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White Sox Exercise Option On Nate Jones, Decline Option On James Shields

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The Chicago White Sox have made a pair of decisions regarding their roster moving forward.

Chicago has exercised the $4.65 million club option on right-hander Nate Jones and have officially declined a $16 million option on right hander James Shields, opting instead to go the route of a $2 million buyout of Shields’ deal.

Jones missed nearly three months of the 2018 season with a pronator strain in his right arm but still proved the be a solid contributor out of the bullpen.

Shields has been an albatross since arriving to Chicago in free agency, but may have regained some value with a 4.53 ERA season that showed glimpses of a bounce back for the veteran.

 

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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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