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Gabe Kapler Hired By Phillies As New Manager

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The search for the 54th manager of the Philadelphia Phillies ended Monday, as the team agreed to terms with former Major League outfielder Gabe Kapler.

Since November 2014, Kapler has been the Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

According to ESPN, Kapler was one of three finalists to replace Pete Mackanin as Phillies manager. The other two were recently fired Red Sox manager John Farrell, and Dustin Wathan, manager of the Phillies’ triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Kapler, 42, said the following in a statement:

“I’m equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans. I believe there is no better place to build a winning environment, and I take that task very seriously.”

In parts of 12 Major League seasons for six teams from 1998-2010, Kapler hit .268/.329/.420 with 82 home runs; he also won a World Series ring in 2004 for the Red Sox.

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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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