Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday
A person larger than any blog post could write about, this is a great time to ponder how far this game of baseball has come, and how much further we have to go as a society. This year in downtown Manhattan, SoHo, there will be the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum. Robinson being the epitome of those who fight for what what they believe in, and who reminds us that there are issues larger than the game.
Nolan Arenado avoids arbiration
4x All-Star, 6x Gold Glove and 2x Platinum Glove award winner Nolan Arenado has come to terms with the Colorado Rockies on a one year deal to avoid arbitration. The perennial MVP candidate had filed for $30MM while the team had offered $24MM, settling between the figures at $26MM. Entering his final year under team control before free agency, Nolan has now set the record for a 3rd year arbitration eligible player, primed to make even more as a free agent.
Greg Holland Signs with the Diamondbacks
Greg Holland has found a home with the Diamondbacks after a disappointing 2018 with the Washington Nationals. Not the true relief ace he one was with the KC Royals, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports Holland is going to receive $3.25MM with a up to $3.5MM in various incentives.
Wade Miley signs with the Astros
Lefty Wade Miley is moving to Houston this year. After turning in a pretty impressive campaign with the Brewers (2.57 ERA over 80.2 IP) he is joining the 2017 champs. Houston, now the analytical powerhouse, must see something others don’t. According to Statcast (baseballsavant.mlb.com), he is near elite at keeping his contact soft and hard hit % as low as nearly possible.
Martin Perez signs with the Twins
First reported on the 19th by Jon Heyman, the Twins have finally announced the signing of Martin Perez. Looking like Thad Levine (current Twins GM and former Rangers Assistant GM) is getting his man back. After a plethora of injuries, Levine made sure to make sure to cross his t’s and dot his i’s by making this deal laden with incentives. While Perez is making $3.5MM guaranteed, he has bonuses of $500K for reaching innings pitched benchmarks. He also was given a team option for $7.5MM for a second season which can also raise his the cost of the option $500k depending on innings pitched.
The San Diego Padres are planning to have a meeting with Harper and his agent Scott Boras tonight in Bryce’s hometown Las Vegas, Nevada. After waiting this long, the Padres must feel that his price must have come down some, or they now see some more value. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Harper and Boras have had meetings in the past several days with multiple clubs.