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Padres Welcome Back Chase Headley In Trade With Yankees

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Third baseman Chase Headley is returning to his old stomping grounds.

After two months and three full seasons with the New York Yankees, Headley was dealt back to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday morning.

Headley, 33, made his Major League debut for the Padres in 2007 and played in parts of eight seasons for them before being traded to the Yankees days before the 2014 trade deadline.

The Yankees also sent right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the Padres in addition to Headley. In exchange, New York received outfielder Jabari Blash.

Mitchell, 26, posted a 5.79 ERA in 20 games (one start) for the Yankees in 2017 across 32 2/3 innings. Since making his Major League debut for New York 2014, he’s 2-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 98 1/3 innings spanning 48 games (nine starts).

Blash, 28, hit .213/.333/.341 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 164 at-bats for the Padres in 2017. In 235 career at-bats for San Diego since 2016, he’s a .200 hitter.

Headley hit .262 in 1,750 at-bats for the Yankees. In his three full seasons for them, he averaged 148 games, 12 homers, and 58 RBIs.

In his career, Headley has averaged 15 homers and 68 RBIs per 162 games (1,409 total games). If you exclude his Silver Slugger 2012 campaign where he hit 31 homers and drove in 115 runs over 161 games, his 162-game averages would be 13 homers and 62 RBIs; Headley hasn’t had more than 14 homers and 64 RBIs in any other season.

Headley’s .273 batting average in 2017 was his highest since his 2012 career year when he hit .286. In addition, he’s coming off a solid ALCS against the Houston Astros, going 7 for 18 (.389) in six games.

Overall for his career, Headley’s a .264/.344/.402 hitter with 130 homers, 271 doubles, 592 RBIs, and 93 stolen bases (57 from 2009-12).

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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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