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Astros, Alex Bregman agree on five-year, $100 million extension

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The Houston Astros have locked up Alex Bregman long term.

The team announced Tuesday that they have signed the All-Star third baseman to a five-year, $100 million contract extension.

The deal, which will essentially buy out the first couple of years of his unrestricted free agency, is the second highest contract in franchise history behind Jose Altuve’s $151 million deal in March 2018.

The 24-year old, who was initially selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft, is entering his fourth season in the majors.

Bregman had a breakthrough year in 2018, posting a .286 batting average to go a long with a career-best 31 homers, 103 RBI and a .926 OPS in 157 games. He was also selected to his first MLB All-Star Game and finished fifth in AL MVP voting, a year after winning the World Series.

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Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be out at least six more weeks with lat strain, right shoulder inflammation

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The New York Yankees are going to have to wait a little while longer before their ace returns to the rotation.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the media on Friday that All-Star right hander Luis Severino will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks before he’s able to return to the lineup.

The 25-year old Dominican has yet to throw a pitch this season after being sustaining rotator cuff inflammation in his right shoulder during Spring Training, and later being diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain in April.

Severino, who is in the first season of a four-year, $40 million contract extension, has posted a 41-25 record, 3.51 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP over a span of 518 innings ptiched and four seasons with the franchise.

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Pirates asking a lot from Dodgers in Felipe Vazquez trade talks

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If the Los Angeles Dodgers want to take Felipe Vazquez off the Pittsburgh Pirates’ hands, it’s going to cost them quite a bit.

According to sources, the Pirates are asking for two of the Dodgers’ top four prospects as a starting point in trade talks for the veteran closer.

The two-time MLB All-Star has posted a 2-1 record, 2.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and converted 20 of 21 save opportunities in 35 games and 38.1 innings pitched so far this season.

He is currently in the second season of a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract extension that include a pair of $10 million club options in 2022 and 2023.

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Twins targeting Blue Jays closer Ken Giles as Trade Deadline approaches

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It’s no secret that the first place Minnesota Twins could use some bullpen help. As the trade deadline quickly approaches, they are apparently looking north of the border to secure a reliable arm.

According to reports, the team has expressed interest in a number of reliable relievers, most notable Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles.

The 28-year old, who was initially acquired by Toronto in a trade that shipped controversial right-hander Roberto Osuna to Houston back on July 30, 2018, has turned his career around and excelled in his first full season with the Blue Jays.

In 31 games and 31.0 innings pitched this season, Giles has posted a 1-2 record, 1.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and has converted 13 of his 14 save opportunities.

The Twins will have other suitors to compete with, considering he is one of the more valuable bullpen arms rumoured to be on the trade market.

The MLB Trade Deadline is on July 31st.

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