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The Nationals are close to signing Adam Lind

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Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that Adam Lind is close to signing with the Washington Nationals.

A nice late-offseason pickup for the Nats. Lind’s 2016 was subpar, but he posted an OPS of .842 from 2013-15 and he’s always hit righties well. He’s also good Ryan Zimmerman insurance and a bench bat with power. No word yet on the financial terms yet, but he likely came pretty cheap given that spring training starts, like, today for many teams and given that the Nats’ pitchers and catchers report in only a couple of days.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.