Diamondbacks sign third overall pick Trevor Bauer to a major league contract

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UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer became the second top-15 pick from the 2011 draft to agree to terms when he signed a major league deal with the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Bauer, with a delivery patterned after Tim Lincecum’s, went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA as a college junior.  He’s scheduled to report to high-A Visalia and begin his pro career immediately.  If he stays healthy, he should be one of the first players from the draft to reach the majors.

With three weeks left to go before the Aug. 15 deadline, 21 of the 30 first-round picks are unsigned.  Cory Spangenberg, the 10th overall pick by the Padres, signed immediately after the draft, but he and Bauer are the only two from the top 16 to agree to deals.

Update: According to FOXSportsArizona.com’s Jack Magruder, the deal is worth about $7 million over four years.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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