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Good morning, baseball fans! We hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, this dish is about to get spicy.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the American League West.
The Cardinals have signed Brett Cecil.
“Brett Cecil agreed to a four-year deal with the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan.
The deal could exceed $30 million, according to Passan.”
Speaking of signings, the Royals have re-signed Drew Butera.
“The Royals have re-signed catcher Drew Butera to a 2-year contract, according to a club announcement. Butera will receive $3.8 million in guaranteed money, according to a source.
Butera will receive $1.5 million in 2017 and $2.3 million in 2018, according to a source. He received strong interest from the Astros (before the club acquired Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees) and Blue Jays before deciding to re-up with Kansas City.”
But it can’t all be happy fun signings. The Twins have released Trevor Plouffe.
“Plouffe, frankly, was everything that was wrong with the previous Terry Ryan-led regime in a nutshell. Plouffe chosen in the first round as a shortstop in 2004. He moved very slowly through the Twins system, not debuting until his seventh professional season. It quickly became clear that he could not play shortstop in the Majors, but it was unclear if he had the bat to play anywhere else. He managed to cobble together a few years of decent production in Minnesota, however, eventually pairing a roughly average bat with above average defense at third base.”
With the Arizona Fall League season coming to a close, so is Tim Tebow’s career as a baseball player (probably).
Tim Tebow's Arizona Fall League season came to an end today. Michael Jordan, who played with the same team 22 years earlier, looked better pic.twitter.com/MTBGAknXS4— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 18, 2016
But hey, at least he had fun, right?
Since we brought up minor league teams, we just have to talk about this. Minor league teams are going out of their way to rebrand themselves with ridiculous names. In all honesty, this sports writer is here for it.
We're proud to introduce our new identity - the New Orleans Baby Cakes! pic.twitter.com/6kWLXkRmCf— NOLA Baby Cakes (@cakesbaseball) November 15, 2016
The deeper we get into the postseason, the more managers will lose their jobs. Keep up with that game of chess in one place . Send us a thank you card later.
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