Reds Claim Richie Shaffer, Tyrell Jenkins Off Waivers — MLB Trade Rumors

The Reds announced on Friday that they’ve claimed infielder/outfielder Richie Shaffer off waivers from the Phillies and also claimed right-hander Tyrell Jenkins off waivers from the Rangers. Both players were recently designated for assignment by their now-former organizations. Shaffer, 25, spent parts of the 2015-16 seasons at the Major League level with the Rays but…

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Alex Anthopoulos Discusses Donaldson Deal on MLB Radio


Alex Anthopoulos discusses the Donaldson trade with Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden (MLB Network Radio 11/30/2014)

Brett Lawrie’s reaction to the trade that sent him to Oakland for Josh Donaldson. (MLB Network Radio 11/29/2014)

From Baggage Handler to Miner to Storm Chaser, Matt Fields is Now Trying to Become Royal

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Current Kansas City Royals AAA prospect Matt Fields makes crushing home runs and getting on base look easy for the Omaha Storm Chasers. However, many people don’t know the long and often difficult road that has led him to this point in his career. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2004, Fields spent six years in the organization. With the Rays, he reached as high as AA before being released in 2010.

After his release, Fields took his talents to the independent Frontier League. He spent the entire 2011 season with the Southern Illinois Miners;  However, Fields soon learned that independent baseball is a whole different world than affiliated ball. Although he had a great season, hitting .272 with 17 home runs in 57 games, he realized that independent ball can make a player feel stuck and complacent. There are many players who know that they aren’t going anywhere else, so they have a “whatever” attitude.  Those…

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