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Report: Nationals sign Aníbal Sánchez to two-year, $19 million contract


Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports that the Nationals and pitcher Aníbal Sánchez have agreed to a contract. It’s a two-year, $19 million deal, per MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.

Sánchez, 34, breathed new life into his career with a stellar campaign with the Braves last season. He posted a 2.83 ERA with 135 strikeouts and 42 walks across 136 2/3 innings. The right-hander missed a few starts early in the season due to a hamstring injury but was otherwise a stalwart in the Braves’ rotation.

From 2015-17, Sánchez had an aggregate 5.67 ERA, so it looked like he was on his way out of baseball. The Nationals are now hoping he can bolster a rotation that already includes Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and fellow newcomer Patrick Corbin.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.