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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 Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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