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Storylines: Mike Dunn signs multi-year deal with Rockies

The reliever market continues to produce high dollar deals with Mike Dunn agreeing to a deal with the Rockies. That and all the rest of the news from around the MLB on Thursday...

Top Storylines:

- Just a few days after announcing the Ian Desmond signing, the Colorado Rockies have made another move this offseason agreeing to terms on a three-year, $19MM deal with left-handed reliever Mike Dunn, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.  The deal is also said to contain a fourth-year vesting option worth about $6MM bumping the deal’s total to $25MM if he is able to stay healthy.  The high amount of dollars in the deal assures that Dunn will have a key role in late innings in the Rockies bullpen for the next few years.  He is coming off of a decent 2016 with the Miami Marlins where he pitched to a 6-1 record, 3.40 ERA across 42.1 innings of relief work.  He was one of the most reliable arms in the Marlins bullpens for several years and has now cashed in on the highest free agent reliever deal the Rockies have ever handed out in franchise history.  Dunn has mostly been used against left-handed batters and has been quite deadly as he has held same-handed batters to a meager .226/.306/.336 batting line but has seen some more success against right-handed batters as they are batting now just .229/.322/.386 against him so he shouldn’t be restricted to just being utilized for left-handed batters during his time with his new team.

Other Storylines:

- The Miami Marlins have finally found the relief pitcher they have coveted for their bullpen.  The Marlins have agreed to sign free agent Junichi Tazawa to a two-year, $12MM pact per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.  Tazawa looks to be utilized as a key reliever in the Marlins bullpen in the coming season.

- Free agent reliever Brad Ziegler’s market is apparently heating up as he reportedly has multiple offers on hand and appears set to make a decision rather soon per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.  The submarine throwing righty reportedly is seeking a three-year pact but has only two-year offers on the table. The team that is willing to add an additional year to their offer will probably win his services.

- Another team is considering joining the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes.  The Oakland Athletics are considering making a run at the free agent slugger per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.  Encarnacion’s market has not developed the way many people envisioned since he turned down the Toronto Blue Jays’ initial offer.

- The Texas Rangers have also reached out to Encarnacion’s camp per Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.  The Rangers make sense as a fit for the slugger given their opening at designated hitter after losing Mitch Moreland and Carlos Beltran to free agency.

- The Rangers have also reached out to the Colorado Rockies about their outfield surplus per Morosi.  The Rockies have an abundance of left-handed hitting outfielders and could certainly move one to clear up some playing time.  The Rangers could end up sliding Shin-Soo Choo to designated hitter if they can strike a deal with the Rockies.

- If the Rockies are going to move an outfielder, they are most likely to move center fielder Charlie Blackmon.  The price will not be cheap as the Rockies want an Adam Eaton-level return for Blackmon per Jayson Stark of ESPN.  The Rockies may not be done shopping in the free agent market so it will be probably be a little longer before a trade for Blackmon may materialize and even so, the fact he is only under club control for two more years makes it unlikely the Rockies will see their price be met for Blackmon.

- The Philadelphia Phillies have signed center fielder Odubel Herrera to a five-year, $30.5MM extension per Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  The deal will buy out all three arbitration years for Herrera as well as his first year of free agency.  The deal will also include club options for both 2022 and 2023 and are worth $11.5MM and $12.5MM respectively which means the Philies have the ability to buy out the first three years of Herrera’s free agency.

- The St. Louis Cardinals are listening to offers on first baseman Matt Adams per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.  Adams has become the odd man out with Matt Carpenter slated to move over to first base in 2017.  Adams possesses tremendous power from the left-handed side of the plate and could be a good fit for an American League team.

- New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia will not be tried for domestic violence charges any longer as the charges have been dismissed per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.  Familiar was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute in late October but looks to be in the clear legally but may still face discipline from the MLB.


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