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Deven Marrero Hits First Homer As A D’Back, Except It Didn’t Actually Count

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Saturday night saw Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Deven Marrero hit his first home run with the team, a three-run shot off Dodgers southpaw Rich Hill.

One problem though; it wasn’t a three-run homer, but a two-run single instead.

How could this have possibly happened? See for yourself:

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts took note of Marrero passing teammate Alex Avila on the basepaths, appealed the play, and Marrero was called out.

Marrero’s base-running gaffe was in violation of Rule 5.09(b)(9), which states that a base-runner will be called out if he passes a preceding runner before such runner is out.

Pretty bizarre. Marrero’s first D’Back dinger will have to wait.

Marrero, 27, was acquired by Arizona from the Boston Red Sox on March 24.

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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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Diamondbacks Exercise Option on Paul Goldschmidt

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have exercised the club option on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, according to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.

With the option, Goldschmidt will earn $14.5 million in lieu of a $2 million buyout.

Goldschmidt posted a slash line of .290/.389/.533 to go along with 33 home runs during the 2018 season.

 

 

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