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Arizona Diamondbacks, Ketel Marte agree to $24 million, 5-year deal

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks and infielder Ketel Marte have agreed to a $24 million, five-year contract, according to multiple reports.

The deal includes two club options worth a total of $22 million, The Associated Press reported.

The 24-year-old Marte came up from Triple-A Reno last season to fill a critical role at shortstop when Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings went down with injuries. Marte will spend a lot of time at second base this season with Ahmed back at shortstop.

Marte came to the Diamondbacks with starting pitcher Taijuan Walker in the trade that sent infielder Jean Segura to Seattle shortly after Mike Hazen took over as Arizona’s general manager before last season.

The extension shows how strongly Hazen and those around him feel about Marte’s future.

Marte hit .260 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 73 regular-season games for the Diamondbacks, and he had an outstanding run in Arizona’s brief stint in the postseason.

He had three hits, including two triples, in the wild-card win over Colorado, then went 4-for-12 — including a home run — as the Diamondbacks were swept in three games by the Dodgers in the NLDS.

Before Monday night’s exhibition game with Cleveland, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo wouldn’t confirm the new contract but had high praise for his young infielder.

“Ketel Marte is an extremely exciting young player,” Lovullo said. “He did some very special things for us last year. He did some incredible things in spring training. Ketel is going to play a lot for this team, and he’s going to split his time in the middle infield, split his time at shortstop and second base.”

Lovullo called the young Dominican “a very special young talent that did a lot last year by going down and showing some mental toughness and was sent out to the minor leagues and was one of the best players in the Pacific Coast League and then came up here and at times was one of the best players in the National League.”

Marte was not available to speak to media before Monday night’s game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. smashes 495-foot homer, longest in MLB this season

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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. belted a tape-measure home run that won’t soon be forgotten in the first inning Friday against the Boston Red Sox.

Acuna rocked a 495-foot leadoff shot that measured as the longest homer in MLB this season and tied for the fifth-longest in the Statcast Era (since 2015).

Acuna’s homer came on a 3-1 count off Chris Mazza. He has 13 home runs this season after hitting 41 last year.

Acuna, the 2018 Rookie of the Year, is batting .257 with 28 RBIs and a .997 OPS.

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.

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San Diego Padres’ Mike Clevinger (elbow) may miss wild-card round of MLB playoffs

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San Diego Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger is uncertain to pitch in the wild-card round of the playoffs after being diagnosed with an elbow impingement in his throwing arm, according to the team.

Padres general manager A.J. Preller told reporters Friday that they would not rule Clevinger out, but the plan is to wait and see how he feels after receiving a cortisone shot.

Clevinger left his start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels after one inning and underwent an MRI.

Obtained in a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 31, Clevinger is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts since joining the Padres.

The Padres (34-22) already have clinched their first playoff berth since 2006.

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San Diego Padres’ Mike Clevinger (elbow) may miss wild-card round of MLB playoffs

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San Diego Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger is uncertain to pitch in the wild-card round of the playoffs after being diagnosed with an elbow impingement in his throwing arm, according to the team.

Padres general manager A.J. Preller told reporters Friday that they would not rule Clevinger out, but the plan is to wait and see how he feels after receiving a cortisone shot.

Clevinger left his start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels after one inning and underwent an MRI.

Obtained in a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 31, Clevinger is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts since joining the Padres.

The Padres (34-22) already have clinched their first playoff berth since 2006.

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