Dellin Betances wanted $5 million, and the Yankees were willing to pay him $3 million. It went to arbitration and Betances lost. What happens next is the good part…
Yankees president Randy Levine then decided to hold a press conference to let everyone know that Betances’ Betances’ agents at Excel Sports Management were trying to use Betances to “change the marketplace” for setup relievers by rewarding them with salaries suited for closers. Levine added that would be like him claiming “I’m not the president of the Yankees, I’m an astronaut.”
Ah, but you are an astronaut Mr. Levine:
Levine claiming that Betances asking price of $5 million “had no basis in reality,” leaves almost no chance of Betances pursuing a new contract with the Yankees. In fact, I see a trade coming…
Clay Buchholz is 23-28 with a 4.60 ERA in 83 games over the past three seasons. He went 8-10 with a 4.78 ERA after being demoted from the starting rotation for carrying a 6.35 ERA into the final weekend of May. Perhaps moving to the National League, exchanging his navy cap for a red one and getting outfitted in red pinstripes for the first time will be the right recipe for Buchholz to become a consistent big league starter again. OR NOT
Terry Francona will stay with Cody Allen as closer. Andrew Miller will continue to be his troubleshooter. It’s a formula that worked well last season down the stretch and in the postseason. “I do like the idea of Cody finishing games and Andrew facing the meat of the order,” said Francona.
Jon Singleton is in major league spring training as a non-roster invitee. Under the terms of the five-year extension signed in June 2014, He will make $2 million this season no matter where he plays.
“Some of the biggest leverage situations are in the eighth inning, the seventh inning. And I enjoy pitching in the big leverage situations because that’s a rush. When you’ve pitched in 500 games, you want that fun rush feeling.”
Jarrod Parker has a huge edge Mac Williamson because he’s out of minor league options, but Bruce Bochy says the competition is wide open. Parker is a lefty and Williamson is a righty but they won’t platoon. Listen:
Alex Meyerreworked his delivery over the offseason, speeding up his windup while keeping his shoulder closed before he releases his pitches. Like many tall hurlers, the 6-foot-10 right-hander has struggled to sustain a consistent delivery and stay healthy. He had a 4.57 ERA in five starts, 21.2 innings. He struck out 24 24 but walked 13.
Cesar Hernandez looks to steal 30-40 bases this year and reported to Phillies camp with an added 15 pounds of muscle. Hernandez successfully stole 17 of 30 attempts last season. His .294 average will likely regress some , but that 10.6 percent walk rate shows he has the tools to build on his ability to swipe bags
Vincent Velasquez is working on his curveball this spring, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Velasquez threw his two fastballs 64.2 percent of the time, per Fangraphs, though it was less productive because his changeup failed to complement the heat. Fangraphs (9.9 percent) and PITCHf/x (13.6) differ on how often he used his curveball, likely because some sliders and hooks often look too similar to identify properly.
Joe Ross plans on focusing on the development of his changeup this spring, The Washington Post reports. “That’s probably the biggest thing I’m going to work on throughout the spring,” Ross said Tuesday He threw the pitch 8.8 percent of the time last year, and it was more effective than it had been in 2015, but it’s still far from a reliable pitch for Ross. An improved change should help him against left-handed hitters, who slashed .313/.385/.439 against him last season
Phils Manager Pete Mackanin did acknowledge that both Hector Neris and Edubray Ramos have “shown closer’s stuff,” but he stressed that Gomez is the current closer. The 29-year-old Gomez carried a 2.97 ERA into the 2016 season’s final month before being shelled for 17 earned runs in his final eight innings.
The Mets don’t consider it a setback, as Zach Wheeler’s initial physical revealed his elbow to be in seemingly fine condition. Rather, the current belief is that Wheeler’s mild discomfort comes from scar tissue and won’t be a longstanding issue.
The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with right-hander Mat Latos, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (via Twitter).
The Rays’ interest in free-agent catcher Matt Wieters is serious enough that they’ve made a formal offer, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. However, the team’s offer is “likely for one year” and would be less lucrative than whatever figure Wieters and agent Scott Boras are still hoping to find in free agency
Unless Tyler Glasnow pitches lights-out during spring training, he’ll likely begin 2017 with Triple-A Indianapolis. “He’s got to go out and compete, and show some improvements,” manager Clint Hurdle told Pirates Prospects Glasnow is working on two pitches that he rarely threw in 2016, including a changeup and a two-seam fastball. He’s also shortening his stride in an effort improve upon his command
Archie Bradley went 8-9 with a 5.34 ERA in 141 2/3 innings last season, but four of his last seven were quality starts, including a career high 11 strikeouts against the Padres in the season finale.
Dahl made a strong impression last season as a rookie, hitting .315 with seven home runs in 63 games (222 at-bats).
Parra, slowed by an ankle injury, had a disappointing season after signing a three-year, $27.5 million contract. He hit .253 with a .271 on-base percentage, both career lows, and drew only nine walks in 381 at-bats. Last year, Parra wasn’t at the top of his game.
Clint Frazier is likely a corner outfielder if he gets to the majors.
Jorge Mateo is a middle infielder who might be converted to center field, but hasn’t played higher than Single-A.
Aaron Altherr is possibly the best defensive Phillies player and has a chance to secure an opening-day spot as their starting right fielder. Altherr had his best minor-league numbers of his career in 2015 and finished off the season by showing some bursts of power (11 doubles and five home runs) and speed (four triples and six stolen bases) in 39 big-league games. He later faltered as his wrist injury was still a problem
Jeanmar Gomez‘s lack of strikeout stuff means he is more reliant on his defense for outs, and less able to pitch his own way out of trouble. It also means he is reliant on baseball’s maddening odds.
In his last 19 appearances, his ratios remained largely the same as they were in his first 51
ground ball ratio, which was actually better in that end-of-the-season stretch 1.21, compared with 1.13
Nearly the same`percentage of balls in play, the difference being:
44.1 percent of them went for hits in his last 19 appearances, including eight for extra bases, in 72 total at-bats
In his first 51 games, just 28.6 percent of his balls in play resulted in hits, with 13 going for extra bases, in 198 total at-bats
Andrew McCutchen has never played in right field during his professional career. He started 1,175 games in center.
Starling Marte‘s 580 games in the majors, Marte played 338 of total 580 major league games in right field
Gregory Polanco, who debuted in 2014, appeared in 338 games in right. He played in 37 games in left field and seven in center.
Shawn Kelley – Dusty Bakerexpressed concern about his ability to stay healthy all season, Two Tommy John surgeries on his chart and coming off a season in which he made a career-high 67 appearances, the Nats may not want to put too much pressure on the 32-year-old
Brewers Bullpen 2016:
3.61 ERA ranked sixth in the National League.
46 Saves out of 69 opportunities.
13 Relievers used
Only three relievers in baseball pitched more innings than Carlos Torres‘ 82 1/3
Ozzie Albies is recovering well from the surgery he had to repair the fractured olecranon bone at the tip of his right elbow in September. He has still not been cleared to do full hitting and throwing but he has been hitting light toss balls and making progress on throwing program.
Opponents stole 100 bases against the Rockies a season ago and were thrown out just 31 times. (23.7 caught-stealing percentage) They ranked 20th in the major leagues. This was not all on the catchers as some pitchers lack awareness and slow delivery also played a role.
Another example of ‘The Effector’
AJ Hinch said it’s a fair statement to say Ken Giles is the #Astros closer but that doesn’t mean he’ll always close.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch reiterated Tuesday he reserves the right to deploy his closer earlier than the ninth inning if the situation calls for it.A game’s highest-leverage moment often occurs before the ninth inning, a notion managers have acted on more and more in recent seasons. Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona‘s non-traditional usage of Andrew Miller in last year’s postseason is the most notable example.
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