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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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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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