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Juan Nicasio | Relief Pitcher | #12

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 255
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Mariners signed RHP Juan Nicasio to a two-year, $17 million contract.
The deal was agreed upon at last week's Winter Meetings and then finalized Wednesday after Nicasio passed his physical. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a strong 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings this past season between the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, leading all National League relievers in appearances. He should be a steady setup man for young Mariners closer Edwin Diaz. Wed, Dec 20, 2017 01:05:00 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners will sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the contract is worth $17 million, pending a physical. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances this past season and finished with 72 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings while registering a 2.61 ERA between the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals. He should get a chance for high-leverage innings behind closer Edwin Diaz in Seattle.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 05:26:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners and Cardinals are "vying" for free agent Juan Nicasio.

Jim Bowden tweeted earlier that the Mariners were "in the red zone" for a reliever and that Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility," but it seems the Cardinals are making a play to keep the 31-year-old right-hander, who served as their primary closer down the stretch this past season. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances in 2017 while putting up a 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 03:15:00 PM

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, free agent reliever Juan Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility" for the Mariners.

Bowden says the Mariners are "in the red zone" to acquire a relief pitcher, though it's not entirely clear whether Nicasio is the guy. The 31-year-old right-hander led the National League in appearances in 2017, delivering a strong 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between the Phillies, Pirates, and Cardinals. He served as the primary closer in St. Louis down the stretch.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 02:50:00 PM

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times reports that the Mets have shown interest in free agent reliever Juan Nicasio.

The Mets have been all over the relief market, so at this point it might be more helpful to list the names they aren't considering. Nicasio would be a nice addition, depending on the price tag. The 31-year-old led the NL with 76 appearances this past season while posting a 2.61 ERA and 72/20 K/BB ratio over 72 1/3 innings. The Cardinals recently re-signed Luke Gregerson, but they could still be interested in bringing him back.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 12:42:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals don't expect to re-sign Juan Nicasio during their exclusive negotiating window.

The two sides had talks about a new contract, but Nicasio is prepared to test out the free agent waters. The Cardinals remain interested in re-signing the reliever, perhaps as an option at closer.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 11:28:00 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "have already made overtures" to Juan Nicasio about re-signing.

Goold adds that Nicasio has told his agent to "try and make a good deal. I want to stay here." Nicasio has been superb in his brief tenure in St. Louis, posting a 1.64 ERA and 11/2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings while going 4-for-4 in save chances. St. Louis no doubt will be looking to add bullpen pieces this winter, so it's no surprise that there's mutual interest for a reunion. Nicasio could potentially be in the mix for saves should he re-sign, although the Cards might prefer to use him in a setup role and bring in a bigger name closer.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 09:45:00 AM

Juan Nicasio allowed a hit in the ninth inning but kept the Brewers off the board while earning a save on Saturday.

He allowed a two-out single to Orlando Arcia but struck out Brett Phillips to slam the door. The veteran reliever has grabbed hold of the closer's job in St. Louis after previously pitching for the Phillies and Pirates this year. He has six saves and a 2.61 ERA in 72 1/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 09:27:00 PM

Juan Nicasio recorded a four-out save in Tuesday's victory over the Cubs.

Nicasio was summoned with two out in the eighth and the Cardinals clinging to a one-run lead. He gave up a double to Kris Bryant but then induced a pop-up from Anthony Rizzo. Nicasio made things interesting in the ninth with a couple walks but wound up striking out the side to strand the tying and go-ahead runs. He's 3-for-3 in save chances with St. Louis.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 12:17:00 AM

Juan Nicasio picked up a victory in relief on Friday, working a pair of scoreless innings against the Pirates.

Nicasio came on with the Cardinals trailing by a run in the eighth inning, then stayed on for the ninth after the Cardinals scored two runs in the top half of the inning. He now boasts a 2.74 ERA and 1.06 WHIP on the year, though the Cardinals won't be able to utilize his services in the postseason.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:51:00 PM

Juan Nicasio fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn another save against the Pirates on Saturday.

He now has two saves in two days against the team that traded him to the Cardinals earlier in the week. He allowed a lead-off single to Jordy Mercer but didn't let him advance any further. The Cardinals' closer situation has been a mess all season and it looks like they might let the newcomer run away with the job down the stretch, although he will not be eligible to pitch in the playoffs if they make it there. For the season he has a 2.69 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 11:41:00 PM

Making his Cardinals debut, Juan Nicasio got a four-out save Friday against his old Pirates team.

The Pirates had to love this, but it's really all their own fault. It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals continue to use Nicasio to close. He should be their best reliever, but since he's postseason-roster ineligible, the Cardinals would have to come up with a totally different ninth-inning plan in October should they advance. For that reason, one imagines that they'd prefer to use Nicasio in a setup role and find someone else for the ninth.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 01:20:00 AM

Cardinals acquired RHP Juan Nicasio from the Phillies for INF Eliezer Alvarez.

Philadelphia claimed Nicasio off waivers from the Pirates on August 31, giving up nothing in return, and will now flip the 31-year-old reliever to St. Louis for a young infield prospect. Nicasio boasts a 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 61/18 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings this season and he gives the Cardinals' bullpen a much-needed upgrade. He will not, however, be eligible for the playoffs if the Cardinals make it there.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 02:37:00 PM

Phillies claimed RHP Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pirates.

Pittsburgh placed Nicasio on irrevocable outright waivers, so the club will get nothing back in return (expect for a bit of salary relief). The 31-year-old right-hander has registered a sharp 2.85 ERA and 60/18 K/BB ratio in 60 innings of relief this season and will immediately step into a high-leverage role in Philadelphia. He could even see some saves down the stretch.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 02:56:00 PM

Juan Nicasio has been placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

Which means that any team can claim the 30-year-old right-hander and won't have to give up anything to the Pirates in return. They'd just have to assume the roughly $600,000 remaining on his $3.65 million salary for 2017. Nicasio boasts a 2.85 ERA and 60/18 K/BB ratio through 60 innings of relief this season and seems likely to land with a new club very soon.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 06:59:00 PM

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