Rockies close to extension with manager Walt Weiss

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In a move you don’t see very often the Rockies plucked Walt Weiss away from his job coaching high schoolers and gave him a one-year contract when they hired him as manager this offseason, but now he’s getting a new multi-year deal.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that Weiss will sign a new deal by the end of this week and it’ll be for at least two more seasons, giving him some job security following a disappointing first year in which the team went just 74-88 to finish in last place.

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.