UPDATE: Nothing official yet and no word on the terms, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rangers and Darvish have agreed to a deal.
With less than two hours to go until the Rangers’ deadline to sign Yu Darvish arrives, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that an “agreement looks imminent.”
According to Sullivan “all indications are that the Darvish deal will get done soon” and “a press conference is expected this evening” at the Rangers’ ballpark.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the contract is expected to be for six years, while Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram says it’ll be five years with a sixth-year option.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.