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Indians Sign Melky Cabrera to Minor League Deal

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The Cleveland Indians have recently signed former Royals outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The Indians are very familiar with Melky because he has spent the previous seasons with division rival’s Chicago and Kansas City.

Melky, 33, still has a lot of baseball left in him. He is coming off a 2017 campaign where he batted .285, launched 17 homers, and drove in 85 RBIs. Melky, like most free against this past winter could not find a home based on teams not willing to pay out the big dollars for big bats and saving up for the upcoming 2018 free agent class.

This could be a much needed addition for the Tribe based on the production that the outfield has done thus far this season.

Michael Brantley is off to a hot start, but the likelihood of him staying healthy is still to be predetermined. Bradley Zimmer has shown flashes that he can be the everyday center fielder for but has not found that touch offensively just yet. Lonnie Chisenhall will be on the disabled list for at east another six weeks. Tyler Naquin has shown some promise but not on a consistent enough basis, and Rajai Davis is a clubhouse leader, but is at the point in his career where he cannot play everyday.

Pending that Melky passes his physical, he will head out to Arizona for extended spring training and then head to Class AAA Columbus to get some more at bats.

Melky could take over as the Indians everyday right fielder when he is ready to come up to the majors. This is great news for a team that has struggled offensively to start the year and could use more offensive production from its outfield.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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