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Twins, Byron Buxton Interested In Contract Extension

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The Minnesota Twins and center fielder Byron Buxton are reportedly mutually interested in a contract extension, according to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden.

While there is interest from both sides, there is apparently “no traction yet on a multiyear deal”, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press.

Buxton, 24, is still controllable for the next few seasons so the Twins aren’t in any particular rush to get a deal done from a contractual standpoint.

However, Buxton was a big part of the Twins’ improbable 85-win season that ended with a Wild Card playoff berth.

Buxton is also a solid defender in the field and will likely continue to develop into a potential superstar.

Minnesota may want to reward young talent and show players that they are committed to those who they view as cornerstones of the future.

 

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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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