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Quick Hits: Martinez, Zaun, Nationals, Mota

Quick Hits:
  • is reporting that the Marlins and Pedro Martinez are engaging in preliminary contract talks. Martinez, 37, would provide the Marlins with a veteran in the rotation, someone who could mentor Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad, and Andrew Miller. I'm skeptical, considering Martinez told papers that he wants to return to the Mets. It could be a ploy to bring up the price.
  • The Orioles have found their back up catcher. The Orioles and Gregg Zaun have agreed to a one year deal, according to the Baltimore Sun. Zaun will back up for Matt Wieters, assuming he has a good spring. The Orioles were better off waiting to see if Ivan Rodriguez's price came down, but Zaun is a decent signing nevertheless.
  • The Nationals have inquired about Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher, according to If the Nationals can land one at a low price, they could then spin one of their current outfielders in another deal for better prospects.
  • The Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that the Dodgers are close to signing free agent reliever Guillermo Mota, who had a 4.11 ERA in 57 innings for the Brewers last season.
This story was approved by MLB Rumors.