Yunior Severino signs $2.5 million deal with Twins

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MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that infield prospect Yunior Severino signed a $2.5 million deal with the Twins on Friday. The deal has not been publicly confirmed by the team and appears to be pending a physical.

The 18-year-old infielder was one of 13 prospects removed from the Braves’ system last month after they were found guilty of breaking international signing rules. He initially received a $1.9 million bonus from Atlanta and will be allowed to add that to the $2.5 million offered by the Twins.

Severino split his playing time between the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Dominican Summer League in 2017, slashing a combined .270/.345/.420 with three home runs and 29 RBI in 252 PA. He drew attention as a switch-hitting shortstop but transitioned full-time to second base/DH with the Braves, and continues to show power potential at the plate in spite of a slow start.

MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger notes that Severino is the seventh ex-Braves prospect to sign elsewhere this offseason, joining Guillermo Zuniga (Dodgers), Juan Carlos Negret (Royals), Yefri Del Rosario (Royals), Abrahan Gutierrez (Phillies), Kevin Maitan (Angels) and Livan Soto (Angels).

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.