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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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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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