A strong showing last spring -- which he split between the Mariners and Team USA in the WBC -- signaled that Drew Smyly was ready to bounce back from a poor 2016 season, but an elbow injury suffered in late March prevented him from being ready for the start of the season. His season was ultimately over for good when it was decided he would need Tommy John surgery in June. Smyly will not be ready to return until the middle of the 2018 season at the earliest, and it's possible he could miss the entire year. His respectable career marks of a 3.74 ERA and 8.7 K/9 make him worth holding onto in deep keeper leagues, but it's a long shot that he will pay off as a long-term stash in single-season leagues in 2018. The Cubs signed him to a two-year deal in December, likely banking on his Year 2 contributions with the club once he's completely healthy again.
Smyly (elbow) agreed to a two-year contract with the Cubs on Tuesday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. Smyly is not expected to debut with the Cubs until the latter portion of the 2018 season, as he just underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past June. The move is likely more 2019 focused, as Smyly could be seen as a nice buy-low option in the long run. He has a career 3.74 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 156 appearances.
The Mariners declined to tender Smyly (elbow) a contract for 2018, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. This is hardly a surprise given that Smyly will likely miss the first half of 2018 at least after undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer. Smyly showed great promise earlier in his career between Detroit and Tampa Bay, but the injuries have added up -- he missed a large portion of 2015 with shoulder troubles -- and at this point it's anyone's guess as to what kind of pitcher he will be when he comes back.
Smyly (elbow) was taken off the 60-day DL and added to the Mariners' 40-man roster Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. This is just a housekeeping move by the organization, as David Phelps (elbow) was also reinstated from the 60-day DL and placed on the team's active roster. In terms of Smyly, the southpaw is still expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in July.
Smyly (elbow), who underwent Tommy John surgery in July and is currently rehabbing in Dallas, visited with the Mariners in Arlington on Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "He's doing OK," manager Scott Servais said. "He really likes it here on our team and feels bad he wasn't able to contribute. I'd still love to have him here going forward. Those are deals [general manager Jerry Dipoto] and his agent have to work out, but I still think there's a real good fit for him here." Smyly met with Servais and both parties reiterated their hope that the southpaw can eventually take the mound for the Mariners. The veteran was injured during spring training, so he's actually yet to throw a pitch for his new team. Whether he ever will remains up in the air for the foreseeable future, as Smyly is also likely to miss most of 2018 due to the timing of the surgery. While he has one year left of arbitration eligibility, he'll become a free agent unless the team is willing to tender him the required minimum of 80 percent of this year's $6.88 million contract.
Smyly (elbow) was diagnosed Wednesday with a torn UCL and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. It's brutal news for Smyly, who was already in the midst of recovering from an elbow injury before suffering a setback during a simulated start Tuesday. The southpaw has yet to pitch since being acquired by the Mariners in January and will undergo the procedure July 6, meaning his one-year contract will have expired by the time he's healed. Smyly posted a 4.88 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 30 starts with Tampa Bay last year and first experienced the initial elbow soreness during spring training.
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