Justin Verlander – Extension
The Astros and Justin Verlander have come to terms on a 2 year deal that will now pay Verlander the most per year for a pitcher in baseball history. Making $33MM a year breaks the record currently held by Zack Greinke who makes $32.5MM per year. Verlander who is 36, has made quite the comeback with the Astros. Working to a 2.35 ERA in 2018, he is still pumping in his high velocity and nasty curveball.
Scooter Gennett – Injury
Reds star second basemen will hit the IL to start the year. After making an awkward slide into second on Friday, apparently straining his right groin. They anticipate this to last 8-12 weeks… Not what Reds fans wanted to hear. The Reds had one of the busiest offseasons in the league, who had hoped for the same awesome production that Gennett had last year batting his way to a 124 wRC+ and an Alll Star appearance.
Jason Hammel – Announces Retirement
Wow, this was a shocker. A day after being told he made the Ranger’s roster out of ST, he decided that it was best to attend to his family instead. Past quotes before he signed earlier in the offseason were that he was going to be in the Majors or retirement, but he got his wish to remain in the bigs, but still decided to retire. Hammel retires with 13 years with 7 teams, a 4.26 FIP pitching in 377 games.
Ruben Tejada – Signed Minors Deal
While this would probably warrant to be in the notes section, I believe this attention. Tejada who was a staple at SS for the Mets from 2011-2015, he famously was taken out by Chase Utley who broke his leg on contact. A rule was immediately implemented changing the contact allowed at 2B, basically removing that aspect of the game. This could really turn out to be a feel good story if he can make any measure of a comeback.
- Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis will not be ready for the season. Lindor faced a calf strain in February and especially with muscle injuries they shouldn’t rush it going back into the cold of Minnesota and Cleveland. Its not like they are fighting for the division, it is theirs barring all but the most extreme of situations
- Melky Cabrera, Francisco Liriano will make Pirates opening day roster
- Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis will not make Mets roster
- Braves acquire Matt Joyce from the Giants
- Cubs release RP Junichi Tazawa
- Pedro Alvarez, Bryan Holaday opted out of their Marlins deals
- Yankees got OF Tauchman from Rockies for southpaw Phillip Diehl (read more here)
business of Baseball – 10-and-5 rights
As we have basically gone through all the important stats of baseball, Mookie’s Cookie will now be giving you a daily dose of a different aspect of daily baseball talk. From what the difference is between the 25 and 40-man rosters, International posting systems, and what a PTBNL is.
10-and-5 Rights: Players who have accrued 10 years of Major League service time and spent the past five consecutive years with the same team are awarded 10-and-5 rights. Under these circumstances, a player can veto any trade scenario that is proposed. In essence, 10-and-5 rights function as a full no-trade clause.
In February 2017, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips waived his 10-and-5 rights to approve a trade to the Braves.
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Header Photo Curtesy of Climbing Tal’s Hill (RIP Tal’s Hill)