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Astros Land Gerrit Cole, What It Means For Yankees

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The Houston Astros have won the battle for Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole as the two teams have agreed to a trade, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

The move improves a Houston rotation that is already featuring Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.

Over the past several weeks Pittsburgh had been discussing a trade with the New York Yankees that would have sent Cole to the Bronx in return for one, or more, of the Yankees’ big name prospects such as Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and Miguel Adujar.

While the Yankees may view this as a potential “loss”, Yankee fans, who have been critical of the high price for Cole, may see this as a big win.

With the Astros improving their rotation, the Yankees will likely turn their attention to Yu Darvish.

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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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