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Report: Neftali Feliz close to deal with Brewers

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz is reportedly close to signing a deal with the Brewers. The 28-year-old has also been linked to the Dodgers and Nationals over the last month, though nothing substantial has surfaced on those fronts.

Milwaukee GM David Stearns has been shopping relief options as recently as last week, per a report from Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. While his roster doesn’t appear to lack any significant bullpen pieces, the loss of closer Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox last month has left the club wanting for more depth. Feliz, meanwhile, could potentially step into the closing role in Milwaukee, provided that his resurgence in 2016 wasn’t a one-time deal.

The veteran righty is coming off of an impressive tour with the Pirates, during which he sustained a 3.52 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 53 2/3 innings. His time on the mound was highlighted by a promising spike in velocity, accompanied by the second-highest strikeout rate of his career to date, though he missed the last month of the season after suffering a bout of arm soreness.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.