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Report: Franchy Cordero likely to undergo season-ending surgery

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Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero is considering surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow and may miss the remainder of the 2018 season as a result. If he chooses to undergo the procedure, as club manager Andy Green suggested may be the case sometime over the next month, the estimated three-month recovery period would prevent any kind of late-season return. Winter ball and offseason activities have not yet been ruled out, though that could change if Cordero continues to drag out his decision.

The 23-year-old rookie was transferred to the 60-day disabled list last Thursday. He was initially diagnosed with right forearm soreness on May 27, but that quickly morphed into a right forearm strain. Over the course of his rehab work in Triple-A El Paso, Cordero developed pain in his elbow and was diagnosed with a bone spur following an MRI. This appears to be the first major injury of his short career, albeit one that he should be able to recover from by the start of the 2019 season, if not sooner.

Prior to his DL assignment, the Padres’ outfielder owned a .237/.307/.439 batting line with seven home runs and five stolen bases in 154 PA. He easily eclipsed the middling totals he put up during his first major-league season in 2017 — not a high bar to clear — but it’s too soon to tell whether he’s capable of morphing into the kind of heavy hitter the Padres would like to see.

Report: Astros, Alex Bregman agree to five-year, $100 million extension

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Fox 26’s Mark Berman reports that the Astros and third baseman Alex Bregman have agreed to $100 million contract extension. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart confirms a deal has been reached and adds that the deal is actually for five years, beginning after the 2019 season. The contract will cover all three of Bregman’s arbitration years and two years of would-be free agency.

Bregman, who turns 25 years old later this month, has quickly become one of the best third basemen in baseball. Across parts of three seasons, he has hit .282/.366/.500 with 58 home runs, 208 RBI, 224 runs scored, and 29 stolen bases. FanGraphs credited him with 7.6 Wins Above Replacement, tied with Francisco Lindor and Christian Yelich for the fourth-best mark among position players in baseball, trailing only Mookie Betts (10.4), Mike Trout (9.8), and José Ramírez (8.0).

This is obviously a smart move for the Astros, as this contract extension will secure Bregman’s age 25-30 seasons. With second baseman José Altuve also locked up through 2024, and presumed extensions to come for Carlos Correa and possibly Gerrit Cole and George Springer, the Astros have a core that they can build around for years to come.