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Report: Marlins close to signing Edinson Volquez to a two-year contract

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Update (8:57 PM EDT): It’s a two-year deal worth $22 million total, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports.

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are close to signing starter Edinson Volquez to a two-year deal.

Volquez, 33, rejuvenated his career when he signed with the Pirates for the 2014 season and he followed it up with a solid 2015 with the Royals. This past season, however, was not so great. The right-hander compiled a 5.37 ERA with a 139/76 K/BB ratio in 189 1/3 innings. Volquez led the league by allowing 113 total runs and he was more prone to giving up homers than usual.

Moving to the spacious Marlins Park — even though the fences were moved in — should help Volquez’s numbers. He’ll slot into the middle of the Marlins’ starting rotation.

The Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to the minors

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Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.

Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.

Now this:

The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.

The A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment

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A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.

Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.

Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.