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Tigers Sign Speedy Outfielder Leonys Martin To One-Year Deal

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The Detroit Tigers got a little bit faster on Tuesday, as they signed free agent outfielder Leonys Martin to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.

According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Martin’s deal includes $1.1 million in performance incentives.

Martin, who turns 30 in March, gives the Tigers some much needed depth in the outfield. Prior to his signing, Detroit had just three outfielders with Major League experience on the 40-man roster- Nicholas Castellanos, JaCoby Jones, and Mikie Mahtook.

Known primarily for his speed, Martin is 115 for 151 in career stolen base attempts. His 36 and 31 steals for the Texas Rangers in 2013 and 2014, respectively, were both fifth most in the American League. In addition, his 24 thefts for the Seattle Mariners in 2016 was seventh most.

Martin struggled offensively in 2017. He was designated for assignment- twice- by the Seattle Mariners, after hitting .174 (20 for 115) overall. He was dealt to the Chicago Cubs on the August 31 waiver trade deadline; and despite only 13 at-bats (2 hits), made the Cubs’ NLDS and NLCS rosters, indicating the value that lies within his speed.

Overall, Martin’s a .247/.300/.360 career hitter with 38 homers, 72 doubles, 19 triples, and 176 RBIs. He defected from Cuba in 2010 and made his Major League debut in late 2011 with the Rangers after signing a five-year deal in May of that year.

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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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