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Nationals Activate Max Scherzer, Jayson Werth From DL

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The Washington Nationals bolstered their team for the critical stretch run as they activated two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and outfielder Jayson Werth on Monday.

To make room on the roster, Washington optioned outfielders Rafael Bautista and Andrew Stevenson to Triple-A Syracuse.

Scherzer has had an impressive season posting a 12-5 record with a 2.25 ERA in 24 starts this season, but hasn’t pitched since August 13th due to neck spasms.

Werth is coming off the 6-day DL, which he was placed on back in June for a left foot contusion. Werth was hitting .262 with eight home runs and 18 RBIs in 47 games this season.

Werth has kept a positive attitude about the long stint on the DL, saying that the rest could be a benefit for the stretch run.

“There’s definitely some silver lining to this whole thing,” Werth said (h/t ESPN).

“I’m just fortunate enough that I should have enough games under my belt to be ready for a push in October and help the team in any way that I can. … I’ll hopefully be a big part of this thing.”

 

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Phillies Sign Andrew McCutchen to 3-Year, $50M Contract

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with free agent veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen on a 3-year, $50 million contract, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.

McCutchen, 32, started the 2018 campaign with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to the New York Yankees ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

McCutchen performed well for the Yankees, and the Phillies are banking on that version of McCutchen moving forward.

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Marlins Outright Yadiel Rivera, Brett Graves

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The Miami Marlins have outrighted infielder Yadiel Rivera and right hander Brett Graves, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Wells Dusenbury.

Rivera, 26, hit the majors this past season to the tune of a .173/.269/.216 batting line in 160 plate appearances.

Graves pitched for Miami this season, his first stint in the majors, and posted a 5.40 ERA.

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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