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Mariners Acquire Power-Hitting Ryon Healy From Athletics

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In one of the offseason’s first notable trades Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners acquired corner infielder/designated hitter Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics.

Oakland received right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor League infielder Alexander Campos in return.

As MLB.com’s Greg Johns reported, the Athletics were looking to move Healy after he struggled defensively at third base in 2017 (11 errors in 77 chances). Also, after the emergence of slugging first baseman Matt Olson, Healy lost playing chances there down the stretch.

Healy, 25, hit .271/.302/.451 with 25 homers and 78 RBIs for the A’s in 2017. This followed a solid debut outing in 2016, as he hit .305 with 13 homers in 269 at-bats.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is excited about what the 6’5” Healy brings to the table:

“Ryon brings a power bat to our lineup at first base, while providing the flexibility to play third base as well. He adds to a growing core of productive young players who impact our present and future.”

With the departures of Yonder Alonso and Danny Valencia to free agency, the Mariners had to a hole to fill at first base prior to Wednesday’s deal.

For the Athletics, they’re getting a promising reliever in the 26-year-old Pagan. He made his Major League debut in 2017, appearing in 34 games for Seattle while posting a 3.22 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 50 1/3 innings with 56 strikeouts.

Campos, a 17-year-old from Venezuela, hit .290 in 59 games for the Dominican Summer League Mariners this past season, which was his first as a professional.

Stay tuned with HR Daily for coverage of all big trades and transactions all offseason long!

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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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