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Rays Acquire Infielder Ryan Schimpf From Padres

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Tuesday was a busy day for the San Diego Padres. Not only did they bring back old friend Chase Headley in a trade with the New York Yankees, but also dealt infielder Ryan Schimpf to the Tampa Bay Rays for Minor League infielder Deion Tansel.

Schimpf, 29, was a two-year member of the Padres. As a rookie in 2016, he hit .217/.336/.517 in 276 at-bats with 20 homers and 51 RBIs. He regressed in 2017 though, hitting .158/.284/.424 in 165 at-bats with 14 homers and 25 RBIs.

So despite being only 5’9” and just a .195 career hitter, the left-handed hitting Schimpf certainly has plenty of pop. After one homer every 13.8 at-bats his rookie year, that ratio dipped to 11.8 in 2017, although it was in 111 fewer at-bats. Still, solid power, considering he was playing at Petco Park which isn’t known to be hitter friendly.

Third base was Schimpf’s only position in 2017 after mainly playing at second base the previous year.

Tansel, 23, is a 5’8” shortstop and 32nd-round pick of the Rays in 2016. In 2017, he hit .277/.336/.403 with three homers and 33 RBIs for the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York-Penn League.

The acquisition of Schimpf came a day after the Rays acquired 27-year-old second baseman Joey Windle from the Oakland Athletics. Windle, like Schimpf, made his Major League debut in 2016, and is a .266 career hitter in 109 at-bats (only 13 in 2017).

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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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