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Mets Sign Veteran Outfielder Jose Bautista

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The New York Mets have agreed to a deal with six-time All-Star Jose Bautista.

Bautista, 37, was released by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Mike Puma of The New York Post was one of the first to report that the Mets had signed the veteran outfielder.

In a statement on Twitter, the Mets announced that they had signed Bautista to a one-year major league contract and said that he will be active for Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins.

Bautista was signed to a minor league contract by the Braves on April 18. He was promoted to the major leagues on May 4. The Braves mainly had Bautista starting at third base, a position he played a lot early in his career. In 12 games for Atlanta, Bautista batted .143 with two home runs and five RBIs.

This signing makes sense for the Mets, as they desperately need another right-handed hitter. With Todd Frazier and Yoenis Cespedes both on the disabled list, their lineup is lacking right-handed power right now. Additionally, Juan Lagares was recently placed on the DL and is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a toe injury. Bautista gives the Mets a healthy right-handed hitting outfielder who could end up being a legitimate power threat in their lineup.

Last season, Bautista batted .203 with 23 homers and 65 RBIs in 157 games for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has hit over 20 home runs in each of the last eight seasons.

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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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