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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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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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