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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Kintzler's deal to return to the Nationals gives them the same solid 7-8-9 combo they had down the stretch last year (Kintzler/Madson/Doolittle), when Washington's pen was among the best in baseball. Even better, the Nats were able to retain the 2017 All-Star at a price (two years, $10M) that seems like a bargain relative to recent reliever deals.

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Padres working very hard to move Chase Headley, other teams say.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler was already having a strong winter with Justin Upton's contract extension and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition. Now he's filled a major hole by acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit for two fringe prospects. Kinsler, 35, is still a very good defender and a threat to steal 15-20 bases. He also plays the game with a competitive edge that should make him a nice fit in a relatively serene Angels' clubhouse. The Angels are reportedly working on a trade to acquire a third baseman — possibly San Diego's Chase Headley — so Eppler might not be done yet.

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Most 5-WAR seasons since 2013 (Position Players): Mike Trout 5, Ian Kinsler 4, Josh Donaldson 4, Adrián Beltré 4.

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Ian Kinsler's 37 Defensive Runs Saved are the most among 2B over the last 3 seasons. No one else had more than 17.

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The Angels have reportedly agreed to a deal for 2B Ian Kinsler. Angels 2B ranked in the bottom 3 in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage last season. The 4 who played the position most often combined for -0.9 WAR. Kinsler had an off year last season, hitting .236 with a .725 OPS, 50 points below what each of those numbers were from 2014 to 2016.

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Now the Angels' deal for Ian Kinsler is across the finish line. Done.

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Mariners reportedly reached agreement on a deal with reliever Juan Nicasio. The Mariners used 40 pitchers last season, tying an MLB record. Nicasio was durable. He tied for the NL lead with 76 appearances and pitched to a 2.61 ERA.

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Newest Astros reliever Joe Smith struck out 11.8 batters per 9 innings last season, by far the highest rate of his career (previous: 9.1 with the 2007 Mets). The postseason showed the Astros needed help for a bullpen that ranked 17th in ERA during the regular season.

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Newest Cardinals OF Marcell Ozuna had career highs in batting average, OPS, HR and RBI in 2017. Per Statcast, his 129 hits with an exit velocity of 95+ MPH were 3rd in MLB. Ozuna also won a Gold Glove in LF last season. His 11 Defensive Runs Saved ranked 2nd in MLB.

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Newest Met Anthony Swarzak had a 2.33 ERA in 70 appearances in 2017. He'll bolster a Mets bullpen that ranked in the bottom 3 in ERA, WHIP and opponents' OPS in 2017. Swarzak got off to a hot start- 19 2/3 innings with 0 earned runs and 4 hits allowed through May 15. He had a 3.12 ERA and 1.28 WHIP the rest of the season.

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Tigers do not have an Ian Kinsler deal with the Angels yet, according to sources.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein break down the Cardinals, who traded for Marcell Ozuna on Wednesday. He had a feeling this would be a big offseason for St. Louis.

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Going rate for some relievers has been $9 million annually. Joe Smith getting less than that in his two-year deal, source indicates.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras seems determined to get Jake Arrieta a Justin Verlander/Max Scherzer type deal. He keeps mentioning them and Arrieta in the same sentence, citing their big game playoff resume, and in Arrieta's case, his lighter workload heading into free agency than the others had.