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Daniel Palka was traded to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday for Chris Herrmann.
Although Palka struck out 164 times in 129 games as a 23-year-old at High-A in 2015, he managed a .280/.352/.532 line, 29 homers and 24 steals, while also appearing at all three outfield positions. The Twins did reasonably well acquiring Palka, who stands 6-foot-2 and hits from the left side, in exchange for a light-hitting backup catcher.
Travis Shaw suffered "an impingement" in his right shoulder during the opener of the Puerto Rico Winter League and will require a few weeks to recover, the Boston Herald reports.
Boston Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski confirmed the nature of the injury, while stating that Shaw will spend the next two-and-a-half weeks in therapy, thereby ending the winter-ball stint after one game. He should be fine by the time spring training rolls around, at which point he'll compete for a gig in the corner infield.
Albert Pujols underwent a surgical procedure on his foot recently, and is expected to return to full baseball activities in four to five months.
This procedure will keep the slugger out until mid-to-late March which will put his Opening Day status in question. Most signs are pointing to him not being ready for Opening Day, but it won't likely keep him out of the lineup for a long period of time. CJ Cron will be the expected fill-in until Pujols can return.
Logan Morrison has been traded to Tampa Bay as part of a six-player trade, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Morrison has been dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays along with Danny Farquhar and Brad Miller in exchange for Nathan Karns, C.J Riefenhauser, and Boog Powell. The 28-year-old Morrison struggled all season to get on base (.302 OBP) and his power numbers dwindled in the second half, registering just five home runs after the break. He'll add some versatility to the Rays given that he can play first base and left field.
A.J. Reed has been shut down for the rest of the Arizona Fall League season, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This move seems primarily rest related as the Houston Astros would like to have the 22-year-old fully healthy come spring training. In 205 at-bats in Double-A Corpus Christi, Reed posted a stellar .332/.405/.571 slash line to go along with 11 home runs and 46 RBI. He will have to earn the opportunity to displace the incumbent first baseman Chris Carter on the depth chart, but if he winds up staying with the club during the regular season Reed could bring some value for fantasy owners.
One-time premier power prospect Kyle Blanks has been outrighted off the 40-man roster by the Texas Rangers , per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Blanks had surgery on both of his Achilles near the beginning of September and it remains to be seen how healthy he might be heading into the offseason. The 29 year old does have the option to become a free agent, so it remains to be seen whether he will accept his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock.
Mitch Moreland is in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS Friday against the Blue Jays, Texas Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake reports.
Moreland was held out of Thursday's lineup with the Rangers using a righty-heavy lineup against Blue Jays ace David Price, but he will replace Mike Napoli at first base for Friday's contest. With Adrian Beltre (back) not starting Friday, Prince Fielder will move up to the third spot in the order, and Moreland will hit cleanup for the Rangers.
Mike Napoli is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS Friday against the Blue Jays, according to Texas Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake.
Napoli, who went 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 1, will be replaced in the lineup by Mitch Moreland with the Rangers facing right-hander Marcus Stroman on Friday afternoon.
Chris Colabello is in the lineup for Friday's ALDS matchup with the Rangers, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
After being limited to bench duty in Game 1, Colabello will take Justin Smoak's spot in the lineup for Game with southpaw Cole Hamels getting the start for the Rangers. He will hit sixth in the Toronto Blue Jays ' batting order.
Justin Smoak is not in the lineup for Friday's ALDS matchup with the Rangers, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.
Smoak start Thursday's game at first base, but it will be Chris Colabello getting the nod there Friday with left-hander Cole Hamels on the bump for the Rangers.