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Mariners’ Dee Gordon Locking Up Second Base Job

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Whenever Seattle Mariners infielder Robinson Cano makes his return from an 80-game suspension he may have to share time at 2nd base with Dee Gordon.

Seattle is enjoying a 40+ win record and the top spot in the American League West, and Mariners’ General Manager Jerry Dipoto has been impressed with the play of Gordon, who moved from center field to 2nd base in the wake of Cano’s suspension.

“We have a pretty good idea of what we want to do, but a lot of it is going to be dictated by where we are in the standings,” Dipoto said, according to ESPN.com. “As versatile and athletic as Dee is, it’s not that easy to go play center field for a month-and-a-half and then say, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re going to go play second base in the biggest game of your career when you just haven’t been out there.’ It’s going to take some juggling and we’ll have to figure out a way.

“That could allow for a time-share, so to speak, where we keep everybody sharp. But we do know Dee is going to have to play second base as we come down the stretch. Because if we want to be in the postseason — which we do — then we know who our second baseman is going to be. And it’s going to be Dee Gordon.”

Cano is in the fifth year of a 10-year, $240 million contract with Seattle, and when he makes his return in August it will present an interesting challenge for the now-surging Mariners.

“The one thing we do know is, if we remain as competitive in the standings as we are now — and we think we will — we will have a chance to make perhaps the biggest acquisition of anybody at the deadline in picking up Robinson Cano,” Dipoto said. “Then we have to figure out how to balance all the pieces.

“That’s the stuff we’re going to have to figure out when we get there. We all know that a lot can happen in baseball. First, we have to continue to play well. If we start to get too far ahead of ourselves in allocating playing time in late August and September as we sit here in June, that’s probably not the wisest thing to do.”

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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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