Remember when Steve Phillips said he'd trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt?

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It seems like a good time to point out that two months ago former Mets general manager, former ESPN analyst, and current AOL Fanhouse contributor Steve Phillips said during a radio interview that he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt if he were running the Astros.
And then he shot a video “defending himself and explaining why dealing an unproven commodity for an ace might not be a bad idea.”
Seriously.
Turns out the Astros got juuuuuuuuuuust slightly less than the world’s best pitching prospect in exchange for Oswalt, settling instead for a 27-year-old mid-rotation starter, a toolsy 19-year-old shortstop, and (after they flip Anthony Gose to Toronto, apparently) Triple-A first baseman Brett Wallace and his rapidly declining stock.
I’d normally make some sort of joke here about how this is the reason why Phillips is no longer a GM, but in truth his thinking Strasburg-for-Oswalt was a good idea probably doesn’t even make the list.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.