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Twins Sign Bullpen Veteran Addison Reed To Two-Year Contract

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The Minnesota Twins further improved their bullpen on Monday, as right-handed reliever Addison Reed signed a two-year deal worth $16.75 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reported.

Reed, 29, is entering his ninth Major League season. He’s pitched for four teams and has posted a 3.40 ERA in 410 games without making a start. Most recently, he pitched for the Boston Red Sox this past year, posting a 3.33 ERA in 29 games after being acquired at the trade deadline.

The veteran Reed joins a new-look Twins bullpen which includes offseason free agent signings Fernando Rodney and Zach Duke.

Reed has closing experience in his career, notching up 125 saves in 153 opportunities. For the New York Mets in 2017 before getting dealt to Boston, he had 19 saves in 21 chances. From 2012-14 for the Chicago White Sox, he had 101 saves in 119 chances- but his ERA in those three years was a not-so-great 4.22.

The last two years has seen Reed post an ERA of 2.40 (1.97 in 2016) in 157 games, certainly upping his value.

With Rodney, who’ll be 41 by Opening Day, Reed’s signing gives the Twins some solid insurance in case Rodney goes down at any point. Reed can take over at any point for closing duties.

Bollinger also mentioned in his article that the Twins are still interested in free agent starting arms such as Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn, and Jake Arrieta.

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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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