Orioles trade reliever Preston Guilmet to the Pirates for cash considerations

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The Orioles have traded reliever Preston Guilmet to the Pirates for cash considerations, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. Guilmet had been designated for assignment by the Orioles near the end of the season in order to make room for Alexi Casilla.

Guilmet, 27, hasn’t logged too many innings at the major league level, mustering an unimpressive 6.89 ERA in 15 2/3 innings. However, he has shown good strikeout and walk numbers in the minors, including in each of the past two seasons at Triple-A Columbus (Indians, 2013) and Norfolk (Orioles, 2014), striking out a combined 126 and walking 24 in 112 2/3 innings.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.