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Introducing the Marlins new uniforms

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Yesterday we got the Marlins’ new colors. Today we see the new colors as they appear on the new caps and uniforms. Photos and an introductory video below.

The verdict: not bad. Not, as I feared, some neo-traditionalist thing inappropriate for a young franchise but not some step-too-far into the future or anything mock-worthy. The kit may not make non-Marlins fans rush out to buy new merch based on simple aesthetics, but it should make Marlins fans happy. It’s not a bad look.

There are four colors of jersey — white, gray, black and blue:

It looks like there’s only a black cap. Maybe there will be more later. Seems like a blue cap would be pretty spiffy looking, but what do I know?

And here they are on the players in the club’s video:

You can buy this stuff at Marlins.com, of course.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.