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Tigers Sign Speedy Outfielder Leonys Martin To One-Year Deal

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The Detroit Tigers got a little bit faster on Tuesday, as they signed free agent outfielder Leonys Martin to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.

According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Martin’s deal includes $1.1 million in performance incentives.

Martin, who turns 30 in March, gives the Tigers some much needed depth in the outfield. Prior to his signing, Detroit had just three outfielders with Major League experience on the 40-man roster- Nicholas Castellanos, JaCoby Jones, and Mikie Mahtook.

Known primarily for his speed, Martin is 115 for 151 in career stolen base attempts. His 36 and 31 steals for the Texas Rangers in 2013 and 2014, respectively, were both fifth most in the American League. In addition, his 24 thefts for the Seattle Mariners in 2016 was seventh most.

Martin struggled offensively in 2017. He was designated for assignment- twice- by the Seattle Mariners, after hitting .174 (20 for 115) overall. He was dealt to the Chicago Cubs on the August 31 waiver trade deadline; and despite only 13 at-bats (2 hits), made the Cubs’ NLDS and NLCS rosters, indicating the value that lies within his speed.

Overall, Martin’s a .247/.300/.360 career hitter with 38 homers, 72 doubles, 19 triples, and 176 RBIs. He defected from Cuba in 2010 and made his Major League debut in late 2011 with the Rangers after signing a five-year deal in May of that year.

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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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