Rays acquire Marc Krauss from the Angels; demote Nick Franklin to Triple-A

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss from the Angels in exchange for minor league right-hander Kyle Winker.

Krauss hit .143 (5-for-35) with one home run and five RBI over 11 games during a brief stint with the Angels in May, but he has spent most of the season in Triple-A. A former second-round pick of the Diamondbacks, the 27-year-old has shown some power and patience in the minors, but he owns an ugly .194/.268/.335 batting line over 392 major league plate appearances and has struck out 28.1 percent of the time. Still, the Rays plan to give him some playing time at first base against right-handed pitching.

To make room for Krauss on the active roster, the Rays are sending Nick Franklin down to Triple-A Durham. Acquired from the Mariners in the three-team David Price deal last July, the 24-year-old was batting just .139 (10-for-72) with one home run and a .455 OPS over 28 games.

Winker, 25, owns a 4.81 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 over four seasons in the minors. He has pitched between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

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

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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.