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Blue Jays sign Matt Shoemaker to one-year deal


Jeff Passan reports that the Blue Jays have signed Matt Shoemaker to a one-year contract. He’ll make between $3-3.5 million on the deal.

Shoemaker was non-tendered by the Angels last month following consecutive injury-shortened seasons. When he has pitched, he’s gone 8-5 with a 4.64 ERA in 21 starts with a K/BB ratio of 102/38 in 108.2 innings over the past two years. His strikeout rate went up and walk rate went down in 2018, though, so perhaps his struggles — and his forearm injuries — are over and there will be some better-than-expected production from the righty in Toronto.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.