Brandon Beachy set for first MLB start since 2013

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We heard yesterday that Brandon Beachy was nearing his return from the second Tommy John surgery of his career, but the Dodgers have now made it official. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, Beachy will make his first major league start since August 20, 2013 in tonight’s game against the Brewers.

It’s been a long and improbable road back for Beachy, who had his second Tommy John surgery in the span of two years last March. After being non-tendered by the Braves over the winter, the 28-year-old signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Dodgers. He posted a 2.41 ERA over five minor league rehab starts, though it came with an underwhelming 11/10 K/BB ratio in 17 innings.

Beachy is a bit of a wild card, but he owns a 3.23 ERA in 46 starts in the majors with 9.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9, so there’s plenty of upside here. The back-end of the Dodgers’ rotation is filled with questions, so it’s worth a shot to see what they have before the trade deadline. The Dodgers hold a club option on Beachy for 2016 which could range from $3 million to $6 million depending on how many starts he makes this season.

Yuli Gurriel takes pay cut to $7M to stay with Astros

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HOUSTON (AP) First baseman Yuli Gurriel and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2022 that guarantees $7 million, a cut of nearly 20% from his 2020 deal.

The agreement was announced hours before the defending AL champions started their first-round playoff matchup against at Minnesota on Tuesday, an odd time to reach a contract for a future season.

Gurriel’s 2020 contract called for an $8.3 million salary and wound up being worth $3,074,074 prorated.

His new deal includes a $6.5 million salary for 2021 and an $8 million club option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout. Gurriel can earn $2 million in performance bonuses each year based on plate appearances: $250,000 each for 300 and 350 $350,000 apiece for 400 and 450 and $400,000 each for 500 and 550.

He also would get $50,000 for becoming an All-Star, $50,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $100,000 for Word Series MVP, $200,000 for league MVP, $100,000 for second and $50,000 for third. There is a $50,000 bonus for Gold Glove and another $50,000 for Silver slugger.

Gurriel would have been eligible for free agency under a provision in his 2020 contract, even though he does not have the six years of major league service usually required. His new deal includes the same provision.

He hit .232 with six homers, 12 and 22 RBIs in 57 games during the pandemic-shortened season, down from a career-best .298 with 31 homers and 104 RBIs in 2019. He helped Houston reach the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

In five seasons in Houston that followed a stellar career in Cuba, the 36-year-old has hit .287 with 71 homers and 301 RBIs.