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Report: Justin Wilson drawing interest from multiple teams

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Adam Ottavino isn’t the only reliever of interest this offseason. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent left-hander Justin Wilson has attracted the interest of “6-7 clubs” so far this offseason, though no one specific team appears to have made a particularly strong offer so far.

Wilson, 31, capped his 2018 campaign with a 3.46 ERA, 5.4 BB/9, and 11.4 SO/9 over 54 2/3 innings with the Cubs. While he struggled to curb a worrisome walk rate and saw a velocity dip on his heater for the first time since 2015, it was hardly his worst season to date. True to form, he logged the ninth-most appearances by any National League reliever — a testament to his year-to-year consistency, as he’s ranked among the league’s top producers for the last five straight seasons — and his near career-high strikeout rate was among the best in the league, to boot. So far this winter, he’s solely been linked to the Mets, but the club doesn’t appear to be exclusively focused on the lefty as SNY’s Andy Martino recently mentioned that they also have their eye on free agent right-hander Adam Warren these days.

While the market appears to be heating up for the likes of Ottavino and Wilson, the opposite holds true for fellow free agent Craig Kimbrel. Per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, Kimbrel’s market is currently said to be “crazy low,” and there’s some speculation that his reported six-year, $100 million asking price is to blame — especially with bigger free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still in play. The right-handed closer is coming off of a three-year All-Star run with the Red Sox and has been previously connected to the Red Sox, Phillies, and Braves.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.