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The Orioles and outfielder Dexter Fowler are discussing a two-year, $24 million deal.
It remains unclear whether or not the Orioles have an issue with signing multiple free agents who rejected qualifying offers. If the club wants to consider other options, Will Venable and David Murphy will almost certainly cost less than Fowler. However, neither will likely be as productive.
If the Orioles are able to add Fowler to their lineup, they would also lose the No. 28 pick in the draft. But if they value upgrading their roster and offense specifically, adding Fowler could become a goal.
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The Rangers signed Jeremy Guthrie to a minor-league deal.
Spencer Bingol of Beyond the Box Score explored some potential pre-arbitration extension candidates.
The Dodgers and Cuban right-handed pitcher Yaisel Sierra finalized a six-year deal.
Sierra had a 4.23 ERA in five years in La Serie Nacional in Cuba, with 221 strikeouts and 166 walks in 300 innings for Holguin and Sancti Spiritus. He started 25 of his 131 career games in Cuba, though in the 2014-2015 season all 36 of his appearances came in relief.
In his final season in Cuba, Sierra had a 6.10 ERA in 62 innings, with 55 strikeouts and 31 walks, though nine of the walks were intentional. He also had 11 wild pitches and seven hit by pitches. He hit 38 batters in his last three seasons.
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Today in Baseball History: In 198 , Billy Martin is signed to manager the Athletics after another rocky partial season as manager of the Yankees.