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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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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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