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Mets, Parnell avoid arbitration with $1.7M deal

Mets, Parnell avoid arbitration with $1.7M deal

NEW YORK (AP) Relief pitcher Bobby Parnell and the New York Mets have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.7 million.

The deal was completed Thursday.

Parnell has been a key member of New York's bullpen the past few years. He led the team with 74 appearances last season, going 5-4 with a 2.49 ERA and seven saves. The hard-throwing righty had 61 strikeouts and 20 walks in 68 2-3 innings.

Parnell made $504,000 last season, when he fell just short in service time of being eligible for arbitration. He's been effective as a setup man, but hasn't been able to lock down the closer job despite several opportunities with the Mets.

A pair of New York players remain in arbitration: first baseman Ike Davis and second baseman Daniel Murphy.

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Simone Biles back flip twists before first pitch of the World Series

Simone Biles back flip twists before first pitch of the World Series

Ahead of Game 2 of the 2019 World Series, Houston native and Team USA gymnast Simone Biles threw out the first pitch in a way only she could.

Some celebrities struggle to throw their pitch past the plate, but Biles landed an impressive backflip twist (in jeans, might I add) before throwing her pitch.

Biles previously threw a first pitch at another Astros game on July 4, 2016, wowing Minute Maid Park with an aerial before throwing to former Astros pitcher Scott Feldman and asking him to sign the baseball for her.

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David Ortiz shows 'phenom' Juan Soto some love before Game 2

David Ortiz shows 'phenom' Juan Soto some love before Game 2

Arguably the greatest designated hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, David Ortiz has seen his share of greats. As a FOX Sports baseball analyst on-site for the World Series, Big Papi made time to hang out with Juan Soto, the young Nationals legend.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a phenom (noun) is defined as "a person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-and-comer." See: Juan Soto, rocking 180 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and .937 OPS in just two years of playing Major League ball.

The kid can't even drink champagne yet (turns 21 on October 25) but Papi says Soto has "been bless[ed] with something that a lot [of] athletes don’t have," a good head on his shoulders and responsible parents. 

Ortiz also notes Soto's remarkable maturity, saying "he is only 20 year old and play the game and have the personality of a 30 year old person." 

We know we're watching history in the making with Juan Soto in Washington, but we could also be witnessing the start of a beautiful baseball friendship. Ortiz could serve as a close mentor to Soto; both hail from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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