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Twins Sign Veteran Closer Fernando Rodney To One-Year Deal

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The Minnesota Twins have found their new closer- as well as oldest member of the team.

Long-time right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney officially signed with Minnesota on Friday to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million with a club option after agreeing to a deal on Thursday night prior to passing a physical, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports.

Minnesota will be Rodney’s eight team in his soon-to-be 16th Major League season, and sixth since the start of 2015.

Rodney, who turns 41 in March, was 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 61 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017, converting 39 saves in 45 chances.

The journeyman Rodney takes over for Matt Belisle as the Twins’ closer. Belisle converted nine of 11 save opportunities in the final two months of 2017 after Brandon Kintzler (who was 28 for 32 in saves) was dealt to the Washington Nationals prior to the trade deadline.

Trevor Hildenburger, an impressive 26-year-old rookie in 2017, was considered to be a candidate to take over as closer in 2018; but at the end of the day, the Twins considered Rodney to be the better option.

“I’m excited about the team because they have a lot of young guys,” said Rodney per MLB.com. “They’re (Minnesota) a good team. They’re in a good position to win this year. I’m coming here to win.”

In 828 career games (all in relief) since his Major League debut in 2002, Rodney is 44-63 with a 3.73 ERA, and 300 saves in 336 opportunities. Since 2008, he’s recorded 280 of those saves, as well as five seasons with at least 37 or more (two seasons with a career-high 48).

Rodney mentioned that the Twins pursued him aggressively, saying, “They (the front office) liked me, physically and mentally, what kind of person I am outside the ballpark. I’m a good teammate. I like closing games. I want to be part of the group. I think we have a good chance to win the division.”

The three-time All-Star (’12, ’14’, ’16) is fifth among active pitchers in appearances and saves. In order, he’s pitched for the Tigers, Angels, Rays, Mariners, Cubs, Padres, Marlins, and D’Backs.

Rodney’s signing comes two days after the Twins signed starting pitcher Michael Pineda, who’s likely to miss all of 2017, to a two-year deal.

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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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