February 16, 2019 / 1:25 AM / 7 months ago

Yankees' Severino signs four-year contract

Starting pitcher Luis Severino and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration when the right-hander signed a four-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The deal is worth $40 million, according to multiple reports, and could earn Severino as much as $52.25 million.

The contract runs through the 2022 season, with the team holding an option for 2023.

Severino, who turns 25 next week, went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA last season.

According to ESPN, he is set to earn $6 million (including a $2 million bonus) this season, $10 million in 2020, $10.25 million in 2021 and $11 million the following season. The Yankees hold a $15 million option for 2023, with a buyout of $2.75 million.

The agreement was subject to a physical.

Severino had filed an arbitration figure of $5.25 million for this season, with the Yankees countering at $4.4 million.

New York manager Aaron Boone said earlier this week he expects Severino to be the team’s Opening Day starter for the second consecutive season.

Severino made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2015, becoming a full-time starter in 2017. The right-hander is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA in 96 appearances (85 starts). He has struck out 572 and walked 144 in 518 innings.

He struggled down the stretch last season after starting 14-2 with a 2.12 ERA through July 7. He went 5-6 with a 5.69 ERA in his final 13 starts.

Severino told reporters at spring training this week that he changed his diet in the offseason and has dropped 12 to 15 pounds in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

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