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On this week’s mailbag, I get right into a doable extension for Tarik Skubal, potential suits for Ivan Herrera and Alex Verdugo, and plenty of extra trade-related questions.

Kevin asks:

Is a brief time period extension doable? Tarik will make about 30 million in arbitration for 2025 and 2026. What if Detroit supplied him 100 million for 2025/26/27 and 28 ? Slight two yr delay for Tarik however cash in hand and manageable quantity for Detroit. Ideas?

Skubal, maybe the present favourite for the AL Cy Younger award, turns 28 in November.  As Kevin stated, the lefty has two extra years of arbitration eligibility earlier than hitting free company upfront of his age-30 season.

Skubal is a Boras consumer, however there’s cause for him to think about locking in a giant payday now.  His 2022 season ended on August 1 on account of one thing alternately referred to as forearm irritation after which simply “left arm fatigue.”  He went on to have flexor tendon surgical procedure on August 17 of that yr.  Consequently, Skubal’s 2023 debut was on July 4th, and he returned a unique pitcher.  He averaged 94.29 miles per hour on his four-seam fastball in 2022, and after he returned from surgical procedure the next yr, that was as much as 95.81.  He began throwing his four-seamer extra and his strikeout fee leapt ahead, turning Skubal into one of many sport’s greatest pitchers.

This yr, Skubal’s fastball velocity has climbed additional nonetheless, as much as 96.99 mph.  Since June nineteenth, he is at 97.47.  In very Jacob deGrom-like style, Skubal is now throwing a full three mph sooner than he was earlier than his surgical procedure.

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