The Yankees would pay Lackey A.J. Burnett money

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That’s $82.5 million over five years, but according to SI’s Jon Heyman, Lackey “sees himself in a higher echelon than Burnett.” I think he’s right to see himself that way. He’s not as erratic as Burnett, and as Heyman notes in the article, the Yankees admire his toughness.

Given the massive increase in revenue the Yankees realized after the new park opened, and given that the World Champions had to rely on a three man rotation in order to win the World Series — with one of those men being the 37 year-old Andy Pettitte — you have to figure that the Yankees have leaked out that $82.5 million figure as a starting point for Lackey, not a ceiling.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.