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Angels Acquire Ian Kinsler From Tigers

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The Los Angeles Angels continue their aggressive approach to the offseason by acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers for two minor leaguers Wednesday night, according to ESPN.

The Tigers received 18-year-old right-hander Wilkel Hernandez and 23-year-old outfielder Troy Montgomery in the trade.

Kinsler hit a career-worst .236 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs in 139 games last season for Detroit last season and is due to earn $11 million next season in the final year of his contract.

After landing two-way star Shohei Ohtani, the Angels bolstered their defense and brought a proven veteran into the fold with the acquisition of Kinsler.

Even though Kinsler had a down year in 2017, it is believed that he will be able to bounce back in a better situation in Los Angeles.

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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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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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