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Mets Call Up Pitching Prospect Corey Oswalt, Option Brandon Nimmo To Triple-A

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The New York Mets made a somewhat surprising move on Tuesday, as they recalled right-handed pitcher Corey Oswalt from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

The team announced the move on Tuesday afternoon through a statement on Twitter.

Oswalt, 24, will help provide the Mets with more bullpen depth in the coming days. The Mets do not plan on using him in the starting rotation, as Zack Wheeler is expected to be recalled from Triple-A prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins.

According to MLB.com’s 2018 Prospect Watch, Oswalt is the No. 16th-ranked prospect in the Mets organization. In his only start for the Las Vegas 51s this season, he surrendered three earned runs on five hits and recorded five strikeouts over four innings of work. Last year, Oswalt spent the entire season with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Double-A. He went 12-5 with an ERA of 2.28 in 24 starts. Oswalt was named the Mets Minor League  Pitcher of the Year in 2017.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson’s decision to send Nimmo down to Triple-A in order to make room for Oswalt was definitely an unexpected one. However, the move makes sense considering that Nimmo has not been getting that many at-bats since Michael Conforto returned from the disabled list on Thursday. Conforto has now taken over as the Mets’ main center fielder.

With Oswalt now on the roster, Mets manager Mickey Callaway will have another arm in the bullpen at his disposal. Callaway has relied on his bullpen a lot early in the season, as the Mets starting pitchers have not been able to go deep into games. Oswalt is a guy who can give him multiple innings if necessary.

Oswalt could make his Major League debut sometime within the next couple of days as the Mets finish up their series against the Marlins.

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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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Nationals Sign Patrick Corbin

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The Washington Nationals surprisingly won the courtship of free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin, who chose the team over the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, and will ink a six-year deal with $140 million in guaranteed money, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

Washington agreed to terms with Corbin on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes.

Corbin will now join a rotation that features Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

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Braves to Hire Rick Kranitz As Pitching Coach

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The Atlanta Braves are finalizing a contract with Rick Kranitz that will officially make him the team’s new pitching coach, according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

While no timetable for a completed deal has been reported at the time of this writing, the reports indicated that it’s now “expected” that Kranitz, who spent last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, will join the Braves organization.

Kranitz was out in Philly following the team’s decision to promote assistant pitching coach Chris Young to Kranitz’s position.

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