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Report: Brewers sign Matt Albers

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The Brewers have signed reliever Matt Albers to a two-year contract, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. According to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, Albers will earn $2.5 million each season and has incentives to earn more money by reaching certain playing time thresholds.

Albers, 35, had a terrific season for the Nationals in 2017, posting a 1.62 ERA with a 63/17 K/BB ratio in 61 innings. He will help the Brewers’ bullpen bridge the gap to closer Corey Knebel.

Albers joins Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich as newcomers to the Brewers just in this last week. The club is clearly trying to make a push to contend for the NL Central title in 2018.

Rays acquire C.J. Cron from Angels

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The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.

Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.