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Mariners Release Pitcher Andrew Albers So He Can Go Play In Japan

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The Seattle Mariners have released left-handed pitcher Andrew Albers so that he can pursue an opportunity in Japan.

The move was announced on Monday night. The Mariners official Public Relations Twitter account tweeted out a statement announcing Albers’ release.

Albers, 32, was traded to the Mariners from the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 11. Before getting traded, he was pitching in the minor leagues for the Gwinnett Braves. In nine appearances for the Mariners this past season (6 starts), he went 5-1 with a 3.51 ERA.

In his brief Major League career, Albers has also had stints with the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays.

Now that the Mariners have granted him release, Albers will go pitch in Japan. In a statement on Twitter, he thanked the Mariners organization and expressed his excitement  about going to play for the Orix Buffaloes.

The Buffaloes are a team in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball Organization. Although his MLB career never really took off, Albers will now have the chance to take his talents overseas and try to have more success there.

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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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