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Kevin Pillar Signs One-Year Deal with the Boston Red Sox

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The Boston Red Sox made one of the biggest moves this offseason when they traded former MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a deal that also sent David Price to L.A. as well.

Boston received Alex Verdugo in the trade, giving them a young outfielder to help fill the void left by Betts.

Still, filling the hole in production left by Betts will not be a one-man job, as the Red Sox are adding a veteran outfielder to take some of those at-bats as well.

Pillar signs a one-year deal with the Red Sox, which is reportedly worth $4.25 million.

While not the same elite defensive outfielder he once was, Pillar can still be a solid defender and brings a potent bat following a career-year last season.

Pillar, 31, hit .264/.293/.442, in 156 games after being traded to the San Francisco Giants from the Toronto Blue Jays. He also set career-highs with 21 home runs and 87 RBIs.

Boston now has four quality outfielder going into the 2020 season, with incumbents Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi, being joined by the additions of Verdugo and Pillar.

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Yankees SP Luis Severino Recommended to Have Tommy John Surgery

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The New York Yankees were hit with a devastating blow on Tuesday, as two-time All-Star Luis Severino received terrible news.

Severino was dealing with forearm tightness that forced the Yankees to shut him down and get further tests.

Those tests confirmed the worst fear for Yankees fans, as it was recommended that Severino gets Tommy John surgery.

This is an awful hit to a Yankees team that has been struggling to get top flight starting pitching to pair with their talented roster for years now.

Severino was the team’s lone ace for 2017 and 2018, with him being an All-Star each season.

Following a 2018 campaign that saw Severino pitch to a 3.39 ERA with 220 strikeouts, the Yankees signed him to a four-year extension. Since then he has made three regular season starts.

Getting Tommy John surgery at the start of Spring Training already puts an end to his 2020 season and may put 2021 in question as well.

Typically rehab time for the injury is anywhere from 12 to 15 months, with strict inning limits usually being placed on a starter in their first season back from the surgery.

This means that the Yankees won’t get to see Severino and Gerrit Cole full force atop their rotation until 2022 at best.

New York still has the talent to win it all this year, but losing Severino once again puts their rotation depth into question.

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New York Yankees SP Luis Severino Shut Down with Forearm Tightness

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Prior to the 2019 season, it looked like the New York Yankees had their ace of the future in Luis Severino.

Severino was coming off two-straight All-Star seasons, as he pitched to sub-3.50 ERA in both those campaigns.

Then came the 2019 season, in which Severino made just three regular season starts due to various injuries.

Now as Spring Training has just gotten under way, Severino once again finds himself sidelined due to an injury.

The Yankees were really counting on Severino to headline the front of their rotation along with top free agent acquisition Gerrit Cole.

Now that all appears to be in doubt, as Aaron Boone explained that this injury is nothing new for the 26-year-old flamethrower.

The Yankees are already going to be without James Paxton until at least June due to shoulder soreness. Taking another hit with Severino is going to be tough for New York to overcome at the start of the season.

All of this proves just how important the acquisition of Cole really was, as their rotation would be in dire straights without him.

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Milwaukee Brewers Sign Utilityman Brock Holt

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It may have taken until Spring Training, but Brock Holt finally has a new home for the 2020 season.

The former Boston Red Sox utilityman is leaving the American League altogether and will instead sign with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Holt’s versatility should prove to be even more valuable with Milwaukee than it even was for the Red Sox, as his ability to play all over the diamond is a big boost in the National League.

Last season, Holt played every position for the Red Sox except catcher and center field, all while producing a quality season with his bat.

Holt is a career .271 hitter, with all the tools to help a team win. He was an All-Star back in 2015 and was part of the Red Sox team that won the World Series in 2018.

Now Holt will join the Brewers where he will try to help them make the postseason for three consecutive years. It would be the first time in franchise history that they would have accomplished that feat.

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