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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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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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