Another day, another injury for the Blue Jays’ pitching staff.
According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Luis Perez is done for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The Blue Jays have yet to make an announcement on a course of action, but Tommy John surgery is almost certainly on the table. If he undergoes the surgery, he will be out through the All-Star break next year.
Perez is the third member of the Jays’ staff to go down with a ulnar collateral ligament injury this season, joining Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison. Drabek underwent Tommy John surgery while Hutchison is currently rehabbing a sprained UCL.
Perez has been a valuable member of Toronto’s bullpen this season, posting a 3.43 ERA and 39/16 K/BB ratio in 42 innings. The 27-year-old southpaw was knocked around for two runs on four hits in his most recent appearance yesterday against the White Sox.
The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.
The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.
Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.