Hanley back in a familiar spot atop Marlins' lineup

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marlins logo.pngMarlins manager Fredi Gonzalez released his lineup for Sunday’s game against the Mets a few minutes ago, and something looks a little fishy:

SS Hanley Ramirez
LF Chris Coghlan
2B Dan Uggla
3B Jorge Cantu
C Ronny Paulino
RF Cody Ross
1B Gaby Sanchez
CF Cameron Maybin
P Ricky Nolasco

That’s right, 2009 National League batting champ Hanley Ramirez is batting leadoff against Mets starter Hisanori Takahashi.  It’s the first time he’s batted atop the Marlins’ order since September 27, 2008, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and manager Fredi Gonzalez is hoping that the temporary change will jump-start the Fish offense.  Ramirez is a .313 career hitter in the leadoff spot.  Of course, his numbers are pretty strong at every spot in the batting order.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

“We are thrilled that Jacob deGrom has decided to become a Texas Ranger,” executive vice president and general manager Chris Young said in a statement. “Over a number of seasons, Jacob has been a standout major league pitcher, and he gives us a dominant performer at the top of our rotation. One of our primary goals this offseason is to strengthen our starting pitching, and we are adding one of the best.”

Texas went 68-94 last season and then hired Bruce Bochy as its new manager. The Rangers’ six straight losing seasons are their worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

The Rangers were big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).