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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

Yankees sign INF/OF Jace Peterson to minor league deal

The Yankees agreed to sign former Braves INF/OF Jace Peterson to a minor league deal, which was first reported by SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. He will receive an invitation to spring training, and if he makes the club, will earn $900,000 in the majors.
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Peterson, who was non-tendered by the Braves, will compete for a job in the Yankee infield, which had two openings after the trades of Starlin Castro and Chase Headley. However, he is coming off a rough 2017, where he hit just .218/.318/.317, with two homers in 215 plate appearances. His career numbers of .234/.319/.331 aren’t too strong either, but at 27, he’s still young and has shown tools in the past that could help him become an useful player in the major leagues. 

Article by: Alex Weir

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