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Video: During parents’ TV interview, Isan Díaz hits first major league homer


Marlins second base prospect Isan Díaz made his major league debut on Monday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader in New York against the Mets. He grounded out and popped out in his first two major league plate appearances. During his third trip to the plate, in the sixth inning, the Marlins broadcast interviewed Díaz’s parents from the stands. During the interview, with the count 1-2, Díaz turned on a Jacob deGrom fastball for his first major league hit, home run, and RBI. The reaction is priceless:

Díaz, 23, is the Marlins’ No. 5 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. With Triple-A New Orleans, Díaz hit .305/.395/.578 with 26 home runs, 70 RBI, and 89 runs scored in 435 plate appearances. Those are certainly stats worthy of a promotion to the big leagues.

Report: Rangers sign Joely Rodríguez to two-year, $5.5 million contract

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Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers and reliever Joely Rodríguez have agreed to a two-year contract worth $5.5 million.

Rodríguez, 28, pitched briefly for the Phillies in 2016-17, posting a disappointing 5.40 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 19 walks over 36 2/3 innings. He pitched in the Rangers’ and Orioles’ minor league systems in ’17-18 before traveling to Japan to play for the Chunichi Dragons. Rodríguez had much more success there. In 87 2/3 innings with the Dragons, he posted a 1.85 ERA with 103 strikeouts and 28 walks.

The Rangers’ bullpen was among the worst in the league last season, so the addition of Rodríguez behind closer José Leclerc should help.