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Diamondbacks sign Wilmer Flores

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free agent infielder Wilmer Flores. It’s a one-year deal with a club option. The financial terms are not yet known.

Flores has spent his entire six-year career with the Mets. In 2018 he hit .267/.319/.746 (107 OPS+) with 11 homers while playing first, second third an DHing. In his career he has played more games at shortstop than anyplace else. He’s likely a liability there and, for that matter, at third base at this point. In Arizona it’s likely he’ll platoon with Jake Lamb at first and/or cover for Lamb at first when Lamb takes third base and Eduardo Escobar plays short, second or, perhaps, the outfield.

Flexibility, don’t you know. It’s what you have to have when you trade and/or let your stars go via free agency like the Dbacks have.

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.