The Mariners announced this evening that they have signed lefty Wade LeBlanc to a one-year contract extension. The deal will covering the 2019 season with a club options for 2020, 2021 and 2022. He will make a base salary of $2.75M in 2019 with performance bonuses that could earn him $4.75M. The option years can make the deal max out at $32 million if all incentives are achieved.
LeBlanc has pitched for seven teams in his 10-year career, but he’s enjoying his best so far this year in Seattle. He has a 3-0 record a 3.38 ERA and a 56/15 K/BB ratio in 11 starts and five relief appearances covering 72 innings.
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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