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Diamondbacks Sign Veteran Catcher Alex Avila

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year deal with veteran catcher Alex Avila.

On Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Avila’s new contract is worth $8.25 million. He reportedly passed his physical with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Avila, 31, spent time with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs during the 2017 season. He was dealt to the Cubs right before the trade deadline. Between the two teams, Avila batted .264 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs in 112 games played.

In nine MLB seasons, Avila has a career batting average of .243. The best season of his career was in 2011, when he hit .295 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs. That year, he was named to the American League All-Star team.

Avila will now compete with Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann for the Diamondbacks starting catcher position.

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Diamondbacks Agree to Terms with Greg Holland

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The Arizona Diamonds have agreed to terms on a one-year pact with veteran free agent reliever Greg Holland, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

Holland is set to earn a guaranteed $3.25 million along with $3.5 million in potential incentives, according to MLB.com’s Jon Heyman.

Holland, 33, had an up and down season for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals, following a terrific season for the Colorado Rockies, so it will be interesting to see which version of Holland the Diamondbacks will see in 2019.

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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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Diamondbacks Sign Rob Refsnyder to Minor League Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed veteran utilityman Rob Refsnyder to a minor league contract that also comes with an invitation to Arizona’s big league Spring Training camp, giving Refsnyder a crack at their big league roster, according to an official team announcement via the Reno Aces, Arizona’s minor league affiliate.

Refsnyder bounced between the minors and the big leagues in 2018, posting a .283/.357/.402 slash line at the Triple-A level in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization, and hitting .167/.314/.274 for Tampa Bay over 40 big league games.

 

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