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Excitement Around The San Francisco Giants

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With Spring Training started on Tuesday the San Francisco Giants have a lot to be excited about. The Giants added outfielder Andrew McCutchen and third baseman Evan Longoria.

McCutchen who hit 28 homers and Longoria who hit 20 adds some much needed pop to the Giants lineup who finished last in home runs last year with 128. Bringing in McCutchen and Longoria will take some the weight off all star catcher Buster Posey shoulders.

Posey should be able to see more pitches to hit this year with McCutchen and Longoria in the line up, which is good news for the Giants who struggle offensively.

The Giants also signed Austin Jackson, who will bring much need help to the center field position for the Giants.

The Giants adding two solid offensive players should bold well for the pitching staff with more run support then in the past. Giants will need Madison Bumgarner to stay healthy and for Johnny Cueto to return to his 2016 form, were he was 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA.

I think If the Giants get some better hitting and Bumgarner and Cueto pitch like they did in 2016 combining for 33-14 record with ERA under 3, the Giants well make some noise this year.

Also for the Giants to contend this year they will need some help from there bullpen,which let them down the last two years. The Giants had 12 blown saves last year Sam Dyson (7) and Mark Melancon (5).

Melancon was suppose to be a big off season addition last year, but that was hardly the case. Melancon went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 11 saves, he was also on the DL with a right forearm injury.

Sam Dyson who took over for Melancon was not that much better going 4-10 with a 6.09 ERA and 14 saves. Melancon and Dyson will be a hot spring training battle to see who can win the closer battle.

I am pretty sure the Giants hope it is Melancon because he is in the 2nd year of a 4 year 62 million dollar contract.

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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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