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Astros don’t have immediate plans to extend Justin Verlander, Carlos Correa


The Astros don’t appear to be in any hurry to extend some of their top players. Speaking to the press during the team’s annual FanFest on Saturday, Justin Verlander confirmed that he hasn’t discussed the possibility of inking a long-term deal with the organization, echoing similar comments made by Carlos Correa earlier this week.

“I don’t know what their organizational plans are,” Verlander told reporters (via MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart). I’d say it’s something I wouldn’t be opposed to. It’d be a conversation. […] I haven’t brought it up to them, nor have they to me.”

The 35-year-old right-hander is coming off of his first full season in Houston following a late-season trade from the Tigers in 2017. He returned to near-career high numbers in 2018 with a 16-9 record in 34 starts and an All-Star worthy 2.52 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, 12.2 SO/9, and 6.8 fWAR through 214 innings. He’s currently guaranteed $28 million in 2019 with a $22 million vesting option for the 2020 season, the latter of which hinges on a top-five placement in 2019 Cy Young Award voting.

Correa, meanwhile, is likely heading to an arbitration hearing with the club next Thursday. He filed for $5 million at the arbitration deadline in mid-January and was met with a $4.25 million counter from the Astros. According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, the two sides haven’t engaged in extension talks in the weeks since the deadline, which is hardly surprising given the 24-year-old shortstop’s persistent back issues and career-worst numbers in 2018. While Correa appears to have made a return to full health this offseason, the Astros are in no rush to ink him to a longer deal, especially considering that he’s slated to remain under team control through 2021.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.