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Mets Improve Bullpen With Signing Of Anthony Swarzak

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After coming off a career year in 2017, right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak officially agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $14 million with the New York Mets on Friday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Swarzak, 32, appeared in a career-high 70 games this past season across 77 1/3 innings. He set numerous career-bests such as a 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .211 BAA, 91 strikeouts, and 10.6 strikeouts-per-nine. Prior to 2017, he had posted a 4.52 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 5.8 strikeouts-per-nine in his entire seven year (2009, 2011-16) Major League career.

Truly a breakout campaign for Swarzak relying on just two pitches- a four-seamer and slider. He never experienced success quite like what he accomplished in 2017, and that’s why Brewers general manager David Stearns offered him a two-year deal himself to return. But business is business.

“Relievers in general are tricky to evaluate,” said Stearns, per MLB.com. “That problem is probably accentuated a little bit with someone like Anthony, who had a career that didn’t necessarily predict what he did last year. At the same time, you can’t take away what he did last year. He had a tremendous year. He was a big part of our run down the stretch and he deserves to be rewarded for it.”

After spending his first five seasons with the Minnesota Twins (181 games/32 starts), Swarzak appeared in 10 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2015, and 26 for the New York Yankees the following year.

Overall in his career, Swarzak’s 23-30 with a 4.22 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and .270 BAA in 561 1/3 innings.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson knows just how much Swarzak can help his ballclub.

“We wanted to acquire an extra arm,” said Alderson. “I think we got somebody we’re really happy about and is going to improve us.”

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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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