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Alex Rios, Michael Morse, Brandon Morrow, Brian Wilson and More MLB News

Reports indicate that two more free agent outfielders are off the MLB free agent market.  Alex Rios and the Kansas City Royals have reportedly agreed on a one-year-deal which is said to be worth $11 million.  Meanwhile the Miami Marlins have signed 2014 World Series winner Michael Morse to a two-year deal.  Both deals are pending physicals with their clubs.

The 33-year-old Rios fills a hole in the Royals outfield created with Josh Willingham’s retirement, and Nori Aoki’s impending departure via free agency.  Rios spent last season with the Texas Rangers where he played in 131 games putting up a .280/.311/.398 slash line with four home runs and 54 RBI. Rios has some speed as he stole 17 bases last year.  He is a two-time MLB All-Star, with a career .278/.323/.439 slash line and 165 home runs and 762 RBIs in 1586 games. was first with the Rios signing.

The 32-year-old Morse spent 2014 with the Giants, hitting .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games. He is likely to be a full-time first baseman in Miami and provide protection for Giancarlo Stanton in the batting order. His contract is reportedly in the $12 million range.

In other baseball news, The San Diego Padres have taken a gamble on oft-injured, but extremely talented starter Brandon Morrow, formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays. Morrow will earn a base salary of $2.5 million plus incentives. He pitched just 33 1/3 innings this year due to a torn tendon sheath in his index finger. In 2012 Morrow posted a 2.96 ERA in 124.2 innings, but mid-way through that campaign a series of injury issues started. Those injury issues have derailed him in each of the last three years.

Meanwhile the Los Angeles Dodgers are releasing reliever Brian Wilson. The Team will still owe him $9.5 million this season. After signing a two-year $20 million deal last off-season Wilson threw just 48 innings with a 4.66 ERA and 54/29 K/BB last year. He also suffered through a number of arm issues.

The Rockies have signed infielder Daniel Descalso. Descalso became a free agent when he was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals. The deal is for two years and $3.6 million.

Gavin Floyd has signed with the Cleveland Indians. Coming off Tommy John Surgery, Floyd had just nine starts for the Braves before having to be shut down with arm issues. He was good when healthy, posting a 2.65 ERA and 45/13 K/BB ratio in 54 innings for Atlanta.


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