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Kevin Quackenbush signs minor league deal with Dodgers

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The Dodgers have signed righty Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league contract. Yes, this is what is passing for news today. Don’t yell at me. I just work here.

Quackebush spent four seasons in the Padres pen before signing with the Reds last offseason. His stint with the Reds lasted all of ten games in April before he was sent down the the minors for the rest of the year. Those ten big league games were awful — he allowed 11 runs in nine innings of work — but he was pretty good at Louisville, posting a 2.68 ERA in 47 games while striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings of work while not walking many.

He may still very well be a minor league reliever next year, but perhaps he figured things out in his four months on the farm.

Red Sox reportedly listening to offers on Rick Porcello

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Red Sox are “openly listening” to offers for Rick Porcello. He says that the idea is to shed some salary for bullpen help, though just yesterday Dave Dombrowski said he was not planning on spending a lot of money on the bullpen this winter so who friggin’ knows?

Porcello posted a 4.28 ERA in 33 starts this past season. He is owed $21 million in 2019 and will be a free agent this time next year. Seems hard to imagine a deal that makes sense for him, but I suppose anything can happen.