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White Sox acquire hard-throwing reliever Thyago Vieira from Mariners


Another day, another Mariners trade: the Chicago White Sox have acquired righty reliever Thyago Vieira from Seattle for international slot money.

Vieira, 24, has been clocked as high as 103 mph. He made his major league debut with the M’s in August, throwing a single scoreless inning in garbage time loss to Baltimore. Despite that velocity, he only struck out 7.7 batters per nine innings in Double-A and Triple-A last year, and has a 7.4 K/9 ratio in 149 games over seven minor league campaigns. He’s a project.

Still, if your project starts with triple-digit heat, it’s not all bad.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.