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ICYMI: Mariners’ Jean Segura Says He Was Assaulted And Robbed By Dominican Cops

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In a since-deleted post on his Instagram account last Thursday, Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura says he was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint by police in his native Dominican Republic.

Following Segura’s claim, the Dominican National Police posted a tweet on their Twitter account indicating a commission had been arranged to investigate.

According to ESPN, Segura wrote the following message in Spanish before deleting his post: “DICAN stops me while carrying rifles, they beat me up, throw me to the floor, steal my belongings and crash my car, as if I were some kind of criminal. … Today (it’s happened to) me, tomorrow, yet another ballplayer who only does things right for his country will be the next one. I’m a married father of two, and if those officers shot at me, that would have been it. And yet people complain because we leave our country.”

DICAN is the Domincan Republic’s anti-drug police. According to CBS Sports, the organization has been “cited for extortion and drug trafficking charges on multiple occasions in recent years.”

Segura, 27, hit .300/.349/.427 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs for the Mariners in 2017, his first season with the team after being acquired in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks last November. His 2016 campaign was his only as a D’Back as well as his breakout season, hitting .319/.368/.499 with a career-high 20 homers, 64 RBIs, 41 doubles, 102 runs, 319 total bases, and a National League leading 203 hits.

The six-year shortstop has been in the majors since 2012, first appearing for the Los Angeles Angels (one game) before spending the remainder of that season (44 games) with the Milwaukee Brewers. He enjoyed three full years for Milwaukee from 2013-15, and enjoyed his lone All-Star appearance in 2013, stealing a career-high 44 bases that year (at least 20 steals each year since then).

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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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