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Diamondbacks Acquire Jon Jay

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder John Jay from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league pitches Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano.

In a corresponding move, infielder Kristopher Negron has been designated for assignment.

The D-backs are taking on the remainder of Jay’s salary and will be financially responsible for any of the $1.5MM worth of incentives he unlocks, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Jay, who inked a one-year deal with Kansas City, is hitting .307/.363/.374 with a homer, nine doubles, two triples and three steals on the season thus far.

 

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Diamondbacks Place Alex Avila On IL

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed catcher Alex Avila on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quad, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Avila, 32, has performed well over his four starts for Arizona this season, posting a slash line of .333/.524/.800 in his 21 plate appearances, including 2 homeruns.

In a corresponding move, the Dbacks have recalled utilityman Tim Locastro from Triple-A.

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Diamondbacks Agree to Terms with Greg Holland

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The Arizona Diamonds have agreed to terms on a one-year pact with veteran free agent reliever Greg Holland, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

Holland is set to earn a guaranteed $3.25 million along with $3.5 million in potential incentives, according to MLB.com’s Jon Heyman.

Holland, 33, had an up and down season for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals, following a terrific season for the Colorado Rockies, so it will be interesting to see which version of Holland the Diamondbacks will see in 2019.

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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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