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Nick Vincent

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Height: 6'0"    Weight: 185

Bats/Throws: Right / Right

Born: 07/12/1986 in Poway, California

College: Long Beach State University

Family: Wife Jackie

Acquired: In trade from the San Diego Padres, for cash considerations (03/30/2016)

MLB Debut: 06/26/2012

Free Agent after: 2019 season

Twitter handle: @NickVincent50

Nick Vincent is a WARrior. Of all relievers in the Majors, Vincent posted the 17th-best WAR, 1.8 (or 1.4, depending on who you ask). What that means is debatable, but even those of us that don't fully comprehend the concept of Wins Above Replacement—or, like me, that feel it's too subjective to be all that useful—recognize its value as a shorthand glimpse into a player's effectiveness. And Vincent has been effective. Moreover, he was a stable force in a bullpen that had its troubles last year, consistently shutting down opponents for most of the season. He kind of lost it at the very end; in 11 September appearances Vincent got knocked around to the tune of a .432 batting-average-against and 11.42 ERA. But discounting that last month, he turned in an exceptional season (56 innings, 1.93 ERA) as a setup man. He was especially good at home, logging a sub-1 WHIP in 3213 innings.

The 'pen isn't as iffy going into this season as it was last, so Vincent won't be relied upon to be that stabilizing force (we hope). Instead, he should be able to fit into a variety of setup and bridge-inning situations to keep the M's in the game.