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Braves Claim Right-Hander Chase Whitley Off Waivers From Rays

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The Atlanta Braves lost a right-handed reliever in Jim Johnson on Thursday; however, they filled that hole the next day as Chase Whitley was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Whitley, 28, made a career high 41 appearances in 2017 for the Rays- all in relief. Overall, he was 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA (was 3.36 prior to his second-to-last appearance of the season).

A former 15th-round draft pick by the New York Yankees in 2010, Whitley made his Major League debut in 2014 for New York, going 4-3 with a 5.24 ERA in 24 games (12 starts).

Due to Tommy John surgery, Whitley was limited to just nine total games in 2015 (four for Yankees) and 2016 (five for Rays).

According to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, the Braves are still interested in adding an established closer or setup man to their roster.

The addition of Whitley continues Atlanta’s busy off-season of revamping their bullpen. They claimed left-hander Grant Dayton off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 20, and picked up Minor League left-hander Justin Kelly as part of the Johnson deal.

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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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