Tigers trade Cameron Maybin to Angels

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September 25, 2016: Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin (4) singles in the third inning during the game on Sunday afternoon, Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire)

The Detroit Tigers have traded veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels. As a result, the Angels will pick up Maybin’s $9 million club option for the 2017 season.

The Tigers will receive right-hander Victor Alcantara in return for shipping Maybin across the country to the west coast.

With their latest addition now on board, the Angels will shift the perennial center fielder into left field in order to keep slugger Mike Trout in the middle going forward. Even so, it appears that the Angels have found someone to fill the void in left field going forward as a long-term contract may be in he works in order to retain Maybin past 2017.

Last season, in what would become his lone campaign in the “Motor City” this time around, he appeared in 94 games after finding himself injured on more than one occasion along the way. While batting an impressive .315, the 29-year-old also added four home runs and 43 RBI to accompany his .383 on-base percentage.

Prior to arriving in Detroit, Maybin suited up for the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves. However, he originally broke into the big leagues with 24 appearances as a member of the Tigers back in 2007. In 2015, his only season in Atlanta, he batted just .267 with 10 home runs, 59 RBI and a .327 on-base percentage across 141 appearances and 505 at bats.

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Astros claim Nori Aoki off waivers from Mariners

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26 September 2016: Seattle Mariners left fielder Norichika Aoki (8) makes contact file out in the first inning of a baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners at Minute Made Park in Houston, TX. Seattle Mariners defeated Houston Astros 4-3 in eleventh innings. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire)

According to an official statement released by MLB Roster Moves on Thursday afternoon, the Houston Astros have claimed veteran outfielder Norichika “Nori” Aoki off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

Now headed to Texas, Aoki will go on to last just a single season in Seattle after continuing to bounce around the league as a journeyman outfielder and role player. The Japanese-born outfielder originally broke into the big leagues as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers back in 2012. Since that season, he has also suited up for the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.

In 2014, he helped Kansas City reach the World Series and claim an American League Pennant before coming up short against the Giants, ironically enough.

In what would become his lone season as a member of the Mariners, Aoki appeared in 118 games while receiving 417 at bats. As a result, he batted .283 with four home runs and 28 RBI to accompany his respectable .349 on-base percentage. For his big league career, he owns a .286 batting average with 28 home runs and 184 RBI alongside a .353 on-base percentage.

His best single-season effort came as a member of the Brewers during his rookie season in 2012. While appearing in 151 games, he batted .288 with a career-high 10 home runs and 50 RBI alongside a .355 on-base percentage.

In 2016, the Astros missed the postseason despite sporting a dazzling young roster headlined by middle infielders Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve. As a result, it appears that the club is attempting to piece together a rebound season while expecting help from Aoki’s veteran presence.

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Pirates make several coaching changes, hire Tom Prince as bench coach

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28 MAY 2014: Manager Tom Prince of the Marauders during the Florida State League game between the Bradenton Marauders and the Tampa Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

On Saturday morning, the Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced several changes to the club’s big league coaching staff.

With Pittsburgh missing the postseason for the first time since 2012 as a result of a poor performance in 2016, the franchise has elected to name Kimera Bartee as the club’s outfield, base running and first base coach while Joey Cora is slated to serve as Pittsburgh’s infield and third base coach. However, the most notable change will come from within the dugout as Tom Prince has been tabbed as manager Clint Hurdle’s bench coach.

Pirates’ executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington notably made the aforementioned changes on Saturday morning.

Prince spent the 2016 campaign as the Pirates’ minor league field coordinator. While last season served as his 23rd within the club’s organization, it was also his 33rd year in professional baseball overall. Prior to becoming a minor league field coordinator, Prince spent 11 seasons managing within the Pittsburgh farm system while most recently leading Double-A Altoona back in 2015.

A Pirates lifer, Prince was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth-round of the 1984 MLB Draft while later making his big league debut as a member of the franchise in 1987. He went on to play parts of 17 seasons as a big league catcher while also spending time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals along the way.

Now a 52-year-old bench coach, Prince will officially begin his tenure alongside Hurdle come the spring and 2017 regular season.

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Marlins’ Destin Hood, Tomas Telis record first career home runs

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September 6, 2016 Miami Marlins left fielder Destin Hood (68) during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies in Marlins Park in Miami, FL. (Photo by JCS/Icon Sportswire)

With the Miami Marlins out of postseason contention, the club elected to insert several new faces into their lineup for Game 162 against the Washington Nationals. As a result, both outfielder Destin Hood and catcher Tomas Telis registered the first home runs of their big league career. While the tandem of up-and-comers each took Nationals’ […]

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Red Sox to retire David Ortiz’s No. 34 in 2017

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September 11, 2016: Boston Red Sox Designated hitter David Ortiz (34) [1937] prepares to bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photograph by Kevin Sousa/Icon Sportswire)

While the Boston Red Sox typically wait until a player reaches the National Baseball Hall of Fame before retiring their number, the club appears ready to make an exception for heralded slugger David Ortiz. As “Big Papi” will be playing his final regular season game as a big league player on Sunday afternoon against the […]

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Padres add Hunter Renfroe, Manny Margot alongside four others

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10 July 2016: Team USA (11) Hunter Renfroe (SD) during the MLB All-Star Futures Game at PETCO Park in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)

According to an official statement released by the club on Wednesday morning, the San Diego Padres have elected to add a slew of players to their active 40-man roster. However, per the statement, the six new faces will not head to San Diego until Thursday when the Padres host the San Francisco Giants. While the […]

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White Sox’s Jose Abreu sets club record with third 25-homer season

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September 17, 2016: Chicago White Sox First base Jose Abreu (79) hits the ball during the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals played at Kaufman Stadium.

According to a report from ESPN Stats and Info, Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu made some franchise history on Monday afternoon. Despite Chicago’s 8-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Cuban-born slugger became the first player in franchise history to record at least 25 home runs in each of his first three […]

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Marlins activate Wei-Yin Chen from 15-day disabled list

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May 23, 2016, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (54) in action during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays at Marlins Park in Miami, FL. (Photo by JCS/Icon Sportswire)

According to an official statement released by MLB Roster Moves on Monday afternoon, the Miami Marlins have activated starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen from the club’s 15-day disabled list. As a result, the veteran left-hander will make his return to the mound on Monday evening against the Washington Nationals. The 31-year-old southpaw has not pitched in […]

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Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg diagnosed with strained flexor mass

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27 July 2016: Washington Nationals Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) [7239] delivers a pitch to the plate during the first inning of the Major League Baseball Interleague game between the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Despite losing right-hander Stephen Strasburg to an arm injury during Wednesday evening’s matchup against the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals are now hopeful after further examination. According to a report from Dan Kolko of MASN on Thursday afternoon, Strasburg has been diagnosed with a strained flexor mass in his throwing arm. It is also worth […]

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Yankees place Chad Green on 15-day disabled list

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21 Aug. 2016: New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) in action during the first inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo By John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

According to an official statement released by the club on Wednesday morning, the New York Yankees have placed right-handed pitcher Chad Green on the team’s 15-day disabled list. The up-and-comer has been forced to the sideline with what is being referred to only as a right forearm tendon injury. However, presumably to allow Green to […]

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