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Rick Ankiel Unlikely to Continue Comeback Attempt

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Rick Ankiel

Former major league pitcher (and outfielder) Rick Ankiel has been attempting a return to playing in the majors, but he is nearing a decision and could end that comeback bid.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold, Ankiel is closing in on “decision time”, and his agent Scott Boras says that it’s unlikely that Ankiel will continue his comeback bid.

Ankiel last played in the majors back in 2013 and announced his intentions to make a comeback back in August 2018.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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