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Twins And Right-Hander Lance Lynn Agree To One-Year Deal

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The Minnesota Twins have upgraded their rotation as one of the last remaining big-name free agents, right-hander Lance Lynn, has agreed on a one-year deal worth $12 million.

MLB Insider Jon Morosi was the first to break the news:

The Twins have not made an official announcement yet as Lynn still needs to complete and pass a physical.

Lynn, 30, essentially takes the roster spot of Anibal Sanchez, who the Twins released today; Sanchez previously signed a non-guaranteed deal with Minnesota last month.

After missing the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery, Lynn rebounded nicely in 2017, going 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 33 games/starts for the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis is the only team Lynn has pitched for in his six Major League seasons (since 2011), as he holds a career record of 72-47 with a 3.38 ERA in 183 games (161 starts).

Lynn joins newcomer Jake Odorizzi, Jose Berrios, and Kyle Gibson in the Twins’ expected four-man rotation to begin the season; Ervin Santana is looking at a late April or early May return as he recovers from finger surgery.

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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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