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Houston made a notable move Friday, signing Cuban prospect Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million deal.
Gurriel has been described as one of the greatest players in recent Cuban history and was the best player in Cuba before he left. He played for the Yokohama DeNa BayStars as recently as 2014, and hit .304/.349/.536. He figures to have mid-range line drive power.
Texas is expected to be active leading up to the trade deadline and has expressed interest in Jonathan Lucroy.
Yu Darvish, set to return to the Rangers’ rotation Saturday, might be one of the biggest additions to the club’s roster this summer.
Chris Archer is drawing interest on the trade market, but the Rays are laughing at the offers that have been made.
San Francisco lost some catching depth:
#sfgiants have released catcher George Kottaras from his AAA contract. He was in camp this spring.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) July 14, 2016
Houston isn’t considering parting ways with Bregman:
It hasn’t been a great season for Oakland:
Fernando Rodriguez has been told lat tear near rotator cuff to cost him 4-6 weeks on DL. "Much longer than I'd expected," he said #Athletics— John Hickey (@JHickey3) July 15, 2016
Edward Mujica is joining the Royals:
Mujica's deal with Royals includes 8/7 opt-out date.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 15, 2016
Teams seeking a lefty could express interest:
The #Royals have released veteran left-hander Joe Beimel, who was at Omaha— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 15, 2016
Miami reached a deal with its first round draft pick:
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