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Mariners acquire LHP James Pazos from Yankees


In yet another move that was announced Friday night, the Mariners swapped minor league right-hander Zack Littell for Yankees’ left-hander James Pazos.

Pazos, 25, has logged just 8 1/3 innings in the Yankees’ bullpen over the last two seasons, but emerged as a dominant force at the Triple-A level with a 2.63 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 27 1/3 innings in 2016. His control could use some fine-turning, but he should still give the Mariners some of the power they’re looking for in a left-handed reliever without the hefty price tag that accompanies a high-end arm like Aroldis Chapman.

At 21 years old, right-handed starter Zack Littell has yet to break into the major leagues, though he’s been the model of consistency in the Mariners’ rookie and Single-A circuits over the last four seasons. During 2016, he pitched in back-to-back stints with Clinton and High-A Bakersfield, pairing a 2.66 ERA with an 8.5 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 over 165 2/3 innings.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”


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