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Cardinals Trade Outfielder Randal Grichuk To Blue Jays

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays made a trade on Friday, as St. Louis dealt young outfielder Randal Grichuk to Toronto in exchange for right-handed pitchers Dominic Leone and Conner Greene.

This is the second time this offseason that the Cardinals and Blue Jays have made a swap. On December 1, the Cardinals traded shortstop Aledmys Diaz in exchange for Minor League outfielder J.B. Woodman.

Grichuk, 26, has been a member of the Cardinals since making his Major League debut in 2014, making 110 at-bats that year. In the three years since, he’s averaged 119 games, 21 homers, and 58 RBIs per season, while hitting .249.

Leone, 26, had an impressive 2017 for the Jays. In 65 games, he struck out 10.36 hitters-per-nine while posting a 2.56 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and .202 BAA, all while regaining the dominance he had in 2014 as a rookie for the Seattle Mariners.

Greene, 22, spent 2017 for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats- Toronto’s double-A affiliate- and went 5-10 with a 5.29 ERA in 26 games (25 starts). According to MLB.com’s David Adler per MLB Pipeline, Greene was ranked as the Blue Jays’ #11 prospect.

Grichuk essentially replaces Jose Bautista as the team’s everyday right fielder. Bautista, 37, is currently a free agent, and is not expected to re-sign with Toronto, after hitting a woeful .203 in 587 at-bats in 2017.

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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