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Yankees Acquire Lance Lynn From Twins For Tyler Austin and Minor Leaguer

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The New York Yankees made another big move to bolster their starting rotation, as they acquired right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn from the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

In exchange for Lynn, the Yankees sent first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin and minor league pitcher Luis Rijo to the Twins. Monday was a busy day for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Just hours before acquiring Lynn, he traded relief pitcher Adam Warren to the Seattle Mariners for international bonus pool money.

By trading Warren to the Mariners, the Yankees freed up salary. This made it easier for them to absorb some of the money left on Lynn’s contract. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, the Yankees will pay half of the money remaining on his contract.

In 20 starts for the Twins this year, Lynn went 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA. He had a decent season in 2017 while with the St. Louis Cardinals, going 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 33 starts.

Austin, 26, battled through multiple injuries last season and has never really been able to find a place with the Yankees since getting called up in August of 2016. This year, he was batting .223 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 121 at-bats. Austin has also spent time in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, which is where he was playing at the time of the trade.

This is the second trade for a starting pitcher that the Yankees have made over the past week. On Thursday, they acquired left-hander J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney.

It will be interesting to see if Cashman decides to make another move before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Considering how active the Yankees have been over the past few weeks, one more trade might not be out of the question.

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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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