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Diamondbacks Claim Former Pitching Prospect Henry Owens Off Waivers From Red Sox

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Just two days after being released by the Boston Red Sox, left-hander Henry Owens was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Owens, 25, didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2017.

A former first-round pick by the Red Sox in 2011, Owens entered the 2015 season as the organization’s top prospect. He made his Major League debut on August 4 of that year, going 4-4 in 11 starts for Boston with a 4.57 ERA in 63 innings; but in 2016, was 0-2 in five starts with a 6.95 ERA, including 20 walks in 22 innings.

In 26 Minor League starts in 2017 (14 in triple-A Pawtucket, 12 in double-A Portland), Owens was 7-11 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 126 innings pitched. His walks-per-nine rate was 8.21, nearly three free passes higher than his 2016 mark of 5.3 across 137 2/3 innings coming entirely for the triple-A Paw Sox (10-7, 3.53 ERA).

Since Owens was showing no signs of improving his control, the Red Sox ultimately decided someone else would be a better fit on their 40-man roster.

A primary starting pitcher, Owens has made only one professional relief appearance, which came in 2012 for the Greenville Drive, Boston’s class-A affiliate.

Owens reunites in Arizona with general manager Mike Hazen, who held the same position for the Red Sox from September 2015 to October 2016 after being promoted from senior vice president/assistant general manager.

For Owens, this is great for him. The Red Sox weren’t giving him any more chances; but by joining Arizona, has a legitimate chance to rejuvenate his career. He just needs to improve on his control which has gotten worse every year since 2014.

A change of scenery- joining a smaller market- can help him do that. Solid pickup for the D’Backs.

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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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