Davis gets a hit after 54 attempts, Ozzie Albies signs a monster deal, and baseball is alive and kickin’.
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- On Saturday Chris Davis snapped his historic streak of 54 at-bats without a hit, knocking in two runs and helping the Orioles to victory over the Red Sox.
Chris Davis knocks a 2-run single in the 1st. pic.twitter.com/E9emfDa6B5
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 13, 2019
At this same time, his early struggle and subsequent invigorating victory reminds us of baseball’s shared humanity.
- The Dodgers are grinding opposing pitchers to dust, so what else is new.
- The Braves inked another one of their young stars to an extremely team-friendly deal, as Ozzie Albies signed a seven-year, $35 million extension with two club options. This deal has raised a ton of eyebrows across the league to say the least.
- Francisco Lindor will begin his rehab assignment in Triple-A Columbus. Lindor is battling back from a high left ankle strain and a calf strain.
- Now that the Cardinals already locked up Paul Goldschmidt for the forseeable future, they turned their eyes to Matt Carpenter and agreed to terms with him on an extension that will keep him in St. Louis until at least 2021 with a vesting option for 2022. His option vests if he its 1,100 plate appearances total between the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
- The Indians were already relying heavily on their rotation coming into the season thanks to a significantly weakened lineup and bullpen, and that became the case even more when Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis went down with injuries. Thus, it was a devastating development when Cleveland announced that its best starter thus far, Mike Clevinger, will be completely shut down from baseball activities for at least 6-8 weeks as he recovers from an upper back strain.
- Baseball Nun is back, and this time she’s throwing HEAT. God bless. Can we get her and Sister Jean in the same building?
- Most Yankees fans’ expectations for Luis Severino had already been lowered substantially after he was shut down with a shoulder injury during spring training. They dropped down another notch on Tuesday, as the team announced that the 24-year-old starter won’t start throwing again for at least six more weeks due to a new injury — a Grade 2 lat strain.
- Our own Andersen Pickard writes that MLB’s decision to shorten mid-inning breaks could have serious consequences for the league from a business standpoint.
- Yasiel Puig tried to fight the entire Pirates team during a bench-clearing brawl over the weekend, and it looked like something straight out of the Louvre. Unfortunately for everyone’s favorite bat-licking outfielder, he received a two-game suspension on Tuesday as punishment for the scuffle. Pirates starter Chris Archer received a five-game ban, while Reds manager David Bell was suspended for one game.
- Dee Gordon’s emotional tribute to José Fernández deserves a deep rewind.
- The Orioles have signed Dan Straily to major-league contract, our Andersen Pickard reports. The 32-year-old was released by Miami at the end of spring training. At this point, it looks like the Orioles are going to need all the help they can muster, and a veteran presence in the starting rotation can’t hurt.
- The Braves reached a deal with their 21-year-old franchise cornerstone that could keep him Atlanta for the next decade, announcing a new eight-year, $100 million contract for Ronald Acuna Jr. that contains two club options. If the Earth is still spinning by that point and the Braves pick up both of those options, he has the chance to remain in ATL through the 2028 season. So now that Acuña is a Brave for the long haul, how will Atlanta build around him?
- The Rockies locked up a key member of their rotation for the long term, signing German Marquez to a new five-year deal that will pay him $43 million from this season through 2023. The contract includes a club option for 2024 that becomes a mutual option if he finishes among the top three in Cy Young voting multiple times.
- Mike Trout has been down for the count for the past week thanks to a groin injury. But fear not, lovers of baseball everywhere: Trout will rejoin the team in Texas for their series against the Rangers. His activity in the lineup will be decided on a day-to-day basis, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group.
- Randal Grichuk became arguably the most unlikely player yet to receive a lucrative long-term extension this spring, agreeing to a new five-year, $52 million deal with the Blue Jays.
- In hopes of fixing their absolute mess of an outfield situation, the Giants acquired Kevin Pillar from Toronto in exchange for a three-player package that included recently-DFA’d infielder Alen Hanson and reliever Derek Law plus pitching prospect Juan De Paula.
- The Yankees are currently the walking wounded, as they found out that not only will Giancarlo Stanton miss time with a biceps injury, but that Miguel Andujar is sidelined with a shoulder injury and could have to undergo season-ending surgery.
- Just before the Blue Jays and Athletics began their seasons, Toronto dealt first baseman Kendry Morales to Oakland. Morales will fill in at first for Matt Olson, who is recovering from surgery on his broken right hand.
- After Ozzie Albies’ contract, MLB may never value players the same again.
- Blake Snell had himself quite the 2018 season on his way to his first Cy Young Award with the Rays. As a result, he wasn’t particularly happy when Tampa didn’t give him much of a raise, at least at first, for the 2019 season. He is likely to be a bit happier now that he signed a five-year, $50 million extension with the team.
- Not to be outdone, the Cardinals have wasted no time in making sure the newly-acquired Paul Goldschmidt doesn’t go anywhere for a while, as he also signed a five-year extension. Goldschmidt’s situation isn’t quite the same as many of these young stars signing extensions given that he is 31 and was on the last year of his deal, but the sheer number of extensions we have seen lately is fascinating.
- Highly-touted outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez and the White Sox have agreed to a six-year, $43 million contract extension that contains two club options.
- Adam Ottavino is still nearly unhittable, perhaps due to the fact that he’s so obsessed with baseball he rented out an empty storefront in Harlem to perfect his mechanics and/or he’s a wizard.
- Even though Trout received nearly half a billion dollars and will end up as the most highly-compensated athlete in the history of pro sports, our Stephen Tolbert argues that the contract is still a steal for the Angels.
- Marcell Ozuna overshot this highlight reel catch by like 15 feet. There’s a lesson to be learned here: always do less and hope it works out for the best because extra effort can cost you.
- The pay of minor leaguers has been a hot topic of late with the reporting by Emily Waldon of The Athletic plus the Blue Jays proactively increasing what they pay their minor leaguers. Now, it looks like MLB is looking at finding ways to increase MiLB pay in recent discussions. Long overdue given how many players have had to live on basically nothing, but a welcome development nonetheless.
- Not only is MLB implementing some rule changes over the next couple of years, but they are also workshopping other changes in the independent Atlantic League to see how things work or don’t work. Our own Stephen Tolbert took a look at these potential changes to see what impacts they could have on games.
- Whit Merrifield’s streak is a glimpse into the player he has become.
- While it seems like a clear-cut, no-brainer deal for almost any team in need of a pitcher, Stephen Tolbert breaks down the tricky part about signing Dallas Keuchel.
- Let’s take a moment to be shocked and surprised: MLB’s revised roster rules could end up punishing the players. That’s thanks to a new limit on pitchers — while it’s yet to be confirmed, multiple reports have stated that come 2020, teams will only be allowed to carry 13 pitchers on their big-league roster — and a significant reduction on September call-ups.