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Good morning, baseball fans! We hope you weren’t too overwhelmed with the flurry of contract news this weekend. To start your morning off on the right foot, we offer you this heartwarming Saturday Night Live clip featuring another American staple, the Chicago Cubs.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the American League East.
The Mariners have acquired Carlos Ruiz from the Dodgers.
“The Mariners have acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Dodgers, a major-league source has confirmed to SB Nation. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman first reported the news.
The return to Los Angeles is not yet known. Seattle will exercise Ruiz’s $4.5 million option for next season.”
Scott Kazmir will be opting in to the last two years left on his contract with the Dodgers.
“Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir has decided to opt in to the final two years of his contract, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Kazmir will earn $32 million through 2018 instead of opting for free agency.”
The Rockies have finally hired a manager: Bud Black.
“The Rockies have hired Bud Black as their new manager, as first reported by Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports. Black will officially be announced as the club’s new skipper in the coming days.”
Yoenis Cespedes has officially opted out of his contract with the Mets.
Mets have been notified of cespedes' decision to opt out. He leaves $47.5M/2 years to gain free agency. Expected move.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 5, 2016
The Cubs have declined their club option on pitcher Jason Hammel.
“The Cubs have declined their $12 million team option on right-hander Jason Hammel, according to a club announcement. Hammel is owed a $2 million buyout.”
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Today in baseball: On November 7th, 1989, Baltimore's Gregg Olson became the first relief pitcher to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award.