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Mets Call Up Top Prospect Jeff McNeil From Triple-A

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The 2018 season has been nothing short of a disaster for the New York Mets, so the only thing their fans really have to look forward to over the next couple of months is the development of young players in the organization. On Tuesday, the Mets finally called up left-handed hitting utility infielder Jeff McNeil from Triple-A Las Vegas.

McNeil, 26, has been one of the hottest hitters in the Mets’ farm system this season. He started the year in Double-A Binghamton, where he batted .327 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs in 57 games. McNeil was then promoted to Triple-A, where he was hitting .368 with five homers and 28 RBIs before getting called up on Tuesday.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com was one of the first to report that McNeil was finally getting promoted.

The Mets have a few different options for how they can use McNeil. He mainly played second base in Las Vegas and Binghamton, but also made starts at third base, shortstop and even left field. Asdrubal Cabrera has been the starting second baseman for the Mets this season, but there is a chance they could deal him before the July 31 trade deadline, as he has been one of their best hitters this year.

Although McNeil will be available during the Mets’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, manager Mickey Callaway did not put him in the lineup.

Mets fans will definitely want to see McNeil get a lot of playing time over the next two months. At 40-57, the team clearly isn’t going anywhere this season. The best thing Callaway can do right now is play his young guys and see what they can do so that the Mets have a better idea of what they have for 2019.

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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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