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Pirates Reportedly Lock Up Closer Felipe Rivero To Four-Year Deal

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Having recently lost star players Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, the Pittsburgh Pirates locked up talented closer Felipe Rivero to a four-year deal worth a guaranteed $22 million on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports further broke down the terms of Rivero’s deal:

Rivero, 26, went 5-3 with a 1.67 ERA in 73 games for the Pirates in 2017, saving 21 games in 23 opportunities. Opponents hit .171 against Rivero with just four homers in 75 1/3 innings facing him.

The first save for Rivero in 2017 didn’t come until June 10. Rivero took over closing duties for Tony Watson, who after going 7 for 7 in April saves, blew his next five out of eight chances- including his last four in a row.

Rivero is approaching his fourth Major League season. He was a rookie in 2015 for the Washington Nationals, posting a 2.79 ERA in 49 relief outings. He split 2016 with Washington and Pittsburgh, posting a 4.09 ERA in 75 games; all 197 of Rivero’s career appearances have been in relief.

The 6’2” lefty is 8-10 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 200 2/3 career innings.

 

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Marlins Fire Hitting Coach Mike Pagliarulo

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The Miami Marlins have announced that they have fired hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Pagliarulo took the post ahead of the 2016 season after previously serving as a hitting coach in Triple-A.

Pagliarulo will be replaced by Jeff Livesey on an interim basis, and Eric Duncan will take the role of assistant hitting coach.

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Cardinals Place Tyler O’Neill, Mike Mayers On 10-Day IL

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The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Tyler O’Neill and right hander Mike Mayers on the 10-day injured list.

O’Neill suffered an ulnar nerve subluxation in his right elbow and Mayers has a strained lat.

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Brewers Acquire David Freitas From Mariners

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The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired catcher David Freitas from the Seattle Mariners, according to an official team announcement.

The Mariners will receiver minor-league pitcher Sal Biasi as part of the deal.

Freitas will immediately report to Triple-A after appearing in 36 games with the Mariners last season.

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