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Report: Diamondbacks sign Junior Guerra to one-year contract

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Kyle Lesniewski of SB Nation’s Brew Crew Ball reports that the Diamondbacks have signed pitcher Junior Guerra to a one-year deal that includes an option for 2021. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms the report. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic adds that the deal is for $2.55 million.

Guerra, who turns 35 years old next month, was non-tendered by the Brewers last week as he was projected to earn $3.5 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. This past season, his first as a full-time reliever, the right-hander posted a 3.55 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 36 walks over 83 2/3 innings. The Brewers commonly used Guerra for more than three outs as he did so in 23 of his 72 appearances.

Guerra will add depth to a Diamondbacks bullpen that sorely needs it, joining an amalgam of players bridging the gap to closer Archie Bradley.

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.