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Rays acquire Trevor Plouffe from Athletics

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The Rays acquired infielder Trevor Plouffe on Saturday and will send a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Athletics, who designated their third baseman for assignment just two days ago. In a corresponding move, right-hander Matt Andriese was shifted to the 60-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his right hip. Plouffe signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal with the A’s for the 2017 season and is set to enter free agency following his run with the Rays. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Rays will receive over $2 million to cover the remaining $3+ million Plouffe is due for the rest of the year.

Plouffe, 31, was booted from Oakland’s roster earlier this week to make space for rookie third baseman Matt Chapman. He batted a meager .214/.276/.357 with seven home runs and a .634 OPS through his first 58 games with the A’s, a far cry from the .260 average he produced over half a season of games with the Twins in 2016.

The Rays aren’t hurting for third base options at the moment, with Evan Longoria firmly entrenched in the hot corner, but could use Plouffe as a bat off the bench or a platoon option with Logan Morrison at first base. He’s expected to join the Rays on Monday.

Roberto Osuna reveals he has been dealing with an anxiety issue

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Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna recently revealed that he has been dealing with an anxiety issue, Rob Longley of the Toronto Star reports. Osuna specified that the issue is completely off the field, not on the field. He is not sure when he’ll be able to return to pitch again.

Osuna had been feeling “a little bit anxious, a little bit weird” and said, “I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now.” Despite the anxiety, Osuna volunteered to pitch during Friday’s loss to the Royals, but the Blue Jays smartly chose not to put him into the game.

Osuna said, “I wish I knew how to get out of here and how to get out of this. We’re working on it. We’re trying to find ways to see what can make me feel better. But to be honest I just don’t know.”

It must have been tough for Osuna to make his issue public, as there is still a stigma around dealing with mental issues. Given the prominent position he holds in the Jays’ bullpen, fans become even less empathetic about taking time off to deal with it as well. Hopefully, Osuna is able to use the time off to get the help he needs. And hopefully his going public helps motivate other people dealing with mental issues to seek help for themselves.

The 22-year-old recently became the youngest player in major league history to reach 75 career saves. This season, Osuna is carrying a 2.48 ERA with 19 saves and a 37/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.

Brewers claim Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.

Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.

With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.