Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi report that the Blue Jays have signed free agent pitcher Tanner Roark. It’s a two-year, $24 million pact, per Jon Heyman.
Roark, 33, pitched for the Reds and Athletics last season, posting an aggregate 4.35 ERA with 158 strikeouts and 51 walks over 165 1/3 innings. He’s a few seasons removed from his career year in 2016, when he finished 10th in NL Cy Young balloting with a 2.83 ERA. The Blue Jays, however, are simply looking for Roark to slot into the rotation and eat some innings.
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.