Blue Jays field most Dominican lineup in MLB history

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Pretty cool note from Sunday’s series finale between the Red Sox and Blue Jays …

That history-making starting lineup is …

SS Jose Reyes
LF Melky Cabrera
CF Jose Bautista
1B Edwin Encarnacion
3B Brett Lawrie
DH Juan Francisco
RF Moises Sierra
C Josh Thole
2B Jonathan Diaz

Reyes, Cabrera, Bautista, Encarnacion, Francisco, and Sierra were all born in the Dominican Republic.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

Brandon Kintzler
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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.