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In his brief MLB career, Almonte has never been a great hitter, although he was impressive in 51 games with the Indians in 2015. His career line in 560 plate appearances is .244/.297/.378, and while his offensive contributions won't necessarily be missed, his suspension does throw a wrench into Cleveland's plans. However there is a potential solution waiting in the free agent pool.
Dombrowski on Farrell/urgency: 'I feel urgency and I just signed a five-year contract.'— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) February 26, 2016
Drew Stubbs signed a minor league deal to join the Rangers:
Drew Stubbs is signing with the #Rangers, source says. Non-roster deal with big league invite.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) February 26, 2016
Neal Cotts heads to the Astros on a minor league contract:
neal cotts minors deal w/ astros pays $1.5M if in majors plus $1.25M incentives. can request release if not in mlb 3/26, 6/1— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2016
Rafael Betancourt is calling it a career:
A Jay Bruce trade does not appear to be imminent:
Dick Williams says nothing is close on the Jay Bruce trade front or signing of Cuban SS Rodriguez. #reds— John Fay (@johnfayman) February 25, 2016
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