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Red Sox, Orioles Reportedly Discussing Potential Manny Machado Trade

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In the past few days, several sources have reported that the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles are discussing a trade that would send third baseman Manny Machado to Boston.

Now this would definitely be awkward for the three-time All-Star Machado, if he were to be traded to the Red Sox. After all, he ripped the team in a profanity-laced tirade following a series of events in late April and early May, holding nothing back:

Before saying he lost “mad respect” for the organization in a much calmer interview:

At this point, there’s certainly no love to be lost between Machado and the Red Sox.

Details of possible trade deals haven’t been released, such as who Boston would give up to acquire Machado. One famous Red Sox blogger isn’t buying the possibility though:

Machado, 25, has been a six-year member of the Orioles since making his Major League debut in 2012. He’s regarded as one of the best all-around third basemen, winning two Gold Gloves (2013, 2015). His offensive isn’t too bad either; he’s recorded at least 33 homers and 86 RBIs in each of the last three seasons.

While the slugging 6’3” Machado at hitter-friendly Fenway Park would seem like a good fit, the idea in general of him playing for the Red Sox seems strange, considering his very public disdain for the team. Still, if the deal is right for both general managers, don’t rule it out. After all, this is a business.

Overall, Machado is a career .279/.329/.476 hitter with 138 homers and 406 RBIs. This past season, he hit .259, which set a career-low in the four full seasons he’s played (2013, 2015-17).

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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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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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