Dodgers GM Ned Colletti announced to the media on Saturday that newly-acquired starter Josh Beckett is going to make his debut on Monday night against the Rockies, filling the rotation spot left vacant by a recent injury to right-hander Chad Billingsley, who is going to be sidelined for “a while.”
This according to Dylan Hernandez, Dodgers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times.
Beckett was acquired in the nine-player blockbuster trade with the Red Sox that was made official this afternoon. He had an ugly 5.23 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 94/38 K/BB ratio in 127 1/3 innings this season with Boston.
Billingsley came down with inflammation in his right elbow Friday night. He is headed to the disabled list.
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.