March 10th

Adam Jones – SigneD

Dontrelle Willis (twitter) reports that veteran outfielder Adam Jones has signed a one year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks worth $3MM. Some said that it’s the biggest shame that no one had signed Jones, many speculating Cleveland for the landing spot for him, it did not end up as his home for 2019. We are still now waiting for the last two major dominoes to fall: Keuchel and Kimbrel.

Valdimir Guerrero JR. – Injury

Top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has suffered a left oblique strain. The team has said that they will wait 3 weeks to reevaluate the injury. MLB. Trade Rumors has broken it down:

The injury to Guerrero officially takes him out of the running to open the season in Toronto, though he wouldn’t have stood much chance to crack its roster even if he remained healthy. Not only will the Blue Jays gain an extra season of control over Guerrero by keeping the 19-year-old in the minors until mid-April, but general manager Ross Atkins indicated last month that the big-bodied third baseman’s not yet suited for a major league promotion. Since then, Guerrero has batted a meager .211/.250/.316 in 19 spring at-bats.

Conner Byrne, MLBTR

Blake Snell – Contract Update

The Tampa Bay Rays renewed Blake Snell at $573,700 for the 2019 season. After such a stellar season which earned him the American League Cy Young award, it could have been easy to see a larger raise. Since the lefty is still pre-arbritration, the team decides his salary as long as its over the $555K minimum. You can see that Snell was not particularly happy with only a $18,700 pay increase as seen is this quote:

The Rays have the right under the collective bargaining agreement to renew me at or near the league-minimum salary. They also have the ability to to more adequately compensate me, as other organizations have done with players who have similar achievements to mine. The Rays chose the former. I will have no further comment and look forward to competing with my teammates and field staff in our quest to win the World Series in 2019.

Blake Snell

This is not the first time a team has given minimal raises to star players. After a second place finish in the MVP voting, Mookie Betts was given $950K, and Carlos Correa was given $1MM and both were in the same situation. You can still see a rather big difference in pay, Betts and Correa both almost got their salary doubled.

Clayton Kershaw – Update

After resting for the past two weeks after his shoulder issue, manager Dave Roberts stated today that Kershaw will try throwing today. If you remember, this was probably caused by a new routine Kershaw is trying intended to increase his velocity.

Best Blogs of the Week

This is something I want to start featuring on Sundays. MLB Trade Rumors does a post, highlighting the best blogs of each week. I will add my favorites, and then link to their post:

Header Photo Curtesy of Call to the Pen

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