Nats cornering the market for middle-of-the-road starters

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Jon Garland headshot.jpgKen Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that the Nationals are making a “strong push” for free agent right-hander Jon Garland. According to the report, Garland wants a three-year deal while the Nationals would prefer two years.



Garland, 30, was 11-13 with a 4.01
ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 33 starts this past season, earning $6.25 million.
The Dodgers declined his $10 million option last month, with the
Diamondbacks picking up the $2.5 million buyout as part of the August
trade for infielder Tony Abreu.




With a 4.42 career ERA over 10 major
league seasons, Garland is hardly worth three years, but the Nationals
could do worse in their search for a veteran pitcher. Rosenthal names
fellow free agents Jason Marquis and Doug Davis as other possibilities
for Washington.

Report: Red Sox expected to announce J.D. Martinez signing on Monday

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Tomorrow will mark a week since the Red Sox reportedly inked outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract. The signing hasn’t been made official yet, however, due to an apparent medical issue. That will change tomorrow morning as the Red Sox have a press conference scheduled with Martinez where they’re expected to announce the signing at long last, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the terms of the deal aren’t expected to change. Presumably, the Red Sox had some safeguards put into the contract to protect them against whatever spooked them with the results of Martinez’s physical.

Martinez, 30, was the top free agent hitter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances last season with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. He has expressed an interest in continuing to play in the outfield, but MLB.com’s Ian Browne says he will get a majority of his playing time as a DH with the Red Sox. Hanley Ramirez will share first base with Mitch Moreland.