April 24th


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Called Up

After to last night’s game, Manager Charlie Montoyo announced that Mega Prospect Vlad Jr. will be in the lineup in Friday’s game against the A’s. Last year Vlad Jr. hit a whopping .402/.449/.671 slash line in AA. This year so far in AAA he is still slugging a .336/.414/.564 as a 20 year old. He also hits just MOONSHOTS as a very strong young man. While easily rated as the game’s #1 prospect, he did not make the ball club as service time manipulation was being whispered. He ultimately faced an oblique strain which the club definitely used to their advantage to get the extra year of control. 


Cody Allen – Lost Closer Role

Prior to last night’s matchup between the Halo’s and Yankees, Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that Cody Allen will no longer be used as the Closer. Struggling with velocity so far in 2019 (a full two MPH slower) he is also allowing many more dingers. He has allowed three already this year. His strikeout rate is also still down tending ever since he was one of the more prominent closers in the game. 


Joey Wendle – Fractured Wrist

Rising star infielder Joey Wendle is now back on the IL, this time with a fractured wrist. During last night’s matchup against the Royals he was hit by a pitch in what caused the fracture. 


Notes

  • Yankee’s Gary Sanchez returned from the IL and went 0-4 with 4 Ks. 
  • Erik Gonzalez will undergo surgery to repair his clavicle
  • Rangers prospect Taylor Hearn will be called up to the bigs

PITCH OF THE DAY

Justin Verlander, Wicked 89mph Slider (w/ tail). 🤢



Business of Baseball – Split Contract

Definition

A split contract calls for a player to earn different salaries in the Majors Leagues and Minor Leagues. For instance, a player could earn $14,000 per month in the Minor Leagues but be paid a $535,000 salary for the Major Leagues. That player would earn the pro-rated portion of his Major League salary for any time spent on the Major League roster. That is determined by dividing his Major League salary by 183 (the number of days in the MLB regular season) and multiplying that number by the number of days spent on the Major League roster.

Examples

The Rangers avoided arbitration with catcher Chris Gimenez by agreeing to a one-year split contract with him in December 2015. The deal afforded Gimenez a $975,000 salary upon making the Major League roster.


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Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers 4/24

What a great sight. Seeing the Sox actually pummel an opponent. Before Thornburg allowed the three in the top of the ninth, the Sox had an 11-1 lead. See how it got there ⬇️


NEWS

  • Apparently a few days ago, Pedroia showed ERod a new grip to hold his slider. That is what that picture is above ⬆️ , it worked to perfection last night.
  • Pedroia was turning double plays and doing home to second sprints during the pre game work, maybe looking to a return soon. 

Important Moments

The Sox got off scoring quickly this game which is always nice! 2-0 Sox after a blooper RBI hit and a hit and run by Vazquez has the Sox leading by 2 after 2! Eddy Rodriguez and Ross both got into a groove from the third through the 5th, Eddy actually had a no hitter through 5 until he allowed a single; but 8 Ks through 5 with only 3 total base runners is pretty dang good!

In the 6th, the Sox got a walk from benny who scored on a double high off the monster from Mookie! Moreland took a walk and JD hit one to the wall scoring Mookie from second! 4-0 Sox! The Tigers did get a run in on a sac fly after Eddy allowed a lead off double. 

In the top of the 8th, Barnes was looking great, getting two quick strikeouts, but he might of gotten a little cocky because then he allows three strait base runners, but then strikes out the next batter on three pitches. 

The Sox tacked on several more runs on an ugly the bottom of the inning. Chavis gets hit by the pitch, then steals second, and Vazquez drives him in. Benny then hits one to the monster driving Vazquez in! Moreland walked to load the bases and Bogaerts walked to force in a run! Then Devers takes ANOTHER WALK to force in Mookie! But guess what. Chavis comes to plate and sees four pitches. All four were balls! 9-1 Sox! verHagen just totally fell apart. Farmer comes into the game and singles just past the outreaching hands of the first baseman scoring 2!

Thornburg just couldn’t find the strike zone in the ninth when he allows 3 runs allowing a single, a double and two walks. 

Final Score: 11-4 Red Sox!! 


HIGHS

  • Eduardo Rodriguez was just completely lights out. He had a no hitter through 4 innings and just ended his day allowing five total base runners. 
  • The Red Sox offense looked back on track scoring 6 runs before VerHagen just fell completely apart.
  • Betts went 2-4 pushing his avg up to .250!

LOWS

  • Thornburg is just getting lower and lower on the depth chart. Cora had told reporters that Walden has already passed him up, and after two walks, a single and a double, its going to be hard to keep him on the roster. His ERA has inflated to a frightening 7.59. 

Final Box Scores



Standings

Best thing about baseball is how it’s played nearly everyday! Today’s game is at 7:10 PM ET featuring Jordan Zimmermann vs Rick Porcello! Both pitchers are looking to right the wrong ship they’ve been on so far this year. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

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DOUBLEHEADER: Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers 4/23



NEWS

  • Eovaldi underwent the successful surgery to remove his loose bodies from his pitching elbow. If all goes as planned, he will begin a throwing program in two weeks to rebuild his pitching strength. He was out exactly two months from the time of surgery to back into games. Nate did say that last year they were playing it extremely cautious because he was still recovering from his TJ as well.
  • Darwinson Hernandez has been called up as the extra man allowed for the double header. He made his major league debut and pitched two and a third innings of scoreless ball, scattering four hits and walk. He was replaced by another hurler making his major league debut ⬇️
  • Sox optioned Bobby Poyner and recalled Travis Lakins for game 2. Lakins made his major league debut relieving Hernandez and pitching quite well himself! Two and two thirds innings of one run ball and looked great doing it. The one run did not prove to be costly as the Sox lost by two runs anyway.

Important Moments GAME 1

Sale got off to a great start with 6 Ks over his first three innings, and the Sox gots scoring in the bottom of the third as well! Vazquez, who DH’d, took a walk, and Lin who was showing bunt the first pitch, lined a double down the line! After a groundout to the third baseman by Leon and a tapper to the pitcher from Benny and the second and third situation with no outs was looking dire: Mookie changed that though! Mookie hit a single through the left side to make it 2-0 Sox!

Detroit does get a run in during the fourth after a walk, stolen base and then a double scored him. Grinder took Sale deep to lead off the fifth. It was definitely a mistake pitch, 90 MPH and middle middle. Hembree takes over in the 6th and immediately gives up a long dinger. 3-2 Tigers. Hembree couldn’t even get out of the inning and Thornburg has to come in to get the third out. 

But guess what happens in the 6th? XANDER PUTS ONE OVER THE MONSTER!!! TIE BALL GAME!! Thornburg did finish really strong with 2 Ks over his inning and a third of work. Brewer takes over in the 8th but can’t get the job done. Allows two baserunners to get on, then with 2 outs, allows a two run double to Josh Harrison: 5-3 Tigers. Then allows another single bringing Harrison in: 6-3 Tigers. Poyner gives up a run also. Xander put one off the light tower again in the ninth to tack one more on, but they still fall in game 1.

Final Score: 7-4 Tigers


IMPORTANT MOMENTS GAME 2

Velazquez got off to a great start with three strong innings, but the Sox kept getting doubled up in the first two innings. In the bottom of the third, the Sox finally got a rally together loading the bases but bogaerts popped out to end the threat. In the fourth inning, Velazquez got in a jam and was pulled in favor for Walden. Walden enters the game with the bases loaded with only one out, and he allowed a bases clearing double just past the outreached glove of Devers.

The Sox got two on again in the fifth AND sixth innings and couldn’t push anyone through. The Sox have had every chance to be up in this game and just can’t get that clutch hit. Travis Lakins made his major league debut and did great. Pitched a couple solid innings! In the 7th inning, The Sox did push across a run, and in the 8th, Chavis hit his first major league dinger, and it was a MAMMOTH shot! Way out of Fenway. 3-2. Lakins did allow a run in the ninth on a double making it 4-2. You can’t strand 13 runners and expect to win a ball game. In the bottom of the ninth, JD did get on but no one even got him to second. 

Final Score: 4-2 Tigers


HIGHS

  • Chris Sale still was not his dominant self, only pitching 5 innings. He did strike out 10 and only allow the two runs though. He is trending well, and hit 95 on the gun.
  • Bogaerts with 2 homers, looks to be hitting a groove!
  • Hernandez and Lakins both had their major league debuts combining for 5 IP of 1 one ball, and was just great.
  • Chavis hit a MOONSHOT over the monster for his first ML dinger! Check it out ⬇️

LOWS

  • As @RedSoxStats pointed out on twitter: “Barnes Brasier Workman Walden 42 IP, 11 ER, Everyone else in the pen 47 IP, 39 ER” … Yikes. That was after game 1.
  • Game 2: Sox offense couldn’t push across a run to save their lives, 13 stranded base runners. YOU. JUST. CANNOT. DO. THAT. Moreland and JD both left SIX runners on base. That just can’t happen

Final Box Scores GAME 1


FINAL BOX SCORES GAME 2



Best thing about baseball is how it’s played nearly everyday! Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

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April 23rd


Nick Burdi – Injury Update

After quite the scare on the mound when Nick went to the ground holding his elbow, the news came out rather positive. There are no tears or breaks in his arm, and he has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain in his bicep. There is no timetable for his return as he is shut down indefinitely. 


Top Red Sox Prospects – Called Up

The Red Sox called up two of their top pitching prospects that both made their major league debuts. Darwinzon Hernandez and Travis Lakins both pitched over two innings in relief in the night portion of the Red Sox double header on Tuesday. This comes right after the Sox called up one of their top overall prospects in Michael Chavis who also hit his first major league dinger.


Anderson Espinoza – Second Tommy John

Top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza has undergone a second Tommy John surgery. While not pitching since 2016, Espinoza was once called a young Pedro Martinez. His stuff was *that* good. Anderson Espinoza was the headlining piece that sent Drew Pomeranz to Boston in a rare one for one swap. That was also the trade that had missing medicals and the Sox were given a “redo” on the trade if they wanted to nix it. It looks like the Sox may of known of some injury potential as they did not rehash on that trade


Notes

  • Carlos Martinez is looking to return in the bullpen
  • Hanley Ramirez has elected free agency
  • Brewers and Mets are the frontrunners to land Gio Gonzalez
  • Blue Jay’s top prospect Bo Bichette has a broken hand, expected to get a second opinion

PITCH OF THE DAY

Chris Sale NASTY slider to get the swing and miss (if we are being honest, he wasn’t even close on)



Business of Baseball – Salary Arbitration

Definition

Players who have three or more years of Major League service but less than six years of Major League service become eligible for salary arbitration if they do not already have a contract for the next season. Players who have less than three but more than two years of service time can also become arbitration eligible if they meet certain criteria; these are known as “Super Two” players. Players and clubs negotiate over appropriate salaries, primarily based on comparable players who have signed contracts in recent seasons. A player’s salary can indeed be reduced in arbitration — with 20 percent being the maximum amount by which a salary can be cut — although such instances are rare.

If the club and player have not agreed on a salary by a deadline in mid-January, the club and player must exchange salary figures for the upcoming season. Unsurprisingly, the club files a lower number than the player does. After the figures are exchanged, a hearing is scheduled in February. If no one-year or multi-year settlement can be reached by the hearing date, the case is brought before a panel of arbitrators. After hearing arguments from both sides, the panel selects either the salary figure of either the player or the club (but not one in between) as the player’s salary for the upcoming season.

The week prior to the exchange of arbitration figures is when the vast majority of arbitration cases are avoided, either by agreeing to a one- or multi-year contract. Multi-year deals, in these instances, serve as a means to avoid arbitration for each season that is covered under the new contract.

Once a player becomes eligible for salary arbitration, he is eligible each offseason (assuming he is tendered a contract) until he reaches six years of Major League service. At that point, the player becomes eligible for free agency.

Example

Following the 2015 season, Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had two years and 130 days of Major League service time. That landed Calhoun directly on that offseason’s cutoff date for arbitration eligibility, so he was eligible for salary arbitration as a “Super Two” player.


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Red Sox Game Rained Out

Yesterday’s game got rained out, and will be played as a double header today! Game 1 starts at 1:10 ET featuring Chris Sale vs Matthew Boyd, and game 2 at 7:10 ET featuring Hector Velazquez rivaling Spencer Turnbull.


NEWS

  • Nathan Eovaldi will officially undergo the needle today that will remove the “loose bodies” in his pitching elbow. Dr. Christopher Ahmad will be the surgeon, who is the same doctor who performed the same surgery on him yesteryear.
  • Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com had the following updates on the off day yesterday:
  • No baseball activities yet for Dustin Pedroia. Did “a lot” in the weight room today.
  • Brian Johnson will play catch from 60 feet tomorrow.
  • Brock Holt will take BP tomorrow.
  • Eduardo Nunez is feeling better and hitting.



Good thing the off day is OVER! Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about both games. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

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April 22nd


Gregory Polanco – Activated 

Polanco has been activated and played in last night’s game. After a late 2018 surgery to repair his shoulder labrum, he has made his 2019 debut. This comes as a great relief to Bucs fans that already have Chisenhall, Dickerson, and Marte all on the IL with various injuries. Polanco had a career best year in 2018 featuring a .254/.340/.499 slash line with 23 dingers.


Jacob deGrom – Injury Update

Jacob did end up going in an MRI after all, but the results did come back clean. A HUGE positive for the Mets of course, and because it came back negative for any injuries, he went to the park and threw a bullpen. More updates will come tomorrow if he feels any ill effects from throwing. 


Notes

  • Rockies’ Kyle Freeland lands on IL with a blister
  • Gio Gonzalez is granted his release and is now a free agent
  • Michael Wacha will miss one start on the IL with mild tendinitis in his knee.
  • Brad Miller signs a minor league deal with the Yankees 

PITCH OF THE DAY

Chaz Roe gets Maldonado to jump on a wicked slider that hits the outside corner hahaha!



Business of Baseball – Rule 5 Draft

Definition

Held each December, the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other clubs. Clubs draft in reverse order of the standings from the previous season. Players who signed with their current club at age 18 or younger and have played professionally for at least five years are eligible to be selected, as are those who signed at 19 or older and have at least four years of professional experience.

Not every club will make a selection, but those that do pick a player must pay $100,000 to the club from which said player was selected. Rule 5 Draft picks are assigned directly to the drafting club’s 25-man roster and must be placed on outright waivers in order to be removed from the 25-man roster in the subsequent season. Should the player clear waivers, he must be offered back to his previous team for $50,000 and can be outrighted to the Minors only if his original club does not wish to reacquire him. A Rule 5 Draft pick can be placed on the Major League injured list, but he must be active for a minimum of 90 days to avoid being subject to the aforementioned roster restrictions in the next campaign.

Clubs may trade a player selected in the Rule 5 Draft, but the same restrictions apply to the player’s new organization. However, a club may also work out a trade with the Rule 5 pick’s original club to acquire his full rights, thereby allowing him to be optioned to the Minors under traditional circumstances.

History of the rule

Prior to the 2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs that selected a player in the Rule 5 Draft were required to pay $50,000 to that player’s previous team. If the player was placed on outright waivers during the subsequent season and went unclaimed, he would be offered back to his previous team for $25,000.

Read a complete history of the Rule 5 Draft here.


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April 21st


Matt Shoemaker – ACL tear

Blue Jay’s Matt Shoemaker is out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL during a rundown in Saturday’s game. Shoemaker has had a plethora of injuries in his career and it really just is too bad. Shoemaker has been a solid starter when on the field, and this year has been no exception; pitching to a 1.57 ERA over his first 5 starts so far this year. 


Aaron Judge – Injury Update

Aaron Judge did hit the IL on Sunday and it was not good news at all. Manager Aaron Boone told reporters that its “pretty significant” injury and that he will be shut down from all baseball activities for two weeks and then will be reevaluated. Judge looked to strain his oblique on a swing during a single in Saturday’s game. 


Austin Meadows – Injury 

Rays Outfielder Meadows has landed on the IL with a strained thumb. Meadows has been on fire this year so far, batting a blistering hot .3571/.422/.676 and is a big cause to the great start for the Rays. It does not look like this would be an extended stay for Austin, but it still is a blow to the Rays’ lineup. The Rays activated Joey Wendle and he looks to be a more than capable replacement while Meadows is gone.


Mike Moustakas – Injury

Infielder Mike Moustakas suffered from a fracture in his right ring finger, but is hoping to play through it and not require an IL stint. He left the game on Saturday, and the X Ray revealed the fracture on Sunday. 


Notes

  • deGrom actually did not end up getting the MRI, his trainers cleared him from that
  • Max Scherzer dodged a foul ball in his dugout on Sunday tweaking his intercostal, an IL stint does not seem to be necessary
  • Oakland’s Matt Olsen is due to be back in the lineup within 2 weeks, GM David Frost said
  • Mets are looking at Gio Gonzalez
  • Dustin Pedroia looks hopeful to be activated from the IL since his knee is feeling much better

PITCH OF THE DAY

104 MPH backdoor SINKER… yes you read that right. a 104 MPH SINKER



Business of Baseball – Release Waivers

Definition

Before a club can formally release a player, that player must first be passed through unconditional release waivers. All 29 other clubs in the Majors have the opportunity to claim the player and add him to their 40-man rosters. A player that is claimed on release waivers has the option of rejecting that claim and instead exploring the free-agent market. Release waivers are often requested after a player’s contract is designated for assignment or in cases when a veteran player would otherwise refuse an outright assignment. Players are rarely claimed off release waivers, as the claiming club is required to pick up the remaining contract. Once the player clears waivers, the releasing club is responsible for the old contract.

Example

In April 2013, the White Sox requested release waivers on left-hander Charlie Leesman, and the Rangers opted to claim Leesman. However, Leesman rejected the claim, elected free agency and quickly re-signed a new Minor League contract with the White Sox.


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Red Sox @ TB Rays 4/21

GET YA BROOMS READY!! SWEEP SWEEP IN EXTRAS


Important Moments

Two innings of a pitchers duel, Price lost the zone a bit allowing two baserunners to start the third. Battling back by striking out the next two but he does allow them to score when he lost the battle to Robertson allowing a double. Getting one of those back in the fourth when MItchy four bags lifted off sending a BULLET into the right field bleachers!

The sixth inning was very interesting as Glasnow got benny out to start the inning, but he allows an 0-2 single to Mookie, and got pulled. Glasnow was only at 76 pitches, as to the interesting move. The Rays brought in Kolareck for one batter who walked Pearce pinch hitting for Pearce, and then JD walked when Chaz Roe came into the game. With the bases juiced, Bogaerts lined a first pitch fastball into right center for 2 RBI and the lead! 3-2 Red Sox! Chavis grounded into a double play to end the threat though.

The Rays did tie up the ball game on a Pham dinger in the eighth which sends this game to extras. Nothing in the tenth but in the eleventh Devers hit a blooper to center field, and Chavis walked which prompted JBJ to drop down (a rather impressive) bunt moving both up a base. Vazquez then hits a ball to deep center for the sac fly scoring the winning run! 

Final Score: 4-3 RED SOX


HIGHS

  • SWEEP getting back to only 5 games back of first place, and 2.5 games back of the Yankees! 
  • Great outing for Price: 5 IP, 10 Ks and only allowed those two runs on the Robertson double
  • After exiting the game early on Saturday with back spasms, Mitch Moreland launched his 7th home run of year last night, clearly feeling better

LOWS

  • Barnes with another homer allowed which forced the need to go to 11 innings for the win

Final Box Scores


Standings

Best thing about baseball is how it’s played nearly everyday! Today’s game is at 7:10 PM ET featuring Chris Sale vs Matthew Boyd who has been hot with a 2.96 ERA! Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

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Red Sox @ TB Rays 4/20

WHAT. A GAME… WOW. JUST WOW.


NEWS

  • BREAKING NEWS: Starter Nathan Eovaldi has been placed on the IL after an MRI showed “loose bodies” in his pitching elbow. Nate told reporters that on Friday morning he could not even straiten his arm. They are looking at either a cortisone shot, or the more likely scenario would be minor surgery. The positive side is that this is apparently a pretty easy procedure. Eovaldi actually underwent this exact surgery last year about this same time. He was out exactly two months, but Nate himself said they took it extremely slow because he was coming off his second Tommy John. He expects to be back sooner than 2 months if all goes all planned. 
  • Mitch Moreland exited the game after two at bats experiences back spasms. They officially have him listed as day to day, but we will definitely keep you updated if an IL stint is needed. 


Important Moments

After two walks and a single to load the bases in the second, Leon comes to the plate and gets HIT by the first pitch to walk in a run! Benny comes to the plate next and CLEARS THEM ALL OFF WITH A GRAND SLAM!!! 5-0 RED SOX! Looking totally like the 2018 Sox of old, what a great sight to see.  

The Rays did hit s few mistake pitches off Porcello, getting a HR and then two triples: making the score 5-2 after four innings! In the bottom of the fifth, Porcello got into a bit of trouble walking one, and then hitting Austin Meadows. The very next pitch he gets the ground ball to Devers for the 5-3 double play! It was a great play by Devers to end the inning. Hembree and Poyner couldn’t get it done, Hembree allowing a triple, and then Poyner came in and walked the first man and both scored after the fourth triple of the game for the Rays. Marcus Walden came in and K’d BOTH men to strand the tying run on third!!!

After a crazy bloop over into righty field allowing Pearce to get to second, JD walks, Bogey then hits a hard liner but in a pretty weird play, the Rays turned two. Check it out below ⬇️ Devers then popped out to end the inning. Two on with none out and the Sox score none. What a waste. 

Barnes entrees the game in the bottom of that same frame, and has been nails so far; but Yandy Diaz takes him team to lead off the inning. Tie game. The Sox come storming back in the top of the ninth though to take the lead off of a JBJ single, a CHAVIS ROCKET DOUBLE FOR HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT and then a sac fly for Benny’s 5th RBI of the game!! 6-5 Sox! 

Bottom of the ninth, Braiser comes on to pitch. He does allow a single to the leadoff batter, he gets a flyout to RF for the first out, then Ks meadows!! Pham is the only man left…  but he singles to put two on. Adames get to 0-1 and… VAZQUEZ BACKPICKS FIRST BASE TO END THE GAME PICKING PHAM OFF!!!!! WHAT A WAY TO END THIS GAME WOW WOW WOW!!!!

Tap or click on that gif to listen to the actual audio of OB and Jerry’s reactions… Priceless…

Final Score: 6-5 RED SOX


HIGHS

  • The Bats came ALIVE  in this game! Bailing out the bullpen again, starting with a 5-0 lead after a BENNY GRAND SLAM!
  • Walden shutting the door on the Rays with the man on third, K’d both men he faced.
  • Michael Chavis had his major league debut in the ninth, tie ball game with a runner on. Tough situation right? Chavis BLASTS a double off one of the Ray’s best relievers to strait away center. OVER Kiermier’s head, one of the best center fielders in the game. It was hit THAT hard. Check it out ⬇️


LOWS

  • Bullpen can’t get the job done. After Porcello leaves the game at 5-2 in the sixth, Hembree and Poyner both blow it leaving the game much worse than they found it.
  • Poyner did not even record an out, and still got tagged for a run. ERA of Infinity ∞
  • Barnes did give up the home run which allowed the game to be tied up in the 8th, he did come back to strike out all three batters after. So its only a half low. His ERA on the season is still only a minuscule 2.16.

Final Box Scores

WHAT A GAME. WHAT A GAME.


Standings

OUT OF THE BASEMENT! ONLY 6 GAMES BACK! Best thing about baseball is how it’s played nearly everyday! Today’s game is at 2:10 PM ET featuring what looks to be a really good pitchers duel in David Price vs Tyler Glasnow who is 4-0 with a 1.18 ERA, wow! Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

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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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