Major League Baseball

February 26,2020

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For the third time since December, the New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino experienced a sharp pain in his forearm, even just tossing off flat ground last week in camp. While GM Brian Cashman tried to sound optimistic in public, he had already resigned himself to the inevitability of losing Severino for the year.

News that Severino had suffered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery was nothing short of devastating, but don’t count out the Yankees. They’re still going to win the pennant and end up in the World Series against their West Coast alter egos, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cashman wasn’t just doing damage control when he said, “We’re still a great team.” Despite the setback, the Bombers have several factors working in their favor. One that already has many fans debating which pitchers can be acquired in exchange for prospects. Cashman downplayed the possibility of adding an arm from outside the organization.

“You rely on your depth,” Cashman said in aftermath of the Severino announcement. “I wouldn’t expect any domino effect or cause and effect in terms of us being able to go to marketplace. The winter marketplace this time of year, it doesn’t exist.”

Freddie Freeman wasn’t himself for the Atlanta Braves at the end of the 2019 season. It was known he was dealing with elbow pain, but the extent to how bad he was feeling was just revealed. Freeman was apparently taking two painkillers before every game at the end of the year, according to a story from The Athletic.

The Milwaukee Brewers are finalizing a long-term extension with right-hander Freddy Peralta, a source told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Peralta is a corner stone of the Brewers rotation.

Peralta’s extension is expected to be for five years and guarantee him $15.5 million; the deal also includes two options that could bring its total value to $30 million.

Bryce Harper and Alec Bohm leaned onto the railing in the Philadelphia Phillies dugout Monday at Spectrum Field, just a couple of former first-round Draft picks chatting during an early Grapefruit League game.

To be a sunflower seed in the dugout and hear that conversation, huh?

“We were talking about the Harper 4s, my cleats,” Harper revealed. “We were talking about the Harper 5s, too. They’re coming out. We don’t really talk baseball much, man. I just want to get to know him as a person. I talked to him about college baseball. Get to know what he likes. What his interests are. The baseball stuff will come. I’m not really a hands-on person, where I’m like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that.’ He’s here for a reason. I want to let him be himself.”

Harper’s chat with Bohm and others like it show his investment in the Phillies, beyond his financial commitment following the 13-year, $330 million contract he signed last February. Harper insisted on no opt-out clause and a full no-trade clause in the deal because he wants to settle in one place and grow his family there. But he seems to have a handle on everything happening in the organization, including the farm system. Harper mentioned on his first day in camp that the Phillies cannot afford to trade for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant because they need to keep Bohm and top pitching prospect Spencer Howard in the pipeline.

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