Rockies close to minor league deal with Beimel

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The Rockies are close to an agreement to bring back Joe Beimel on a minor league contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of The new deal should be confirmed by the morning, according to the report.

Beimel, who turns 33 in April, posted a 4.02 ERA in 26 relief appearances down the stretch for the Rockies last season.

Beimel ruled out a return to Colorado as recently as last month, however Huston Street’s injury has changed the complexion of the Rockies’ bullpen. Franklin Morales, the team’s primary left-hander, is the favorite for the ninth-inning gig in Street’s absence, leaving the likes of Randy Flores and Jimmy Gobble as internal candidates to be a left-handed specialist. It’s not known how long Beimel will need to be ready for the start of the season, but he should immediately jump either once he’s ready.

Yankees select Luis Severino for Opening Day

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Luis Severino will finally get his shot at an Opening Day start this year, the Yankees announced Saturday. According to manager Aaron Boone, he’ll lead a rotation comprised of Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery. It’ll be the first time since 2014 that someone other than Tanaka has taken the ball for Opening Day.

Severino, 24, is fresh off of his best career year to date. The right-hander pitched to a 14-6 record in 31 starts with the Yankees in 2017 and earned an All-Star nomination and Cy Young award consideration with a 2.98 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, 10.7 SO/9 and 5.7 fWAR in 193 1/3 innings. “We feel like it’s his time for it,” Boone told reporters Saturday. “With what he was able to do last year, we feel like he’s in a really good place now. We just felt like now is the time for him to take on that role and we think he’s ready for it. I’m looking forward to seeing him grow in his role as one of the aces of this staff.”

Prior to Saturday, Severino pitched in just one Grapefruit League game this spring. He fired 3 1/3 innings against the Phillies, allowing three hits and one unearned run and striking out three batters.

The Yankees are scheduled to kick off the season on March 29 against the Blue Jays. Jordan Montgomery will start their home opener against the Rays on April 2.