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Mariners to sign reliever Marc Rzepczynski

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners “on the verge” of signing free agent left-hander Marc Rzepczynski. Which seems to be a dramatic way to characterize a signing of a guy like Marc Rzepczynski — “verges” seem like something preceding audacious moves — but we’ll let Ken have this one, as it’s the holidays.

Rzepczynski, whose name has only been typed once, by a Toronto beat writer back in 2009, and since then has only been copied and pasted, spent 2016 with the Athletics and Nationals. The 31-year-old lefty specialist has handled lefty batters to the tune of .222/.291/.298 for his career and, as a result, one may reasonably presume that he will pitch for another 30-35 seasons.

Rosenthal says there are only a few “last-minute details to cover” before the agreement with Seattle is made official.

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Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”