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Athletics Sign Veteran Righty Yusmeiro Petit To Two-Year Deal

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The Oakland Athletics finalized their two-year, $10 million deal with right-handed reliever Yusmeiro Petit on Thursday.

Petit, 32, was reported to have reached an agreement with Oakland just one week prior; the deal was pending a passed physical.

“It’s nice to come to an organization that makes you comfortable. It will help me get used to the team and the culture,” said Petit, speaking to the Associated Press.

The 32-year-old has appeared in 10 Major League seasons for five teams since 2006 (didn’t play in 2010-11). Petit spent 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels, appearing in 60 games (one start) with a 2.76 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings.

Joining the Athletics continues a career trend for Petit of playing on the west coast since his ineffective rookie outing with the Florida Marlins. He was an Arizona Diamondback from 2007-09, and a San Francisco Giant from 2012-15 prior to impressing for the Angels this past season. The year prior, he was a Washington National.

Overall in 257 career games (59 starts), Petit is 28-34 with a 4.31 ERA spanning 628 1/3 innings; however, that mark is 3.59 in 399 innings since returning from his two-year absence in 2012.

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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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