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Angels sign Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin


MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban infield prospect Roberto Baldoquin has passed his physical and officially signed with the Angels. The two sides initially agreed to a deal with an $8 million signing bonus in early November.

Baldoquin, 20, is expected to start the season in the minor leagues for the Angels. The club views him as a shortstop and as such, Baldoquin could take over at the position when Erick Aybar’s contract expires after the 2016 season.

Angels have interest in Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge

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According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels have interest in acquiring Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post confirms the report and adds that the Rockies are likely looking for pitching in return.

Rutledge turns 25 in April and batted .269/.323/.405 with four home runs and 33 RBI over 105 games this past season while making starts at shortstop, second base, and third base. He’s not yet arbitration-eligible.

Rutledge wouldn’t be a starter for the Angels as currently constituted, but second baseman Howie Kendrick will be a free agent after next season and Erick Aybar has two years left on his deal.

ALDS Game 3: Angels vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the Angels-Royals series in Kansas City …

RF Kole Calhoun
CF Mike Trout
1B Albert Pujols
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Erick Aybar
3B David Freese
LF Josh Hamilton
DH C.J. Cron
C Chris Iannetta

C.J. Wilson will be on the mound, looking to put his disappointing regular season in the rearview. Hamilton is 0-for-9 so far in this series, but the Angels are going to stick with the $133 million outfielder. He appeared in just one of the Halos’ final 23 regular-season games due to shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries.

SS Alcides Escobar
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
2B Omar Infante
3B Mike Moustakas

James Shields, who pitched against the A’s in the American League Wild Card Game, will be making his first start in this series. He owns a 5.26 ERA in 39 1/3 career postseason innings, which doesn’t quite fit with the “Big Game James” nickname, but the impending free agent right-hander has the opportunity here to pitch the Royals into the ALCS. Infante did not have a good regular season and looked lost at the plate in the first two games of this best-of-five set, but Royals manager Ned Yost won’t try Christian Colon at second base.