Juan Carlos Oviedo unlikely to pitch for Marlins this season

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While pitching in the minors Juan Carlos Oviedo suffered a sprained elbow just before the conclusion of his eight-week suspension and now it sounds like the injury, and not false identity charges, will end his season before it even started.

Oviedo was slated to rejoin the Marlins next week and may have even gotten some save chances, but instead baseball operations president Larry Beinfest admitted that “this is not looking good for him to pitch for us this year.”

And that would likely mean the end of his Marlins career considering Oviedo–who saved 97 games for the Marlins while known as Leo Nunez–is an impending free agent and Miami has already invested way too much money in Heath Bell. Beinfest indicated to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that Oviedo may eventually need surgery, calling it “a sad situation all the way around.”

Report: Astros extend Justin Verlander for two years, $66 million

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The Astros are in agreement with right-hander Justin Verlander on a two-year, $66 million extension, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was among those to report on Friday. With no money deferred, the $33 million he’ll receive over the next two years will set a record AAV for major-league pitchers; something MLB Network’s Jon Heyman says matters to Verlander, who “cares how his deals affect markets (and fellow players).”

While it’s far from the five-year, $100 million extension teammate Alex Bregman signed with the club on Friday, the deal will give the Astros a bigger window to consider their long-term plans for the ace before he hits free agency again. Prior to Saturday’s agreement, Verlander’s original contract — the hefty seven-year, $180 million arrangement he reached with the Tigers in 2013 — was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

It’s difficult to overestimate the value Verlander has provided to the Astros since they acquired him from the Tigers back in 2017. He was named the 2017 ALCS MVP following seven shutout innings in a must-win Game 6 performance and helped the Astros clinch their first franchise World Series title. In 2018, he earned his seventh career All-Star distinction and received consideration for both AL Cy Young and MVP awards after pitching to a 16-9 record in 34 starts with a 2.52 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, 12.2 SO/9 (the product of a career-high 290 strikeouts), and 6.7 fWAR over 214 innings.

The deal has not been confirmed by the team.