Paul Goldschmidt activated from paternity leave list

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The Diamondbacks have activated first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the paternity leave list. He’s slated to return to the starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs.

Goldschmidt missed two games this week to be wife his wife, Amy, for the birth of their first child. Fortunately, all went well with wife and baby.

Goldschmidt, 27, is batting .322/.437/.563 with 27 home runs, 97 RBI, and 21 stolen bases over 133 games this season. He’s likely the biggest challenger to Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the National League MVP Award.

Braves sign reliever Will Smith to three-year, $39 million contract

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The Braves announced on Thursday that the club has inked lefty reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract with a club option for the 2023 season worth $13 million. Smith received a qualifying offer worth $17.8 million from the Giants, so he opted for a lower average annual value for a longer contract.

Smith, 30, was an All-Star last season with the Giants, finishing with 34 saves, a 2.76 ERA, and a 96/21 K/BB ratio across 65 1/3 innings. Across parts of seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.53 ERA.

Smith, the top free agent left-handed reliever, will join a strong Braves bullpen which already includes Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, and Sean Newcomb.