Update: The Padres sign Jason Marquis

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UPDATE: The deal is for one year, $3 million. Not bad for a guy who should eat some innings.

9:27 AMJayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Padres are close to re-signing starter Jason Marquis.

Marquis is fairly effective for the Padres after being DFA’d by the Twins early last season, going 6-7 with a 4.04 ERA.  A guy of his profile — pretty durable but pretty hittable — is well-suited to Petco Park.

Worth noting that my kids think he’s the best pitcher in baseball because last June 13 in San Diego they saw him start the first ever MLB game they attended, and he put up zeroes for six and a third against the Mariners.

Strength of opposition and park effects are hard concepts for a six year-old biy and an eight year-old girl to fully appreciate.

The Red Sox are willing to deal Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the Boston Red Sox are letting clubs know that Jackie Bradley, Jr. is available via trade.

Trading Bradley would be a knock to the Red Sox defense, but they are likely looking to add some offense and thus willing to make the tradeoff. Bradley is one of baseball’s top defensive center fielders and had a nice year at the plate in 2016, but last year his line fell to .245/.323/.402 with 17 homers and 63 RBI.

If Bradley is moved, the Red Sox could slide Andrew Benintendi to center field and plug a more potent bat in left.