Free agent Mark Ellis “figures to return” to Rockies next year

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Mark Ellis, whom the Rockies acquired from the A’s on June 30, “figures to return next season” according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post.

Armstrong’s newspaper-mate, Troy Renck, has also tweeted repeatedly throughout the second half that Ellis would like to remain in Colorado and the Rockies would like to re-sign the 35-year-old.

Ellis will presumably be open to re-signing on a one-year contract and Armstrong speculates that the Rockies will continue to search for a long-term answer at the position while he keeps it warm.

Ellis’ defense remains a big plus, but he hit horribly for the A’s and wasn’t much better despite calling Coors Field home in the second half, batting just .274 with a .708 OPS in 70 games following the trade.

Colorado may have some competition to sign him, because Ellis would be a simple, veteran solution at second base for a lot of contenders.

Marlins sign Sean Burnett to minor league deal

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Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.

Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.

Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.