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Nationals Activate Second Baseman Daniel Murphy From Disabled List

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The Washington Nationals activated second baseman Daniel Murphy from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Murphy, 33, will make his season debut on Tuesday night when the Nationals take on the New York Yankees in the Bronx. He had micro-fracture surgery on his right knee back in October and has been recovering ever since.

The Nationals announced that Murphy is batting fifth and serving as the designated hitter on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

Last season, Murphy hit .322 with 23 home runs and 93 RBIs in 144 games. His return to the Nationals lineup should give the team a major boost. Ever since he came over from the New York Mets prior to the 2016 season, Murphy has been one of the Nationals’ best hitters. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2016 and 2017.

Murphy is in the final year of a three year, $37.5 deal with the Nationals. As long as he stays healthy, he should be in line for another big contract this offseason.

At 36-27, the Nationals are currently tied with the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East.

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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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