Brewers, Avisaíl García agree to two-year, $20 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers and free agent outfielder Avisaíl García have agreed on a two-year, $20 million contract.

García, 28, spent the past season with the Rays after inking a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. He was about average, going by Baseball Reference’s Wins Above Replacement. He put up 2.0 WAR, exactly what an average player would produce. García hit .282/.332/.464 with 20 home runs, 72 RBI, 61 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases across 530 plate appearances.

García will handle left field for the Brewers, joining an outfield that features Lorenzo Cain in center and Christian Yelich in right. Despite that outfield, the Brewers still have a lot of work to do to return the roster to a highly competitive level, so the club is almost certainly not done tinkering this offseason.

Heyman points out that García actually turned down a three-year deal from the Brewers because the collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021 season. García is hoping to have two good years, then get a better contract under a new CBA.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.