Gavin Floyd turned down bigger offer from Orioles to sign with Braves

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Gavin Floyd signed an incentive-laden one-year deal with the Braves yesterday and in doing so turned down a bigger offer from the Orioles.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles offered the Maryland native a two-year deal worth up to $20 million based on incentives. By comparison, his deal with the Braves is worth $4 million upfront and another $4.5 million in potential incentives.

Connolly notes that the Orioles wanted a two-year deal because they figured Floyd is unlikely to contribute early on in 2014 following multiple elbow surgeries. Of course, that’s exactly why Floyd took the shorter deal with an eye on re-entering the open market healthy for a much bigger payday. He’s betting on himself and his health at age 30.

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.