Astros add $66M to Ver­lan­der’s con­tract

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Justin Ver­lan­der and the Astros agreed to a con­tract adding an ad­di­tional $66 mil­lion in guar­an­teed money for 2020 and ’21, a per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The per­son spoke Sat­ur­day on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the deal hadn’t been an­nounced. The agree­ment was first re­ported by KRIV-FOX 26.

A 36-year-old righthander, Ver­lan­der is due

$28 mil­lion in 2019, the fi­nal guar­an­teed sea­son of a seven-year, $180 mil­lion deal he signed with the Tigers be­fore the 2013 sea­son. That con­tract in­cluded a

$22 mil­lion for 2020 that would have be­come guar­an­teed if Ver­lan­der fin­ished among the top five in Cy Young Award vot­ing this year.

Ver­lan­der was traded from the Tigers to the Astros on Aug. 31, 2017, and helped the Astros win their first World Se­ries that sea­son. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award win­ner and a seven-time All-Star, he fin­ished sec­ond in Cy Young vot­ing last sea­son af­ter go­ing 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA in 34 starts. He pitched

214 in­nings and led the AL with 290 strike­outs.

Reds All-Star sec­ond base­man Scooter Gen­nett will miss the open­ing months of the sea­son with a groin strain.

Gen­nett got hurt while mak­ing a play on a ground ball hit Fri­day against the Brew­ers. He had an MRI, and the Reds said Sat­ur­day that he’s ex­pected to miss two to three months.

Gen­nett has been the Reds’ top hit­ter the last two sea­sons.

Reds lose Gen­nett: Lin­dor, Kip­nis not ready:

The In­di­ans rulled out short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor and dou­ble-play part­ner Ja­son Kip­nis for open­ing day.

The team said Fri­day night that nei­ther player will be ready for Thurs­day’s opener against the Twins. Lin­dor will start the year on the 10-day in­jured list. He has been re­cov­er­ing from a right calf strain that’s lim­ited him dur­ing spring train­ing. He has yet to ap­pear in a Cac­tus League game but has par­tic­i­pated in in­trasquad mi­nor league games. Po­ten­tially frigid weather in Min­neapo­lis is an ex­tra con­cern.

Kip­nis had an MRI on Thurs­day which con­firmed a mild right calf strain. He won’t do any base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties for 7 to 10 days be­fore be­ing re-eval­u­ated.

Veteran right-han­der Ja­son Ham­mel told the Rangers on Fri­day he will re­tire de­spite be­ing in­formed ear­lier in the day he made the team’s open­ing-day ros­ter as a long re­liever.

“Af­ter dis­cussing it with the fam­ily, he felt spend­ing time with them was his pri­or­ity right now,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels said. “It’s some­thing I cer­tainly re­spect. Choos­ing to spend time with fam­ily, he’s had a good ca­reer, it’s a per­sonal call to do it.

“His abil­ity to pitch in dif­fer­ent roles, we felt good with him in that spot. We’ll just have to ad­just.”

Ham­mel, 36, fin­ished his carer 96-114 with a 4.62 ERA in 13 sea­sons for six teams. He earned a World Se­ries ring with the Cubs in 2016 de­spite suf­fer­ing a late-sea­son in­jury that pre­vented him from pitch­ing dur­ing the club’s his­toric post­sea­son run.

Ham­mel re­tires:

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