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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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Royals Name Mike Matheny Manager

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The Kansas City Royals have officially named Mike Matheny as their new manager, via a team announcement.

“Our entire organization is delighted to announce and celebrate the hiring of Mike Matheny,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. “Every department has had the pleasure to work and interact with him this past season. Through this interaction, it became very clear to our leadership team that Mike is the obvious person to lead our baseball team. Mike Matheny is a passionate leader with strong virtues, intelligence, and a relentless commitment to help players reach their full potential.”

Matheny, 49, played 13 seasons in the majors and then had a solid run as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012 up until the midway point of the 2018 season.

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Orioles Outright Mason Williams

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The Baltimore Orioles have outrighted outfielder Mason Williams, according to the International League transactions page.

Williams slashed .308/.371/.477 over 494 plate appearances in Triple-A during the 2019 season, and he was added to the Orioles’ big league rosters late in the season.

Williams failed to make an impact over his 11-game stint in the big leagues.

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Blue Jays Outright Brock Stewart, Buddy Boshers

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Buddy Boshers

The Toronto Blue Jays made a pair of moves this week by outrighting relievers Brock Stewart and Buddy Rogers.

The Blue Jays will also outright reliever Ryan Dull as he has been designated for assignment.

Stewart, 28, had spent his entire career playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to being picked up by Toronto on the waiver wire at the trade deadline.

Boshers, 31, posted a 4.05 ERA over 20 innings and 28 appearances.

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