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Diamondbacks Claim Former Pitching Prospect Henry Owens Off Waivers From Red Sox

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Just two days after being released by the Boston Red Sox, left-hander Henry Owens was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Owens, 25, didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2017.

A former first-round pick by the Red Sox in 2011, Owens entered the 2015 season as the organization’s top prospect. He made his Major League debut on August 4 of that year, going 4-4 in 11 starts for Boston with a 4.57 ERA in 63 innings; but in 2016, was 0-2 in five starts with a 6.95 ERA, including 20 walks in 22 innings.

In 26 Minor League starts in 2017 (14 in triple-A Pawtucket, 12 in double-A Portland), Owens was 7-11 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 126 innings pitched. His walks-per-nine rate was 8.21, nearly three free passes higher than his 2016 mark of 5.3 across 137 2/3 innings coming entirely for the triple-A Paw Sox (10-7, 3.53 ERA).

Since Owens was showing no signs of improving his control, the Red Sox ultimately decided someone else would be a better fit on their 40-man roster.

A primary starting pitcher, Owens has made only one professional relief appearance, which came in 2012 for the Greenville Drive, Boston’s class-A affiliate.

Owens reunites in Arizona with general manager Mike Hazen, who held the same position for the Red Sox from September 2015 to October 2016 after being promoted from senior vice president/assistant general manager.

For Owens, this is great for him. The Red Sox weren’t giving him any more chances; but by joining Arizona, has a legitimate chance to rejuvenate his career. He just needs to improve on his control which has gotten worse every year since 2014.

A change of scenery- joining a smaller market- can help him do that. Solid pickup for the D’Backs.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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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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