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Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia calls it quits after 17-year career

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One of the Boston Red Sox’ best infielders in franchise history has decided to call it a career.

Dustin Pedroia has announced his retirement from baseball after an illustrious career that spanned 17 seasons and 1,512 combined regular season games.

The 37-year old, who was selected by the franchise in the second round of the 2004 June Draft, earned four All-Star Game selections, four Gold Glove Awards, and three World Series titles throughout his career. He was also a recipient of the American League Rookie of the Year award (2007), American League Most Valuable Player award (2008), and Silver Slugger Award (2008).

“Dustin is so much more than his American League Most Valuable Player award, his All-Star Game selections, and the Gold Gloves he amassed throughout his impressive 17-year career in our organization,” said Red Sox owner John Henry.

“Dustin came to represent the kind of grit, passion, and competitive drive that resonates with baseball fans everywhere and especially with Red Sox fans. He played the game he loves in service to our club, its principles and in pursuit of championships. Most of all we are forever grateful to him for what he brought to our club and to our region as an important role model showing all of us how much one can accomplish with determination and hard work.”

Although his time in baseball was cut short due to the lingering effects of various injuries (played in just 114 games from 2017-2020), he managed to rack up a .299 combined batting average, .365 on-base percentage, .805 OPS, 140 homers, 138 stolen bases and 705 RBI.

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Blue Jays sign reliever David Phelps to one-year deal

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The Toronto Blue Jays have bolstered their bullpen with a veteran arm.

The team announced Thursday that they have inked right-hander David Phelphs to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with a potential of $750,000 in performance bonuses.

The 34-year old has posted a combined 34-38 record, 3.95 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over a span of eight seasons and 291 games with seven different clubs.

Phelps previously played for the Blue Jays in 2019, where he posted a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 combined innings.

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Cardinals in discussions with Rockies about possible trade involving Nolan Arenado

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Could one of the best third baseman in the majors find himself on a new team by the start of the 2021 MLB season? Well, it’s becoming a definite possibility.

According to reports, the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals in discussions with Rockies about a possible trade involving superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado. Although nothing is guaranteed, it appears that the Rockies have been more engaged with the idea of shipping Arenado elsewhere than in previous years. The Atlanta Braves have also checked in on his availability, but we don’t know how far those discussions went.

Arenado, 29, has spent his entire MLB career with the Rockies organization. Over a span of eight seasons, he has posted a combined .293 batting average, .890 OPS, 235 homers and 760 RBI. He has also been selected to five MLB All-Star games, and has eight gold glove awards, four platinum glove awards and four sliver slugger awards under his belt.

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Blue Jays come out of nowhere with Marcus Semien signing

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The Toronto Blue Jays added a big bat, and some defensive versality in the infield with an important signing.

The team has officially inked veteran infielder Marcus Semien to a one-year, $18 million contract on Tuesday evening.

The 30-year old, who mostly played shortstop in his six-year stint with the Oakland Athletics, will slot over to second base with Toronto due to the fact they prioritize developing youngster Bo Bichette at short. Cavan Biggio is expected to spend most of the time at third base while Vladimir Guerrero Jr will be primarily a first baseman but also available to slot in at third when needed.

Semien had an inconsistent 2020 pandemic shortened season, but finished off strong and excelled in the playoffs. His career postseason numbers through nine games is: .371 batting average, 1.021 OPS, 13 hits, two home runs, and four RBI.

He had a breakout campaign in 2019 where he finished third in MVP voting after posting 33 homers and 92 RBI in 162 games.

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