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, $18 million deal, according to reporter Ken Rosenthal. The deal has a vesting or club option for the third year that could bring the deal to a total of $27 million. The 29-year old right-hander spent the first seven and a half seasons of his Major League career with the Royals, and was part of both pennant-winning clubs. He was a two-time All-Star in Kansas City with a 2.75 ERA and 57 saves before the club traded him last summer to the Washington Nationals for minor leaguers Blake Perkins, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Yohanse Morel. In his time with the Royals and Nationals last year, Herrera had a 2.44 ERA in 44 1/3 innings with 38 strikeouts and 17 saves.The White Sox lost 100 games last year and were led in saves by former Royals pitcher Joakim Soria, who they dealt to Milwaukee in July. However they appear to be dedicated to accelerating their rebuild movement with aggressive moves, making a play for Bryce Harper and putting in a formal offer on Manny Machado.The signing of Herrera follows the signing of Zack Britton to the Yankees and David Robertson to the Phillies last week http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-starlin-castro-jersey
, suggesting the market for relievers is starting to move quickly. The Twins are also rumored to be close to signing Blake Parker, a pitcher the Royals were said to have interest in. There are still a number of relief free agents available, although the Royals may wait for bargains closer to spring training, as they reportedly want to look for reclamation projects. Last year, the Royals bullpen had the worst bullpen ERA in the American League at 5.04. Wily Peralta is the only current Royals pitcher on the 40-man roster with more than two career saves and Kevin McCarthy is the only Royals pitcher with at least 100 career MLB relief appearances. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Gausman has enjoyed transitioning to his new team. Dansby Swanson helped make it all the more pleasant Tuesday night.Gausman breezed through eight innings, Swanson had two homers and four RBIs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1.In his fourth start for Atlanta, Gausman (8-9) gave up four hits with five strikeouts and two walks, helping the NL East-leading Braves take the first two legs of the three-game series. He has allowed six runs in 27 innings since being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on July 31.“This is a fun team to play for Miguel Rojas Jersey
, especially right now,” Gausman said. “We’re playing well and it’s a fun place to come to work every day. A little different than where I’ve been this season. It was frustrating being over there, being a part of the season (the Orioles are) having over there was tough.”Swanson’s first homer gave the Braves a 2-0 lead in the fifth before he sent another two-run shot into nearly the same spot in the left field bleachers, extending the lead to 5-0 in the seventh. Kurt Suzuki doubled down the left-field line, scoring Ozzie Albies from first for the third run. Tyler Flowers scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to make it 6-0.“You’re not really looking at the results,” Swanson said. “You’re really looking at the progress and the process. … It’s definitely a good thing moving forward, but tomorrow’s a new day.”Ivan Nova (7-8) allowed Swanson’s first home run after retiring his initial 10 batters, including the first nine on 29 pitches. Ender Inciarte singled to center for Atlanta’s first hit with one out in the fourth.Nova got through six innings on 78 pitches (51 strikes) Bryan Holaday Jersey
, but was removed when Josh Harrison pinch-hit with one out and the Pirates trailing 2-0 in the sixth. He allowed two runs and four hits with four strikeouts.The Pirates had allowed one run in each of their previous five games, but were 2-3 during that stretch.“I knew (getting pulled) was going to happen,” Nova said. “We need to score. It’s been tough the last week. A lot of good pitching.”Harrison singled and the Pirates eventually loaded the bases with two outs, but Gausman got out of the jam when Josh Bell grounded out to short.“(Gausman) is pitching exactly how we had hoped when we got him,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He was really, really good tonight. That was huge.”Gregory Polanco led off the ninth with a home run off Chad Sobotka for Pittsburgh’s lone run.“Can we adjust the lineup, look at some different things? We’ve talked about it,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s been hard. These guys are battling. Guys are doing some different things to try to change up some things. … We’re not getting the results we want.”ROSTER MOVESBraves: OF Michael Reed was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. RHP Bryse Wilson was optioned to Gwinnett following his major league debut Monday.Pirates: RHP Clay Holmes was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. OF Jordan Luplow was optioned to Indianapolis.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: Suzuki was pulled after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning. Flowers ran for Suzuki shortly after he made his way to first base. Snitker did not provide an update following the game.Pirates: OF Starling Marte did not start after visiting a doctor for undisclosed reasons earlier Tuesday. He entered the game as a defensive replacement in center field for the eighth inning. Marte was benched Monday http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-starlin-castro-jersey
, but pinch hit in the ninth inning after Hurdle deemed he lacked effort while running the bases in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.24) would like to build off his past two starts when he takes the mound for the series finale against the Pirates on Wednesday. After failing to go at least six innings in three starts from July 24-Aug. 5, he has gone a combined 13 in his last two starts while allowing three runs and five hits.Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (10-9, 3.53) will aim to keep his hot stretch going when he faces the Braves on Wednesday. He has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his past six starts and hasn’t surrendered a run in four of those starts, dating to July 11.