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Brad Ziegler signs with the Marlins

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Brad Ziegler has agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with the Miami Marlins. That’s . . . a pretty good bargain? At least given where the reliever market has gone this winter.

Ziegler split 2016 between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox, posting an ERA of 2.25 with a K/BB ratio of 58/26 in 68 innings in 69 games while saving 22 games. He’s been a substantially above average reliever over his nine big league seasons.

The Marlins bullpen is looking pretty good heading into 2017, with Ziegler joining Junichi Tazawa and Kyle Barraclough in front of closer A.J. Ramos.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.