José Leclerc out as Rangers closer

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Back in March the Rangers signed closer José Leclerc to a four-year, $14.75 million deal. As of today he is no longer the Rangers closer, with manager Chris Woodward saying today that he’ll now be utilized in low-leverage spots. At least for the time being.

It’s definitely an earned demotion. Leclerc has a 8.44 ERA. He’s walking everyone and when he’s getting hit he’s getting hit hard. Quite a contrast to 2018 when he  posted a 1.56 ERA and 12 saves in 16 chances. He led all big league relievers with a .126 opponents’ batting average last year and struck out 85 batters and walked 25 in 57.2 innings.

In the meantime, Shawn Kelley and Chris Martin will likely get most of the save chances for Texas.

Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

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Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

Lou Angelos sued John last year, claiming John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant.

In a Friday court filing in the case, John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on “all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses, asserted therein be dismissed with prejudice in their entirety.”

“The Parties also withdraw and terminate all pending motions submitted in these actions,” the filing said.

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turned 93 last year. According to the suit, he had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.

Lou Angelos accused John of trying to take control of Peter Angelos’ assets and manipulating Georgia Angelos. The lawsuit was one of a handful of off-field issues looming over the Orioles this offseason. The team also has a lease at Camden Yards that expires at the end of the year.