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Report: Rays to sign Avisaíl García to one-year, $3.5 million deal


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays are close to signing free agent outfielder Avisaíl García. Per’s Mark Feinsand, the deal is for $3.5 million plus performance bonuses. The White Sox non-tendered García, who was entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, in late November.

García, 27, had a tremendous 2017 campaign, but suffered from injuries and mean-regression this past season. He played in only 93 games, batting .236/.281/.438 with 19 home runs and 49 RBI in across 385 plate appearances.

García figures to compete for some playing time in right field as well as the DH spot. If he has a bounce-back year, he will provide a decent amount of value for the Rays, who could potentially flip him at the non-waiver trade deadline.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base


Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.