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Oh no, Ohtani? Not really. Angels will be fine

Oh no, Ohtani? Not really. Angels will be fine

The Shohei Ohtani news might have captured the headlines in Southern California on Tuesday, but did you catch the Drew Smyly news?

The Chicago Cubs guaranteed Smyly $10 million. He is a starting pitcher, but he probably will not start a game for them next year because he is coming off Tommy John surgery. The Cubs hope Smyly can help them in 2019.

Tommy John surgery is not a calamity, not in a time when rehabilitation techniques are so advanced that the Cubs feel comfortable betting $10 million on them. And the Cubs are far from alone, or novel:...

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