Presented without comment …
Ryan Braun’s numbers, by season:
AVG .332 .311
OBP .397 .388
SLG .597 .596
OPS .994 .983
HR 33 40
RBI 113 105
(Normally this is where I’d say something like “Talent 1, Narratives 0” but I already promised to present this whole thing without comment.)
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.