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TGIF, baseball fans! Still recovering from that riveting World Series? Same. However, we’re recovering more from the first day without the chance of baseball in a while. The upside? Team are making their moves now to ensure their 2017 outlook is good? The downside? 150 sleeps left until Opening Day.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the American League East.
The Angels have acquired Cameron Maybin from the Tigers.
“The Tigers have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Angels for minor-league right-hander Victor Alcantara, a source confirms to SB Nation. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com first reported the deal.
Maybin’s contract calls for a $9 million club option for next season, which the Angels will pick up. Detroit was reportedly debating between exercising the option or paying Maybin a $1 million buyout.”
Seattle will exercise the club option on Seth Smith and deny the option to Chris Ianetta.
“The Mariners have exercised their $7 million option on outfielder Seth Smith and declined their $4.25 million option on catcher Chris Iannetta, a major-league source confirms.”
Jay Bruce and Jose Reyes have been given options for 2017, while Jon Niese and the Mets will once again be parting ways.
“The Mets will be exercising Jay Bruce’s $13 million club option for 2017, as reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Bruce was the team’s main acquisition of the trade deadline, joining the Mets as part of a trade that sent Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell to the Reds.”
The Phillies have declined options on both Ryan Howard and Charlie Morton, handing both players buyouts on their contracts.
“The Phillies have declined club options on first baseman Ryan Howard and right-hander Charlie Morton, according to a club announcement. Howard’s option was for $23 million, while Morton’s was worth $9.5 million.
Howard will receive a $10 million buyout, while Morton will receive $1 million. All told, the decisions represent a savings of $21.5 million for Philadelphia.”
A potential move that has split Red Sox fans down the aisle has finally been made. Boston has extended an option to Clay Buchholz, declining Ryan Hanigan’s option.
“The Red Sox made their two option decisions Thursday, exercising a $13.5 million option on right-hander Clay Buchholz and declining a $3.75 million option on catcher Ryan Hanigan. The moves were first reported by Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.
Hanigan will earn an $800k buyout and will test free agency this winter.”
The Twins have hired Thad Levine as their new general manager.
OFFICIAL: #MNTwins name Thad Levine Senior Vice President and General Manager. Infographic: https://t.co/3VdwtS2hkc pic.twitter.com/cYkE0MpISh— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) November 3, 2016
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