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April 20th

Nathan Eovaldi – Injury

In a surprising turn of events, flamethrower Nathan Eovaldi has landed on the IL with “loose body” in his pitching elbow. This comes as a surprise because he had just pitched a gem against the Yankees. Pete Abe of the Boston Globe reports that he is leaning towards a minor surgery to remove them, which could be either bone spurs, or the hopeful: just loose cartilage. He had the same procedure last year which cost him two months. Eovaldi told reporters that the two month timeframe was a little drawn out because he was just fresh off his second Tommy John surgery and expects to be back on the field quicker if all goes as planned.


Gio Gonzalez – Opt Out

Veteran hurler Gio Gonzalez will opt out of his minor league deal with the Yankees. This means the Yankees have 48 hours to either add him to the major league roster, or grant his release, making him a free agent. It does not look like the Yankees will add him, so expect him to land on the market. The most possible suitors would be the Brewers, Phillies, Angels or even the Red Sox: being without Eovaldi for a couple months.


Aaron Judge – Injury

After a base hit in Saturday’s game, Judge struggled to get to first while grimacing the whole way. It looked to be an oblique strain of some sort, and is likely to land on the IL. 


Notes

  • The Indians have activated superstar Francisco Lindor to make his 2019 debut, DFA’d Hanley Ramirez
  • National’s Rendon took a fastball off the elbow, X Rays came back negative, but is listed as day to day.
  • Yankee backstop Sanchez is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday
  • After participating in a pickle, Matt Shoemaker has suffered from a knee sprain. 

PITCH OF THE DAY

Okay this Luis Castillo two seamer is just strait unfair. This pitch came in at NINETY SIX MILES PER HOUR. Just unhittable!



Business of Baseball – Qualifying Offer

Definition

The qualifying offer is a competitive balance measure that was implemented as part of the 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement and restructured under the 2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Note: Teams became subject to the following parameters beginning between the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Clubs wishing to receive compensatory Draft picks for the loss of a free agent can make a one-year “qualifying offer,” worth the mean salary of MLB’s 125 highest-paid players, to their impending free agents prior to the onset of free agency if and only if:

1. That player has never received a qualifying offer previously in his career.
2. That player spent the entire season on that team’s roster (in-season acquisitions are ineligible).

A player will have 10 days to accept or decline the qualifying offer, during which time he can negotiate with other teams to survey his market value. Should a player decide to accept the qualifying offer, he is signed for the following year at that predetermined rate (i.e., the mean salary of the league’s 125 highest-paid players). If a player rejects the qualifying offer, he is free to further explore the free-agent market.

Any team that signs a player who has rejected a qualifying offer is subject to the loss of one or more Draft picks. While a team’s highest first-round pick is exempt from forfeiture, any additional first-round picks are eligible. Three tiers of Draft pick forfeiture — which are based on the financial status of the signing team — are in place to serve as a penalty for signing a player who rejected a qualifying offer: [FINISH READING]


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Business of Baseball Curtesy of MLB.com

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