the team tried to insert Severino back into the rotation

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The lively right-hander broke into the league as a young 21-year-old back in 2015 as a mid-season callup for the Yankees. After posting lights out numbers in Double-A and Triple-A, he showed that he could keep up in the big leaguers. In 62 1/3 innings with the Yankees, Severino posted a 5-3 record and a 2.89 ERA, along with an 8.09 K/9, 4.37 FIP and a 3.72 xFIP, across 11 starts.

Fast forward one year to 2016, when he came into the season with much higher expectations than before. Severino stumbled hard right out of the gate in his first seven starts, managing an 0-6 record and a horrific 7.46 ERA in 35 innings pitched. He was forced into a trip to the disabled list and later returned to the team in August as a reliever.
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After three magnificent relief outings, the team tried to insert Severino back into the rotation, but he faltered in back-to-back outing, leading to him going back to the bullpen. The bullpen wasn’t a bad thing for him and he thrived there. In 42 1/3 innings as a starter in 2016, Severino struggled to an 8.50 ERA, but as a reliever, he was unhittable, posting a 0.39 ERA in 23 1/3 innings. Hitters only had a .105/.209/.158 slash line against him as a reliever, compared with a gaudy .337/.389/.587 slash line against him when starting.

Why he could move soon: For starters, he’ producing better numbers than almost any hitter who could potentially be moved before this year’ trade deadline; he has eight homers and 17 RBIs in 18 games so far in 2017. He’ a free agent after the season, which separates him from most other Tigers who could potentially get moved if the team decides to go full sell-off. They aren likely to extend him, what with all the other burdensome contracts on the books, and even extending a qualifying offer would represent a big raise for Martinez. So if they going to deal him, deal him now.

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