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Outfielder Jayson Werth Announces His Retirement

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After 15 seasons in the MLB, outfielder Jayson Werth has decided to retire.

On Wednesday, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reported that Werth told him that he is finished playing baseball. In the article published by Fancred Sports, he was quoted as saying, “I’m done … whatever you want to call it.”

Werth, 39, had been playing for the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. In 36 games, he was hitting .206 with four home runs and 19 RBIs. Recently, Werth was placed on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury. He last played on June 8 in Nashville.

Originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the first round of the 1997 MLB Draft, Werth made his Major League debut in 2002 for the Toronto Blue Jays. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. Werth won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008 and was named to the National League All-Star team in 2009.

He finished with a career batting average of .267 with 229 home runs and 799 RBIs in 15 MLB seasons.

Congrats on a great career, Jayson.

 

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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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