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Indians claim Joey Butler off waivers from the Rays

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In need of outfielders, the Indians announced this afternoon that they claimed Joey Butler off waivers from the Indians.

Butler, who turns 30 in March, was designated for assignment by the Rays last month after batting .276 with eight home runs and a .742 OPS in 88 games this past season. He started out strong after being called up in May, but saw limited playing time during the second half. There’s not a ton of upside here, but the Indians could use some depth with Michael Brantley expected to miss the start of the season after shoulder surgery.

One interesting wrinkle with this move is that Butler is now teammates with Carlos Carrasco. You might remember that Butler spoiled Carrasco’s no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning back on July 1. Ouch. Carrasco took to Twitter today to say there’s no hard feelings.

Report: Angels sign Matt Harvey to one-year, $11 million deal

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The Angels have signed pitcher Matt Harvey to a one-year contract, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports. Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that the contract is for $11 million with an additional $3 million available through performance incentives.

Harvey, 29, spent 2018 with the Mets and Reds, posting an aggregate 4.94 ERA with a 131/37 K/BB ratio in 155 innings. He started off poorly with the Mets, so they traded him to the Reds in early May. He pitched much better in Cincinnati.

Harvey should have a spot secured at the back of the Angels’ rotation, but health and performance can always change that leading up to Opening Day.