Reliever Mike Dunn nearing a three-year deal with the Rockies

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free-agent lefty reliever Mike Dunn and the Rockies are close to a three-year deal that will pay Dunn $19 million.

Dunn has spent the past six seasons with the Marlins where he has averaged 68 appearances a season while posting a K/BB ratio of 357/150 over 328 innings. For his career he has held lefties to a line of .228/.309/.330. He’s no specialist, necessarily, though, as he has faced more right-handed batters than lefties. Against them he’s allowed a line of .239/.339/.408.

He’s a solid and reliable reliever, though certainly not a superstar. That price tag, however — the three-year commitment as opposed to the dollars themselves — tells you just how crazy teams have gone for bullpen help these days.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.