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Mets Activate Michael Conforto

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The New York Mets have activated outfielder Michael Conforto from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday.

Conforto, 25, will bat leadoff and play centerfield when the Mets take on the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

In a corresponding move, the Mets option infielder Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas to create a roster spot for Conforto.

The Nats will trot Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the start and Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Conforto requested to be activated for the game so he could face the right-handed hurler.

“He wanted Strasburg,” Callaway said (h/t ESPN).

Callaway said Conforto has no restrictions.

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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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