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Red Sox Mourn The Loss Of 17-Year-Old Prospect Daniel Flores

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The Boston Red Sox suffered some devastating news on Wednesday, as catching prospect Daniel Flores passed away due to complications during cancer treatments. He was just 17.

Flores was ranked No. 2 among amateur international prospects in 2017. The highly touted switch-hitter signed with the Red Sox in July for $3.1 million, and was ranked No. 5 in Boston’s farm system.

The Red Sox posted two statements on Twitter Wednesday evening, one from general manager Dave Dombrowski and the other from assistant general manager Eddie Romero:

Romero has been given credit for leading the charge to sign Flores.

It was not known that Flores was suffering from cancer until news broke of his death. According to MLB.com, the Red Sox kept this secret out of respect for the wishes of Flores and his family.

Flores’s death comes one day after former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay was killed at the age of 40 after crashing his ICON A5.

Crushing news for the Red Sox as Flores’s skillset was the real deal at such a young age. Switch-hitter, strong power, strong arm. Very well could’ve been Boston’s future catcher. What a shame it is that now we’ll never get to see what his career in the majors could’ve been like. Such a bright future ahead of him, and cancer took it away.

Rest in peace, Daniel.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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