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White Sox to sign Kelvin Herrera

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Jeff Passan reports that the Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $18 million deal with reliever Kelvin Herrera. There is a vesting third-year option as well.

Herrera pitched for the Royals and Nationals last year, putting up a combined 2-3 record with a 2.44 ERA in 44 games. He was the closer for the Royals and, initially anyway, set up for the Nats, moving into closing duties once Sean Doolittle was injured. Herrera’s own season ended on August 26 when he was carted off the field after tearing the Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. The Lisfranc ligament connects several bones in the foot. I did not know that and I imagine neither did most of you.

In all Herrera picked up 17 saves on the year. He struck out 38 batters and walked 10 in 44.1 innings. He’ll likely close for the White Sox.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.