April 16th


Blake Snell – Injured

After a bathroom mishap, the Cy Young award winner of 2018 is now headed to the IL with a broken toe. While only expected to miss one start, Snell has been nothing short of spectacular so far pitching to a 2.16 ERA, so he will be missed. The incident happened while coming out of the shower, he went to move a two piece decorative stand, but did not realize the stand was in two pieces. He moved one and the granite part fell on his toe. 


Greg Bird – Injury

While Bird joins (many) of his friends on the IL, reports are out that he will be missing at least a month with a left plantar fascia tear. It is starting to become insane how many the Yankees have on the IL. That list is now at 12 starters: Severino, Ellsbury, Tulowitzki, Gregorius, Andujar, Heller, Stanton, Hicks, Betances, Montgomery, Bird and Sanchez. Just wow. 


Blake Swihart – DFA’d

In a very shocking turn of events, catcher Blake Swihart has been designated for assignment. Making the team out of camp, this finally looked to be his year. He was a top 25 prospect for a few years, after 2018 had Swihart basically turning into a highly paid bench warmer for the Sox for no apparent reason. Having a near league average bat, which is great for a catcher, and having plus defensive skills it has been a wonder to Red Sox fans why he has never been given the plate appearances to succeed. Hopefully he will now be given that chance. 


Notes 

  • As said yesterday, Jermey Jeffress has been activated for the Crew
  • Rendon and the Nationals have resumed contract extension talks
  • Indians select Mike Freeman from AAA

PITCH OF THE DAY

Marcus Stroman 93 MPH SINKER



Business of Baseball – Outright Waivers

Definition

A club attempting to remove a player from the 40-man roster and send him to the Minor Leagues must first place that player on outright waivers, allowing the 29 other Major League clubs the opportunity to claim him. The claiming club assumes responsibility for the remaining money owed to the claimed player, who is placed on his new club’s 40-man roster. Should the player clear waivers, he can be sent to any Minor League affiliate the club chooses. Outright waivers are also used when clubs wish to remove a player who is out of Minor League options from the 25-man roster by sending him to the Minors.

If a player has more than three years of Major League service time or was previously outrighted in his career (by his current club or another club), he is eligible to reject the outright assignment and instead opt for free agency. Players with more than three but less than five years of Major League service time must forfeit any remaining guaranteed money on their contract if they reject an outright assignment. Conversely, those with five or more years of Major League service time are still owed any guaranteed money remaining on their contract, should they elect free agency following an outright.

Example

When the Red Sox removed Allen Craig from their 40-man roster on May 18, 2015, he was still guaranteed approximately $25.2 million. That was likely one of the reasons he went unclaimed on waivers, allowing Boston to outright him to the Minors. Given his standing as a player with more than three but less than five years of service time, Craig would have had to forfeit the remaining money on his contract in order to test free agency. Thus, he accepted an assignment to Triple-A.


Pitch of the Day Curtesy of @PitchingNinja

Business of Baseball Curtesy of MLB.com

Header Photo Curtesy of USA Today

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