Yankees prospect Luis Severino’s next start will be his major league debut

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that pitching prospect Luis Severino’s next start will be in the major leagues for his debut, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet, but Hoch surmises it could be August 4 at home against the Red Sox.

Severino, 21, signed with the Yankees as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2012. He’s been dominant across four seasons in the minor leagues, coming into the 2015 season rated as baseball’s #23 overall prospect by MLB.com. He posted a 3.32 ERA in 38 innings at Double-A Trenton before earning a promotion to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre in late May. Severino dominated, compiling a 1.91 ERA with a 50/17 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings across 11 starts.

The Yankees enter play Friday with a six-game first-place lead over the Orioles and Blue Jays.

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.