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 Posted: Fri Nov 4th, 2016 05:02 pm
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MIAMI - Fernando Rodney is a free agent after the Miami Marlins declined his $2 million option, choosing instead to pay a $400,000 buyout.

The 39-year-old reliever had a 5.89 ERA and eight saves in 39 games after being acquired by the Marlins in a June trade with San Diego for minor league right-hander Chris Paddack.

Rodney made his third All-Star team this season and finished 2-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 25 saves. The right-hander has 261 career saves and a 3.69 ERA in 14 major league seasons.

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The Houston Astros have already started shaping their roster for the 2017 campaign, claiming veteran outfielder Nori Aoki off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Aoki, who signed a one-year, $6-million deal with the Mariners last winter that included a mutual option for 2017, enjoyed a fairly productive season in 2016 despite enduring two stints with the club's Triple-A affiliate. In 118 games with Seattle, the 34-year-old hit .283/.349/.388 with four homers and 1.2 WAR, starting 88 contests in left field and another 14 in center.

Since making his MLB debut in 2012 following an eight-year stint with the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball, Aoki has hit .286/.353/.387 with 88 stolen bases and 8.6 WAR in 649 games between the Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals, and Milwaukee Brewers.

With Colby Rasmus unlikely to return to Houston next season, Aoki could see regular time in left field in 2016, or provide depth behind George Springer, Jake Marisnick, and Preston Tucker.

"He's a left-handed hitter with a good contact rate, good plate discipline and a low strikeout rate and plays multiple positions," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.

"We've got a lot of power guys but they do tend to strike out some, so getting somebody that is a different look in the lineup, both from the different side and also a different style, I think could really lengthen our lineup and give (manager) A.J. (Hinch) a lot of options."

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The Major League Baseball Players Association announced Friday its six finalists for the 2016 Comeback Player of the Year award for both the National and American Leagues.

Late Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez headlines the top three candidates in the NL, and is the likely favorite. Also vying for the award are Los Angeles Dodgers starter Rich Hill and Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Jean Segura.

Fernandez was one of the most dominant pitchers in the NL this season, posting a 2.86 ERA and a 16-8 record before his death in a boating accident Sept. 25.

Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo will compete with Texas Rangers duo Yu Darvish and Ian Desmond for the AL award. Trumbo led all of MLB with 47 home runs in 2016, making him the odds-on favorite for the prize.

The Players Choice Awards ceremony will take place Nov. 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

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The Philadelphia Phillies made an addition to their troubled relief corps Friday, announcing they've acquired veteran reliever Pat Neshek from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

As part of the transaction, Philadelphia exercised Neshek's $6.5-million club option for 2017.

Neshek should help bolster a young Phillies bullpen that posted a collective 5.05 ERA this past year, the third-highest mark in all of baseball.

Known primarily for his funky sidearm delivery, Neshek posted a 3.06 ERA and 0.936 WHIP while striking out 43 batters in 60 innings for the Astros last season. While he was utilized as a setup man by manager A.J. Hinch in 2015, the 36-year-old worked in middle relief this year, primarily as a specialist against right-handed batters thanks to his favorable splits. Righties posted a meager .463 OPS against him in 2016, compared to a .967 OPS from left-handed batters.

Over 10 seasons with the Twins, Padres, Athletics, Cardinals, and Astros, Neshek owns a 2.93 ERA, 1.046 WHIP, and 378 strikeouts. He was an All-Star with the Cardinals during the 2014 season.

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The Philadelphia Phillies declined Ryan Howard's $23-million club option, as well as Charlie Morton's $9.5-million club option, for the 2017 season, the team announced Thursday.

Not bringing back Howard doesn't come as much of a surprise after the worst season of the slugger's career. In his 13th season with the Phillies, Howard slashed .196/.257/.453 with 25 home runs and 114 strikeouts in 112 games.

Despite his best years being behind him, the 36-year-old still has some pop in his bat, clubbing at least 23 homers in each of his last three seasons.

Morton underwent season-ending surgery in late April after suffering a severe hamstring tear. He'll get a $1-million buyout from the Phillies.

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