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Report: Rangers sign Edinson Volquez to one-year, $2 million deal

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Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have inked veteran pitcher Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $2 million contract that includes $5 million in performance bonuses.

Volquez, 35, signed a two-year minor league contract with the Rangers in February as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery. He last pitched in the majors in 2017 with the Marlins, posting a 4.19 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 53 walks over 92 1/3 innings. His season ended on July 5 that year.

The last-place Rangers finished 67-95 this past season and their prospects aren’t expected to get much better in 2019. If he’s able to, Volquez will simply eat up innings for the Rangers throughout the year. MLB.com currently lists the Rangers’ starting rotation as Mike Minor, Ariel Jurado, Yohander Méndez, Adrian Sampson, and Drew Smyly. Yikes.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.