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Rays to sign Danny Espinosa


Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are going to sign free agent Danny Espinosa.

Espinosa was just designated for assignment by the Mariners, for whom he only played eight games. He began the year with the Angels but only hit .162/.237/.276 in 77 games. This is, quite obviously, a depth move.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.