Rockies, Matt Lindstrom avoid arbitration with two-year deal

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After acquiring Matt Lindstrom from the Astros last month the Rockies have avoided arbitration with the right-hander by signing him to a two-year deal with a team option for 2013.

The contract buys out Lindstrom’s final two seasons of arbitration eligibility while giving the Rockies an option on his first year of free agency. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’ll get $2.8 million in 2011 and $3.6 million in 2012, with a $4 million option or $200,000 buyout for 2013.

Lindstrom has averaged 96.3 miles per hour with his fastball during the past three seasons, which ranks third in baseball, but Brandon Lyon overtook him for the closer job in Houston last year and he has a mediocre 4.00 career ERA with 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

He’ll serve as one of Huston Street’s setup men in Colorado.

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.