Terrible news for the Royals: an MRI has revealed that catcher Salvador Perez‘s has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. It was injured during a workout on Wednesday.
Perez will get a second opinion early next week before the next step is determined, but Tommy John surgery is a possibility. If that is the case, he’d be out for the year in all likelihood.
Perez, unquestionably the Royals’ team leader, hit .235/.274/.439 with 27 homers in 2018. If he is lost, Cam Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria are the Royals’ most likely 1-2 combination behind the plate.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.