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David Huff signs with the Yakult Swallows

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We’d normally not write about a signing as minor as this, but after a couple of days of excess and time spent in close quarters with family, you gotta do whatever you can to shake off the carbs and ethanol and forced politeness and stuff. David Huff: palette cleanser.

Anyway, the guy who has been most often mentioned on this site in service of my driven-into-the-ground Groucho Marx “a minute and a Huff” bit during And That Happened recaps apparently had an amazing run in Korea in 2016-17, posting a 2.66 ERA in just under 200 innings of mostly starting work for the LG Twins. That got him a one-year deal with the Yakult Swallows of NPB, where he’ll make $1.55 million in 2018.

Last we saw Huff here, he was pitching a grand total of five games between 2015 and 2016 for the Dodgers and Angels, respectively. He did have an excellent stretch run with the Yankees in 2014 in his second stint with the club. Even with that, though, he seemed like a perpetual non-tender candidate here and, in fact, he didn’t make that more in his entire eight-season MLB run than he’ll make in Japan this coming season. In light of all of that, his decision to head to Korea last year was a wise one.

Good luck, David. And good for you. In the past two seasons your career has covered a lot of ground. In fact you’ve covered a lot of ground yourself. You’d better beat it; I hear they’re gonna tear you down and put up an office building where you’re standing. You can leave in a taxi. If you can’t get a taxi, you can leave in a Huff. If that’s too soon, you can leave in a minute and a Huff. You know, you haven’t stopped talking since I came here. You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.

Royals acquire Brian Goodwin from Nationals

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The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.

Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.

The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.