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Phillies Sign K-Rod To A Minor League Detail Following His 2017 Struggles

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The Philadelphia Phillies are taking a chance on Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez.

After getting released by the Detroit Tigers on June 23 this past year- and again by the Washington Nationals on July 14 following a brief experiment in the minors- the Phillies have taken a chance on the veteran closer, signing Rodriguez to a Minor League deal which became official on Saturday.

Rodriguez posted a 7.82 ERA in 28 games for the Tigers in 2017, going 2-5 with six blown saves in 13 chances (was 126 for 138 the previous three seasons).

According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Rodriguez is guaranteed $2.5 million in 2018 if he makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, with an additional $1.25 million in incentives.

Rodriguez, who turned 36 earlier this month, has pitched for five teams in 16 Major League seasons since his debut in 2002 for the Los Angeles Angels with whom he spent the first seven years of his career.

Having appeared in 946 career games- all in relief- Rodriguez currently leads all active pitchers in that category, in addition to his 437 saves (513 chances).

Overall, Rodriguez owns a career record of 52-53 to go along with a 2.86 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .207 BAA, and 1,142 strikeouts in 976 innings (10.53 per nine).

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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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