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Yankees Lock Up Severino

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The New York Yankees wanted to make sure their young ace of the future was locked in the rotation for the long haul.

Luis Severino and the Yankees agreed to a four year, $40 million contract with an option for a fifth year.

Severino’s deal can max out to $52.25 million if the fifth year club option is picked up.

This is a steal for the Yankees and also a sign of loyalty towards Severino, who was arbitration eligible this season and for the following three seasons after that. The contract is actually quite a bit less than many would expect, but the Yankees were aided thanks to a similar situation earlier in the week. Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Philles were in an identical situation but they agreed on a contract to avoid arbitration. The 25 year-old received a four year, $45 million deal after a lights out 2018 season. Nola and Severino (who will be 25 in just a few days) are both lights out pitchers of the future for their respective organizations, so the Yankees were able to take Philly’s approach and use it to their advantage.

Severino in 2018 went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA, striking out 220 in 191 1/3 innings and had a 1.145 WHIP. The velocity on his fastball did dip a bit as the season wore on and his ERA increased, but that could simply be attributed to the innings workload. He’s still very young and the Yankees know they have their long term ace at their disposal.

 

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