Vincent Velasquez and agent Scott Boras have discussed an innings limit

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Phillies starter Vincent Velasquez is expected to return on Monday to start against the Diamondbacks, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb reported last week. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 10 with a right biceps strain.

Agent Scott Boras, who represents Velasquez as well as Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez, has discussed an innings limit with the 24-year-old, per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Velasquez elaborated:

“The agents and I discussed it a little bit, but I don’t know the definite answer, an exact amount of innings,” Velasquez said. “I don’t know, I’d want to say roughly like maybe 150 or something, maybe 160 tops. If there was a possible chance of being in a playoff run or something, I would love to help the guys out in relief because I’ve done that in the past.”

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“He was really on my butt about this injury thing,” Velasquez said. “I mean, any injury you’ve got to take it very seriously. He was really strict on it. … We’re all on the same page. I filled in everybody about what was going on. They’re aware of my bullpens and how many throws I was doing.”

The Mets — as well as fans and the local media — protested an innings limit on Harvey last year upon his return from Tommy John surgery. However, the Mets were very much in contention, which is why they used him for 189 1/3 innings in the regular season and 26 2/3 in the playoffs. Fernandez’s innings will be limited this year as well, as noted over the winter. The Marlins are in the thick of things at 40-35, three games out of first place.

The Phillies, though, don’t have to worry about that. They enter Sunday 32-44 and don’t figure to get noticeably better even if they were to call up top prospects J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, and Jake Thompson later this summer. Velasquez has never thrown more than 124 2/3 innings in a single year of professional baseball. It would behoove the Phillies to play it very conservatively with Velasquez. Team president Andy MacPhail said, “I know it’s obviously on our radar as well. I would say, philosophically, we’re probably in the same ballpark.”

Report: Aaron Judge, Yankees reach 9-year, $360M deal

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SAN DIEGO — Aaron Judge has issued his ruling: Court remains in session in the Bronx.

Judge is staying with the New York Yankees on a nine-year, $360 million contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the AL MVP’s deal had not been announced.

Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player. The contract trails only Mike Trout‘s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts‘ $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history.

Judge was offered a long-term deal by New York before last season that was worth $213.5 million over seven years from 2023-29. But he turned it down in the hours before opening day in April.

The 6-foot-7 Judge bet on himself – and won.

Judge set an American League record with 62 homers in 2022, powering the Yankees to the AL East title. He also tied for the major league lead with 131 RBIs and just missed a Triple Crown with a .311 batting average.

New York was swept by Houston in the AL Championship Series, but Judge became the first AL MVP for the Yankees since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

By rejecting the Yankees’ preseason offer, Judge gained $146.5 million and an extra two guaranteed seasons. The Northern California native also visited with the San Francisco Giants last month, and there likely were more teams monitoring the market for the slugger who turns 31 in April.

Judge’s decision will have a domino effect on several teams and free agents. His status held up at least some of New York’s offseason plans, but general manager Brian Cashman made it clear his team would wait patiently to see what Judge wanted to do.

In the end, the patient approach worked.

Judge, 30, was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat.

A year later, he was one of baseball’s breakout stars. He hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 2017, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven big league seasons.