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Pirates Reportedly Lock Up Closer Felipe Rivero To Four-Year Deal

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Having recently lost star players Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, the Pittsburgh Pirates locked up talented closer Felipe Rivero to a four-year deal worth a guaranteed $22 million on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports further broke down the terms of Rivero’s deal:

Rivero, 26, went 5-3 with a 1.67 ERA in 73 games for the Pirates in 2017, saving 21 games in 23 opportunities. Opponents hit .171 against Rivero with just four homers in 75 1/3 innings facing him.

The first save for Rivero in 2017 didn’t come until June 10. Rivero took over closing duties for Tony Watson, who after going 7 for 7 in April saves, blew his next five out of eight chances- including his last four in a row.

Rivero is approaching his fourth Major League season. He was a rookie in 2015 for the Washington Nationals, posting a 2.79 ERA in 49 relief outings. He split 2016 with Washington and Pittsburgh, posting a 4.09 ERA in 75 games; all 197 of Rivero’s career appearances have been in relief.

The 6’2” lefty is 8-10 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 200 2/3 career innings.

 

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Nationals to Sign Brian Dozier

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The Washington Nationals continue their active offseason by agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent veteran second baseman Brian Dozier.

Dozier, 31, is a highly regarded infielder, but posted a .215/.305/.391 slash line last season splitting time between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Brewers Sign Yasmani Grandal

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The Milwaukee Brewers have signed free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a one-year deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Grandal had a standing four-year offer from the New York Mets, but opted to land in Milwaukee on a one-year pact.

While Grandal had a nightmare postseason, he still presents a much needed upgrade for the Brewers backstop depth.

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Brewers Sign Jake Petricka

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The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms on a split, major league contract with free agent right hander Jake Petricka, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Petricka, 30, will hold a spot on the 40-man roster as part of the new deal, which is pending a physical.

Petricka pitched the to tune of a 4.53 ERA over 45 2/3 innings last season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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