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Report: Yan Gomes returns to Nationals on two-year, $10 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Nationals and free agent catcher Yan Gomes have agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract. The Nationals declined Gomes’ 2020 club option worth $9 million on his previous contract, so they were able to get him at a much lower average annual value.

Gomes, 32, split catching duties with Kurt Suzuki for the world champion Nationals in 2019. Gomes, in fact, caught the final out of Game 7 of the World Series. During the regular season, he hit a light .223/.316/.389 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI across 358 plate appearances. However, he has been well-regarded for his defense, framing, and game-calling abilities.

Gomes will reprise his role with Suzuki, sharing responsibilities behind the dish.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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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.