Cubs’ Ottavio “Cubby” Staton heads to camp, and more free agency news

With free agency settling in the Washington, D.C., area, we’ve updated our free agency tracker with news, notes and deals. Here’s the latest: Ottavio “Cubby” Staton: The star of last summer’s highly regarded Dominican…

Cubs’ Ottavio “Cubby” Staton heads to camp, and more free agency news

With free agency settling in the Washington, D.C., area, we’ve updated our free agency tracker with news, notes and deals. Here’s the latest:

Ottavio “Cubby” Staton: The star of last summer’s highly regarded Dominican Winter League, the 29-year-old right-hander signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in late March, that he said could turn into a major-league deal if he breaks camp with Chicago. Staton, whose 2.25 ERA in 34 innings last year in the lower levels of the Dominican league was third in the league behind Javier Guerra and Yordano Ventura, is expected to throw in Chicago this week.

Santiago Casilla: He’s been the Giants’ go-to closer for much of the last two seasons, but in the midst of a two-year postseason slump — he converted one save in the World Series and went 1-4 this season — Casilla’s value diminished significantly in the minds of teams looking for a cheaper alternative. Through the weekend, Casilla was a free agent, but he was traded to the Royals and appeared in Kansas City’s first two games.

Homer Bailey: The 32-year-old right-hander made $14.75 million in the last year of his contract with the Reds, but the club had his arbitration hearing deferred until June in hopes of giving him more opportunity to get some work with the minors. That time apparently has come, as Bailey agreed to terms on a three-year, $29 million deal with Cincinnati.

Sergio Romo: The bullpen stalwart of 2014 to 2015 signed a two-year deal with the Indians last week. The right-hander went 1-1 with one save and a 1.74 ERA for the Giants in 2017. The right-hander will make $5.8 million next season and $7.75 million in 2021.

Braxton Miller: The left-hander’s stats for the Astros were better than in 2016, when he went 3-2 with one save and a 2.64 ERA. This year, Miller had a 2.74 ERA through eight starts, making him an especially attractive free agent to teams looking for a secondary middle reliever. Miller signed a three-year, $16 million deal with the Mariners in late March.

Omar Narvaez: The St. Louis Cardinals signed the veteran catcher last week, but the team’s reasons for signing him were far more visible than his stats were. When Molina went down with a back injury in late April, general manager John Mozeliak said “There are always things to think about” when he sits down with the starting catcher to mull over the options. He said that Molina could play designated hitter if the Cardinals moved a first baseman into his regular role, but he could also play infield and outfield.

Martin Maldonado: The Angels made Maldonado one of the best bargains on the market, signing him to a two-year deal worth just $12 million. The 31-year-old catcher is in his 11th year in the majors and made $4.5 million last season.

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