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Diamondbacks acquire Jon Jay from Royals

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The Diamondbacks announced on Wednesday evening that the club acquired outfielder Jon Jay from the Royals in exchange for minor league pitchers Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano. The D-Backs designated outfielder Kris Negron for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for Jay.

Jay, 33, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Royals in March. He was productive, hitting .307/.363/.374 in 266 plate appearance while playing solid defense. The D-Backs are short on outfielders with Steven Souza, Jr. and A.J. Pollock on the disabled list.

Speier, 23, has spent the year at Double-A Jackson, posting a 3.03 ERA with a 26/10 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings of relief.

Luciano, 18, was the No. 26 prospect in the D-Backs’ system, according to MLB Pipeline. He has yet to pitch in 2018, but he spent last year in rookie ball, posting a composite 2.84 ERA with a 52/18 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings.

Report: Yankees close to signing Gio González to minor league deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are close to signing starter Gio González. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal is of the minor league variety that will pay González $3 million if he makes the major league roster.

González, 33, made 27 starts for the Nationals before being sent to the Brewers ahead of the now-defunct August 31 waiver trade deadline. In aggregate, González went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA and a 148/80 K/BB ratio in 171 innings. He was solid in his five starts with the Brewers, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA.

Neither Luis Severino nor CC Sabathia will be ready for the start of the season, so González will add some immediate depth at the back of the Yankees’ rotation. Sabathia will likely return before Severino. When that happens, González may be pushed out of the rotation.