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Colorado Rockies sign Alexi Amarista to a major league deal

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Jon Heyman reports that Alexi Amarista signed a one-year major league contract with the Rockies with a club option for 2018.

Big news for the day after Christmas I guess.

Amarista was non-tendered by the Padres to make roster space a few weeks ago after hitting .257/.295/.271 in 65 games last season. He has a .596 career OPS in 1,725 plate appearances. That’s not great, but he’s a useful player defensively, having appeared everyplace except catcher and first base over the course of his career. He’s even pitched a couple of times.

Merry Christmas to Amarista.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.