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Tuesday Bantering: Travis Snider signs with the Diamondbacks

That, and some absurdly priced premium tickets. Travis Snider, that Toronto Blue Jays outfielder from 2008 to 2011, is still going strong, signing a one-year minor-league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s been assigned to the Reno Aces, Arizona’s triple-A affiliate. He last appeared in the majors in 2015 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and has suffered with injuries since. After electing free agency after the 2017 season, Snider tried his luck in independent baseball, signing with the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks. He’ll turn 31 before the start of the 2019 season. In his...

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Tampa Bay Rays sign RHP Luis Santos to a minor league deal

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Tampa Bay Rays have signed RHP Luis Santos to a minor league deal. Santos will turned 28 in February, and was formerly an international signing by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. He would eventually be dealt to the Kansas City Royals in a four player trade in November of 2012. He slowly climbed the ranks in the Royals system before being released at the end of spring training in 2015, and then picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays. Santos stuck with Toronto for a few years, making his big league debut in 2017. He pitched for Toronto some in 2018...

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Cubs Historical Heroes and Goats: 2003, part 10

The final six games of a 12-game homestand in June. Welcome back. When last we checked in on our 2003 Cubs, they’d dropped four of six to start a four team, 12-game homestand. They’d lost two each to division rival Pirates and Astros (back when they were still in the National League). Their record had fallen to 30-25, still good for a team that had lost more than 90 games a year earlier, but well off of their early season pace. Their division lead was down to a single game. An off day was next and then the Devil Rays and Yankees would come to town. Dusty Baker would get to match wits...

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Rays make Charlie Morton signing official

Morton is now the highest-paid player in franchise history. The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized their deal with right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton, as the veteran pitcher officially signed a two-year, $30M contract with an option for a third season that could pay him up to $15M. Morton, 35, is coming off his 11th season in the majors. He has spent time with the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and Houston Astros, with whom he enjoyed the most success of his career, including winning a World Series title in 2017. This past season may have been the best of Morton’s...