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Yankees Second Base Job Down To Tyler Wade, Gleyber Torres

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The race is heating up for the New York Yankees 2nd baseman gig as it apparently is set to go down to the wire.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is keeping his cards close to his chest in terms of what he is thinking of the 2nd base battle between Tyler Wade and Gleyber Torres.

Could the battle come down to the last minute of spring training?

“Possibly,” Boone said on Friday, according to NJ.com.

“We have good options and guys are making it so it is a decision. Guys are playing well and continuing to keep themselves in that conversation.

“It’s fluid, though. It could be something that comes down to the end. It could be something that we name earlier. It just kind of depends. All the guys kind of vying for it are still guys that we want to see and on some level, very excited about.”

While Wade and Torres are the big names in the mix, it appears it is not just a 2-man race as Danny Espinosa is made a couple of starts at 2nd. Wade and Torres have made at least 5 starts a piece.

Jace Peterson and Ronald Torreyes haven’t received the playing time at 2nd to truly factor in.

Wade may have the edge due to his lefty bat fitting into a righty dominant lineup and he is also hitting above .300 this spring.

Torres and Espinosa have both struggled at the plate, but Torres is touted as the 2nd baseman of the future and the Yankees have invested a lot in that notion, so that could help push Torres in the end.

 

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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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