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Mariners Sign Reliever Juan Nicasio To Two-Year Deal

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The Seattle Mariners bolstered their bullpen on Wednesday, as right-hander Juan Nicasio officially signed a two-year, $17 million deal.

According to MLB.com’s Greg Johns, Nicasio agreed to the deal during the Winter Meetings, but was required to pass a physical exam first.

Nicasio, 31, appeared in a career-high 76 games (all in relief to lead the National League) in 2017. He spent the season for three teams- the Pittsburgh Pirates (first 65 games), Philadelphia Phillies (two), and St. Louis Cardinals (final nine). Overall, he was 5-5 with a 2.61 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 22 holds.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was extremely satisfied he was able to land his new set-up man.

“He (Nicasio) made more sense for us than the ninth-inning guys or one-inning guys that might be more famous,” said Dipoto per MLB.com. “It just makes more sense for the way our team is built.”

Nicasio, who made his Major League debut in 2011 as a starter for the Colorado Rockies, has a career 5.11 ERA in 82 starts, and 3.38 in 187 relief outings, notes Johns.

The 6’4”, 250-pound Nicasio joins an impressive Mariners bullpen that includes closer Edwin Diaz, David Phelps, Nick Vincent, and Marc Rzepczynski, among others.

“I don’t know of anybody in the American League, outside of maybe the Indians and Yankees right now, who could line up a deeper bullpen,” added Dipoto. “You might line up more famous names, but we’re pretty confident in the depth in our ‘pen.”

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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