s No. 14 prospect, as MLB.com reported per MLBPipeline.com.

Due to injuries, Boxberger’s been limited to only 57 appearances in the last two years; however, 2017 saw him finish on a strong note, as he posted a 0.96 ERA in his final nine appearances, lowering his ERA from 4.50 to 3.38 after making his season debut on June 30.

“Going into the offseason, we knew we needed to focus on supplementing the bullpen, adding to the back end of the bullpen specifically,” said D’Backs general manager Mike Hazen. “And we feel like he (Boxberger) fits all that stuff for us. He has the ability to close, he has the ability to pitch in late/leverage roles and we still maintain our flexibility in terms of who else we may add to the bullpen. We think he’s an important piece.”

“He finished the season healthy, and we obviously went through a full medical check and we feel good about it,” Hazen added.

In six Major League seasons since 2012, Boxberger has posted a 3.19 ERA and .212 BAA while striking out 11.57 batters-per-nine in 231 relief appearances.

Arizona has control of Boxberger through 2019.

Parting ways with Taylor was difficult for Hazen; but if it means acquiring a proven arm like Boxberger, he’s all in.

“He’s (Taylor) got a great arm and he was obviously a high pick, but we know that in a trade like this, to get a controllable reliever like Brad, that we were going to have to give up something pretty good,” said Hazen.

Boxberger joins a D’Backs bullpen that posted a 3.78 ERA in 2017, the fifth best mark in the majors.

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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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