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Dusty Baker Fired By Nationals After Two Years As Manager

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As reported by several outlets on Friday (10/20), the Washington Nationals fired manager Dusty Baker after suffering their second straight NLDS defeat (lost in five games both series).

Washington finished first in the NL East both years with Baker as skipper.

Baker led the Nationals to a 95-67 record in 2016 and followed it up this season by going 97-65.

According to USA Today, Baker was pretty upset by the firing.

“I’m surprised and disappointed. They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me.”

The 68-year-old’s contract expired after the season.

“I really thought this was my best year,” continued Baker. “We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back-to-back years but they said they wanted to go in a different direction. It’s hard to understand.”

In a 22-year career as manager of the San Francisco Giants (1993-2002), Chicago Cubs (2003-06), Cincinnati Reds (2008-13), and Washington, Baker’s winning percentage is .532.

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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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