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Indians Fill First Base Void With Two-Year Signing Of Yonder Alonso

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After losing long-time slugger Carlos Santana via free agency to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cleveland Indians were without a first baseman.

However, that void has since been filled.

On Saturday, the Indians officially announced the signing of Yonder Alonso to a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $16 million.

According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Alonso will earn $7 million in 2018, and $8 million in 2019. The deal includes incentives- Alonso can vest a $9 million option for 2020 if he records at least 550 plate appearances in 2019, or at least 1,100 in his two years- while passing a physical after 2019. If he fails to reach these benchmarks, 2020 becomes a team option with a $1 million buyout.

Alonso, 30, is thrilled to be joining a contending team.

“All of it was a good situation for me,” said Alonso per MLB.com. “I think one of the biggest things, and the thing I focused on not only with myself, but my family and my agent, was to go to a winning team. I know, like I told (Indians manager Terry Francona) and the rest of the guys there, I know all the losses I’ve had throughout my career and I’m happy now to call Cleveland my home, because I know it’s a winning attitude. It’s a winning organization.”

The eight-year veteran is coming off his best overall season. Alonso split 2017 between the Oakland Athletics (100 games) and Seattle Mariners (42 games), hitting .266/.365/.501 in 451 at-bats with a career-high 28 homers and 67 RBIs. With a homer once every 16.1 at-bats, it was significantly lower than his 53.9 career-mark entering the season (38.1 overall now in 2,554 career at-bats).

Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti mentioned that he was “involved until the end” with trying to bring back Santana, per Bastian; but even with the first base void being filled, Antonetti still remains open to additional moves.

“Our expectation at this point is that this will be one of our significant free-agent acquisitions of the offseason,” said Antonetti. “But we’ll have to see how the next few weeks continue to evolve and what opportunities present themselves on the trade and free-agent market.”

Alonso is career .268/.340/.407 hitter with 67 homers and 306 RBIs for the Cincinnati Reds (2010-11), San Diego Padres (2012-15), Athletics (2016-17), and Mariners.

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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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