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The Cubs signed Manny Ramirez to be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa.
A player-coach? So the Cubs minor league system can start grooming it's future attitude problems early? If Ramirez can actually teach what he knows about hitting, then this could be a great move for some of the young prospects who seem on the verge of a call-up, however, we're all going to have to brace ourselves for Javier being Javier, Kris being Kris and a whole slew of other annoyances. The player part of this arrangement for Manny seems a little far-fetched and shouldn't fool you into thinking that a resurgence is headed your way.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Orioles are expected to option Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk.
Wilson's demotion to Triple-A will clear a spot in the bullpen for Oliver Drake, who's been pitching unbelievably well in Triple-A. Wilson hasn't been particularly bad since being called up, appearing in two games and posting a 4.50 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP, but Drake's performance appears to have have won him the opportunity to take that next step. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Athletics recalled Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.
Graveman will make the start in today's game against the Rays as a result of Drew Pomeranz being placed on the DL. Graveman struggled mightily in his four starts with the A's (8.27 ERA, 2.02 WHIP, 9/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio) prior to being sent back down to Triple-A, but has been dominant in his four minor leagues starts since then (1.85 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and a 14/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio). Analysis: Brad Costilo