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MLB Weekly Digest February 17th Edition: Diamondbacks Sign Ahmed to Four-Year Extension

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The last week in MLB was about a shortstop in the National League signing a contract extension, a starting pitcher undergoes surgery, and a pitcher will have their spring training delayed.

Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Shortstop Nick Ahmed to Four-Year Contract Extension

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed shortstop Nick Ahmed to a four-year contract extension, per a club announcement.

The deal runs through 2023, is worth $32.5 million, and includes performance bonuses, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Ahmed had a solid 2019 campaign for the Diamondbacks, by posting a .254 batting average and .753 OPS in 158 games with 33 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs, 82 RBIs, eight stolen bases and won a Gold Glove for the second consecutive year.

Ahmed has always been a great defender, but his prowess at the plate has improved over the last two seasons.

He has hit at least 30 doubles, five triples, mashed 16 home runs, and collected 70 or more RBIs in each of the last two years.

The Diamondbacks were smart to lock up Ahmed for the next four years at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

The shortstop will continue to make spectacular plays in the field, but if he continues to progress as a hitter, then this contract will appear to be a steal, as the team will have a complete shortstop.

Cleveland Indians Starting Pitcher Mike Clevinger Out Six-to-Eight Weeks After Knee Surgery

The Cleveland Indians will probably be without starting pitcher Mike Clevinger when the regular season begins, as the starting pitcher underwent knee surgery a couple of days ago, per a team announcement.

Clevinger suffered a partial tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee while training last week and had been on crutches, per Zack Meisel of The Athletic.

Clevinger is expected to return to major-league activity in six-to-eight weeks, says Meisel.

The loss of Clevinger is enormous for the Indians as he was stellar for the MLB club in 2019.

He compiled a 2.71 ERA in 126 innings pitched (21 starts) with 169 strikeouts, 37 walks issued, 10 home runs yielded, a 174 ERA+, a 2.49 FIP, and a 1.05 WHIP.

The silver lining is with the injury happening early in spring training, Clevinger won’t miss much time in the regular season.

Opening Day is Thursday, March 26th, so an eight-week recovery period, combined with the right-hander needing to go on a rehab assignment, he might come back the first week of May.

Atlanta Braves Starting Pitcher Cole Hamels Dealing with Shoulder Injury

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Cole Hamels has left shoulder discomfort after doing weighted-ball exercises and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, says manager Brian Snitker, according to David O’Brien of The Athletic.

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the pitcher won’t be ready for the start of the MLB regular season, per 680 The Fan.

The Braves signed Hamels to a one-year contract this offseason to provide their young starting rotation with a veteran presence.

Hopefully, Hamels will be able to throw in about three weeks, and the shoulder injury doesn’t escalate into something dangerous.

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Chris is a 25-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter [email protected]
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