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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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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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