Update: Marlins reach agreement with Javier Vazquez

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The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves this offseason.  This won’t be one of them.

A source told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the Fish are nearing a contract with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez.  The Nationals, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs all showed interest, but Javy has a home in south Florida and that may have helped the Marlins win him over.

Vazquez is thought to be seeking an incentive-laden one-year contract in the hopes of revitalizing his career.  A recipient of Cy Young Award votes in 2009, he posted an ugly 5.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 31 appearances (26 starts) for the Yankees this past season.

Many believe that he’ll be able to bounce back with a move back to the National League.

Vazquez was offered arbitration by the Yankees and will net his old team a supplemental round draft pick once his new contract is signed.

UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says the deal is done.  As expected, it’s s a one-year contract, and probably packed with performance-based incentives.

UPDATE II: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the contract is worth between $6 million and $7 million.  A bargain for the Marlins if Javy can turn things around.

Astros release Jon Singleton

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The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.

If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.