Report: Marlins, Omar Infante agree to two-year contract extension

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The Marlins might be busy working on a deal to hire Ozzie Guillen as their new manager, but they also set aside some time to work out a new contract with one of their current players.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins and Omar Infante have agreed to a two-year contract extension. Exact terms haven’t been released, but an official announcement is expected sometime Tuesday.

Infante came over to the Marlins along with left-hander Mike Dunn in the Dan Uggla trade last November. The 30-year-old is batting .279/.318/.386 with seven home runs, 49 RBI and a .703 OPS this season. While he can’t touch Uggla offensively, he has been a clear upgrade defensively at second base.

The Braves exercised Infante’s $2.5 million option prior to the trade with the Marlins last year. He was poised to become a free agent this offseason.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.