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Willy Garcia was thiiiiis close to a little league homer

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There was a great play in the top of the third inning of yesterday’s White Sox-Rays game. Well, it wasn’t “great,” necessarily. It was kind of ugly. But it was all kinds of fun.

Willy Garcia of the White Sox was at the plate and hit one to the gap in right off of the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi. It was a sure-thing double, and Garcia did indeed slide into second base safely.

The throw in to the infield was offline, however, allowing Garcia to scamper to third. Then the throw to THIRD was offline too, sailing past the bag.

GARCIA HEADS FOR HOME AND . . . HE . . . IS . . .

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Welp, that was almost a great little league homer. Peter Bourjos wasn’t havin’ it, though. And Garcia did all that running for nothing. Alas.

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.