Colon no longer AWOL, still mourning Jackson's death

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Bartolo Colon made headlines and made himself the butt of jokes
earlier this week after the portly right-hander somehow went missing
while rehabbing his injured knee at Triple-A. Colon finally resurfaced
Wednesday and tossed five innings of one-run ball last night, but not before Ozzie Guillen offered up his theory on what happened:

I worry about Colon because Colon was a big-time Michael Jackson
fan. He might [watch] the TV and cry all day long. Maybe he is in Los
Angeles at his funeral, because I can’t find him. When he gets to
Charlotte, Oney [Guillen’s son] will call me to say he’s there. Nobody
knows how big of a Jackson fan Colon was. I’m serious. He might be
depressed a little bit.

Since reading that quote I haven’t been able to shake the disturbing
image of Colon wearing nothing but one white glove while doing the
moonwalk back and forth in a Charlotte motel as “Billie Jean” plays in
the background. And now you can try to to scrub that thought from your
brain too. Good luck!

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”