Jake Fox unclaimed on waivers, stays with Orioles at Triple-A

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Apparently the Orioles weren’t the only team unimpressed with Jake Fox leading MLB in homers during spring training.

Designated for assignment last week, Fox cleared waivers unclaimed and the Orioles have outrighted him to Triple-A.

There was some speculation that the Pirates might claim Fox to help their suddenly extremely thin catching depth, but his defense behind the plate being questionable at best is what kept him from seeing more action for the Orioles to begin with.

He’ll try to hit his way back to the majors, but crushing Triple-A pitching has never been a problem for Fox. He’s hit .318 with a 1.034 OPS in 99 games at Triple-A compared to .231 with a .701 OPS in 185 games in the majors, and at age 28 time is running out.

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.