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Video: Mike Trout trips rounding second base

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Remember on Saturday, when Jose Altuve failed to hit for the cycle against the Royals because he tripped around the second base bag? Angels outfielder Mike Trout must’ve felt bad for Altuve, so he did the same thing.

Trout was 1-for-2 with a solo homer when he stepped to the plate against Astros starter Collin McHugh. Trout dunked a 1-2 fastball down the right field line. Right fielder George Springer expected a high bounce, but the ball just died upon hitting the grass, so it skipped past Springer. It was an easy triple for Trout, but he stumbled coming around the second base bag, so he settled for two bases.

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Trout commiserated with Altuve before the start of the next at-bat. Before the game, though, Trout teased Altuve about his base running gaffe, per MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez. Trout said, “There’s some kind of karma involved there.”

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.