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2-8-2022  

The Atlanta Braves signed third baseman Austin Riley to a 10-year, $212 million contract, the most paid organisation history.The contract extends through 2032 and includes a $20 million club option for 2033. Riley also donated $2.12 million to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.Riley's first All-Star Game was just weeks ago. In 101 games, he's hit.301 with 29 homers, 68 RBI, and a.964 OPS. His 26 extra-base hits in July eclipsed Hank Aaron's franchise record by one (1961).

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Riley's NL MVP chances are +500, second behind St. Louis' Paul Goldschmidt (-140).2015 Braves first-round selection RileyHe burst out last season, ranking sixth in NL MVP vote after hitting.33 homers, 107 RBIs.Riley, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Ozzie Albies are now signed until at least 2025 (Albies' agreement runs through2025, with club options in 2026 and'27; Acua's deal runs through2026, with team options in 2027 and '28).Houston Astros acquire Trey Mancini and Christian Vazquez from Baltimore and Boston, respectively.

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"Our aim is putting ourselves in the greatest position to contend for a World Series this year," Houston GM James Click said.The Mancini trade included the Rays. Mancini and right-hander Jayden Murray were traded by the Rays for outfielder Jose Siri. The Rays sent Seth Johnson and Chayce McDermott to the Orioles (from Houston).In exchange for Vazquez, the Red Sox obtained Enmanuel Valdez and Wilyer Abreu.Vazquez, 31, has a.759 OPS with 8 homers and 42 RBIs this season and will replace Martin Maldonado. The Astros needed a backup catcher with knee-injured Jason Castro and youngster Korey Lee.

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Maldonado has helped Houston's youthful pitching staff, but he's batting just.173, so Vazquez is an offensive boost."You never want him up with runners on," Click remarked. "He always finds a way to get guys in" Click said he and manager Dusty Baker would debate Maldonado and Vazquez's playing time, but Maldonado's workload was too heavy this season.Vazquez, a free agent next season, was the longest-tenured Red Sox player.

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Vazquez was in the Red Sox lineup Monday in Houston before being pulled. Now, he'll aim to assist the Astros make another strong postseason run.Red Sox GM Chaim Bloom: "This one stings in the clubhouse." "We take that seriously." Mancini,30, is hitting.268 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs in his sixth season with the Orioles(51-51), who are just three games off of the AL's last wild-card place.Mancini has helped the Orioles rebuild. He won American League Comeback Player of the Year despite missing 2020 to battle stage 3 colon cancer.

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Brandon Hyde, the Orioles manager, said Mancini would be hard to replace on and off the field."Trey was a significant part of our lives... and Baltimore," added Hyde. "It's terrible to watch a dear friend like him depart."It wasn't fun, but I'm pleased for him and the chance he'll have.In 701 games with the Orioles, Mancinibatted.270 with 117 homers and 350 RBIs.Mancini told reporters in Arlington, Texas, where the Orioles played the Rangers on Monday night, "I feel like, in a lot of ways, I have." "I think things can only grow better here, and even when I'm playing against them, I'll pull for these players."

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Mancini joins the AL West-leading Astros (67-36). Yuli Gurriel's struggles made Houston look for a first baseman. Gurriel hit.319 to win the American League hitting championship in 2021, but he's hit.243 with seven homers and 28 RBIs this year.Mancini, who has been a DH 51 times this season, may play that position for Houston with Michael Brantley out indefinitely.

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"He could play either corner outfield, first base, or DH," Click added. "He's a great pinch-hitter." I like that he hits lefties and righties well. In a late-game pinch-hit situation, he may be a weapon for both teams.Mancini's deal contains a $10 million mutual option for 2023 with a $250,000 buyout.Siri, 27, is hitting.178 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 147 major league plate appearances and.296 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in Triple-A. Rays outfielder Brett Phillips was designated for assignment to create place. Phillips, 28, got a walk-off hit in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series but was struggling this season, hitting.147 with five homers and 14 RBIs.

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Murray,24, is 8-3 with a 4.35 ERA at two Rays minor league levels.Johnson, 23, is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in seven High-A starts. Tommy John surgery might end his season.23-year-old McDermott is 6-1 with a 5.50 ERA for High-A Asheville this season.In 82 games with Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Sugar Land, Valdez is batting.327 with a 1.016 OPS. He's Baseball America's 12th-ranked Astros prospect.Abreu bats.249 with a.858 OPS for Corpus Christi. He's Baseball America's 21st-ranked Astros prospect.

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