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Mets Welcome Back Omar Minaya For Third Stint In Front Office

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After a seven-year absence from the New York Mets, former general manager Omar Minaya is back for his third stint with the team.

Minaya, 59, officially accepted a position on Friday as a special assistant to current Mets general manager Sandy Alderson with a focus on scouting and player development, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reported.

“Omar has a long history with the Mets,” said Alderson in a statement per MLB.com. “He has served the club well in many different areas. Omar will be a resource on scouting and player development, will consult on player acquisitions and will serve as a community ambassador. We are very happy to have him back in the organization.”

Minaya began his career with New York as an assistant general manager from 1998-01 before returning from 2004-10 as the full-time general manager; he was fired following the 2010 season following consecutive fourth-place finishes in the National League East.

Other duties for Minaya in his career as a front office executive includes being the Montreal Expos’ general manager from 2002-04, and the vice president of baseball operations for the San Diego Padres from 2011-15.

“Christmas came earlier than expected,” said Minaya on Friday. “Being able to come back home to be with the Mets, to be able to do what I love the most, which is scouting and development. I’m coming home to a Mets family that is very dear.”

For Minaya, it won’t be strange for him to work with Alderson- the man who replaced him following 2010.

“I have so much respect for Sandy. And the fact that he wanted me back, that’s how we kind of turned the corner,” said Minaya.

The Mets are coming off another fourth-place finish in 2017 after they went 70-92. This followed a first-place finish of 90-72 in 2015 which saw them win the pennant, and an 87-75 record in 2016.

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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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