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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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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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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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