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Phillies Introduce Carlos Santana After Agreeing To Three-Year Deal

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The Philadelphia Phillies have signed switch-hitting first baseman Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million deal, the team officially announced on Wednesday.

FanRag Sports was the first to announce Philadelphia’s agreement with Santana, which occurred last Friday.

“I know the Phillies have a lot of young players,” said Santana during a Wednesday press conference, per MLB.com. “I signed here because the Phillies want me. They believe in me. I’m excited.”

Santana, 31, has spent his entire eight-year Major League career with the Cleveland Indians since 2010. Although he’s just a .249 career hitter, he’s extremely durable and well known for his ability to produce and get on base, averaging 153 games, 98 walks, 24 homers, and 81 RBIs in his seven full seasons since 2011.

MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported that Phillies general manager Matt Klentak was extremely high on Santana from the beginning of free agency.

“We are genuinely excited about this organization’s future,” said Klentak per MLB.com. “You’ve heard me talk about it a lot this offseason, about the strides we believe we made in the second half last year, about the quality of our farm system, about our ownership’s commitment. We basically told him (Santana) the truth from the very beginning. We told him why we thought he was a good fit here, the skillset he possesses and the impact we believe he can have.”

In addition to his offensive abilities, Santana is also a top-notch defender, fresh off his first Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award (given annually to one player at each position). Santana committed just five errors in 1,155 total chances at first base in 2017 for a fielding percentage of .996.

Santana is a career .249/.365/.445 hitter with 174 homers, 587 RBIs, and just 86 more strikeouts (812) than walks (726).

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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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