The Chicago Cubs are reportedly set to trade starting pitcher Drew Smyly Carlos Ruiz Jersey , who missed the entire 2017 and 2018 seasons because of an elbow injury, to the Texas Rangers.MLB insider Jerry Crasnick first reported the expected deal Friday. Details about the return package weren't immediately announced.The Seattle Mariners acquired Smyly in a January 2017 trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. He left to sign with the Cubs as a free agent in December. He never played a game in the majors for either team.Smyly made a single appearance for the South Bend Cubs, the organization's Single-A affiliate, on Aug. 30 as part of his rehab process. He pitched a perfect inning with three strikeouts, but he wasshut downin early September since he didn't have a chance to return before season's end."I felt very good, which is always my first concern," hetold reportersafter the one-off outing. "It's been 18 months since I've actually played in a game, out there competing. It was an exciting time for me http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , regardless of the level."Chicago's decision to move him came in coordination with picking up a $20 million contract option on fellow starter Cole Hamels:Ken Rosenthal Ken_RosenthalSources confirm: #Cubs picking up Hamels鈥?$20M option, trading LHP Drew Smyly to #Rangers. TEX would have paid Hamels鈥?$6M buyout if CHC declined option. First reported: jcrasnick.Smyly struggled for the Rays in 2016 with a 4.88 ERA across 30 starts. He owns a more reasonable 3.74 career ERA, however, including a 3.11 mark as a starter in 12 starts during the 2015 season.The 29-year-old University of Arkansas product, who has one year left on hiscontract, will compete for a spot in the Rangers rotation during next year's spring training. BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora led Boston to a victory over the hated Yankees. Next up for the first-year Red Sox manager: The team he left after winning a World Series as a bench coach last season.“I’ve been talking about them the whole season, so now we go,” he said after the Red Sox beat New York 4-3 in Game 4 of the AL Division Series to earn the right to play the Houston Astros for the pennant. “Best of seven. They know me. I know them. It should be fun.”An infielder who spent 14 years with six big league teams http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , Cora was in Houston for one year before the Red Sox made him the first minority manager in franchise history — and one of its youngest, too. His first season is already a success, with a franchise-record 108 victories, a third consecutive AL East title and the team’s first playoff series win since 2013.Now he has to do it again — against his former boss, A.J. Hinch, whose Astros swept Cleveland in the ALDS. Games 1 and 2 are Saturday and Sunday before the series moves to Houston for three more, if necessary.“I don’t know too much about them. Just they have a good team,” Cora said coyly on Tuesday night. “What they did to the Indians Jay Buhner Jersey , that was impressive. It seems like they’re playing their best baseball of the season at the right time.”And so are the Red Sox, thanks to Cora.In his first postseason series as a manager, he seemed to make all the right decisions, like starting Brock Holt in Game 3 and seeing him hit for the only postseason cycle in baseball history. And then he put Holt back on the bench in Game 4 and watched Ian Kinsler come through with a key RBI double.“We’re very fortunate to have a guy in A.C., who is not very far removed from playing the game, which definitely helps,” Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes said. “You have a guy who won the World Series last year, so he knows what it takes to win a World Series.“It seemed like every button he’s pushing is the right one. I think he’s got a great feel for the game. He understands the game. He does a great job of managing and communicating with everybody on what’s going on Denard Span Jersey , and I think it showed in this series, and it will be awesome moving forward.”Hinch said he is happy for his former assistant, who was a sounding board on strategy and preparation and took over when Hinch was ejected.“(I’m) trying to remember some things that I told him that I wish I wouldn’t have,” Hinch said Wednesday when the Astros worked out for the first time since learning their next opponent.“The bench coach and the manager are really tight,” Hinch said. “He was obviously right next to me every step of the way. As a bench coach, you’re kind of involved in everything (but) maybe master of nothing when it comes to not being in charge.”Cora also served as a link to the players, a role that has served him well in Boston. Red Sox players — including a couple that were Cora’s teammates when he was with the team from 2005-08 — praised the relatability of their 42-year-old manager after five years with the more traditional and distant John Farrell.The Astros saw it as well.“He was a great coach and he meant a lot to me,” Houston shortstop Carlos Correa said Wednesday. “Getting to spend a full season with him last year was pretty special. I learned a lot of things from him. He’s a brilliant mind. He knows a lot about the game.”Hinch and Cora have maintained a friendship through their year apart http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , even exchanging text messages through the first round.That’s going to stop.“He’s encouraged me. I’ve encouraged him,” Hinch said. “The banter, the conversations will probably minimize a little bit over the next couple of days.”
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