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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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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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