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Indians Sign Melvin Upton Jr. And Alexi Ogando To Minor League Deals

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After not appearing in a single Major League game this past season, two certain individuals will have a chance to do so in 2018.

The Cleveland Indians officially signed outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and right-hander Alexi Ogando to Minor League contracts last Thursday after the pair passed physicals.

Both signings mark the eighth and ninth newcomers for the Indians this offseason who’ve been offered Minor League deals with invitations to Spring Training.

Upton Jr., 33, was limited to just 12 games for the Sacramento River Cats in 2017- the triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants- due to thumb and shoulder injuries.

Ogando, 34, spent last season for the Hanwa Eagles in Korea, going 10-5 with a 4.34 ERA in 19 games/starts across 110 innings.

According to Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes, the Indians will reportedly seek to use Ogando as a starter, although a bullpen role isn’t out of the question either as the team has lost relievers Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith, and Boone Logan to free agency.

In a seven-year Major League career with the Texas Rangers (2010-14), Boston Red Sox (2015) and Atlanta Braves (2016), Ogando is 33-18 with a 3.47 ERA in 283 games (48 starts). His lone All-Star appearance was 2011, as he went 13-8 with a 3.51 ERA in 31 games (29 starts).

As for Upton Jr., he will look for a fresh start to rejuvenate his career. The once promising five-tool Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect hasn’t been the same since departing the organization following the 2012 season. From 2013-14 for the Atlanta Braves, he hit .198 in 267 games. From 2015-16 for the San Diego Padres, he hit .257 in 179 games; but just .196 in 148 at-bats for the Toronto Blue Jays to end 2016 after the Padres traded him.

Overall in his 12-year Major League career (2004, 2006-16), Upton is a .243/.321/.402 hitter with 164 homers, 586 RBIs, and 300 stolen bases in 392 attempts.

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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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