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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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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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