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Blue Jays Sign Veteran Reliever Tyler Clippard To A Minor League Deal

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The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league deal with right-handed relief pitcher Tyler Clippard.

Clippard’s new deal includes an invite to Major League spring training. The Blue Jays officially announced the signing on Wednesday.

A two-time All-Star, Clippard has an ERA of 3.11 over the course of his 11-year MLB career. The 33-year-old will now get the chance to compete for a spot on the Blue Jays 25-man roster.

Clippard had stints with three different teams during the 2017 season. He began the year with the New York Yankees, but was traded to the Chicago White Sox in July as part of the deal that sent David Robertson, Todd Frazier and Tommy Kahnle to New York. Clippard’s time in Chicago was short-lived however, as he was dealt to the Houston Astros less than a month later. He did not appear in any games for the Astros during the 2017 postseason.

Overall, Clippard went 2-8 with a 4.77 ERA in 67 appearances last season.

As long as he performs well in spring training, Clippard should have a decent chance to earn a spot in the Blue Jays bullpen.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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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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