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Angels Win Sweepstakes For Two-Way Phenom Shohei Ohtani

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It’s official- Shohei Ohtani is taking his talents to LA.

Nez Balelo, Ohtani’s agent, broke the news in a statement on Friday afternoon.

“This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism. In the end, he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball,” said Balelo.

According to MLB.com’s Maria Guardado, the Angels are expected to use their remaining $2.315 million in international slot money to sign Ohtani. In addition, Los Angeles will pay a posting fee of $20 million to the Nippon-Ham Fighters, who posted Ohtani last Friday.

Ohtani, 23, is perhaps the most coveted international free agent in Major League history. He’s one year removed from winning the Pacific League MVP Award, after posting a 1.86 ERA in 140 innings with 174 strikeouts (by the way, he can throw 100 mph), and hitting .322/.416/.588 with 22 dingers in 382 at-bats. So it’s no surprise that he does everything, as the numbers don’t lie.

Plus, Ohtani’s coming at a huge bargain. He could’ve waited two years to come to the majors as an unrestricted free agent and command up to at least $200 million given his ability. But as we all know, anyone under 25 is subject to international signing rules, and Ohtani’s maximum signing bonus was $3.357 million.

Speaks volumes!

Two of Ohtani’s newest teammates took to social media:

Ohtani is expected to join the Angels’ starting rotation in 2018 as well as be a part-time designated hitter. In order to create more at-bats for Ohtani, Albert Pujols is expected to play more games at first base.

The Ohtani era begins. We here at Home Run Daily can’t wait to see how things play out for him in year one!

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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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