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Morning Mound Visit: Astros sign Pedro Báez

The longtime Dodger finds a new home; six-pitcher rotations; the closer’s the closer because it makes sense?

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Spencer Morris | The Crawfish Boxes: Pedro Báez and the Houston Astros agreed to a two-year deal worth between $12 and $14 million with a club option for a third. Báez made his major league debut in 2014, and in seven seasons with the Dodgers, he pitched to a 3.61 FIP.

Ben Clemens | FanGraphs: The Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers plan to use a six-pitcher starting rotation in 2021. Adding another starter to the mix has its benefits and drawbacks, and not every team would benefit equally. For most, however, what’s there to be gained typically outweighs what is given up.

Russell Carleton | Baseball Prospectus $: The analytics community rolls its eyes at people who say, “The closer’s the closer because he’s the closer,” but saving the best pitcher for last has some strategic value. As much as we might want to use our best reliever at the highest leverage spot, that isn’t always possible, and it might come with a real downside.