Phils hold Amateur Lasik Night

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Stay classy, Philly:

A laser pointer was the weapon of choice for one Phils fan at Saturday’s game.

A fan at the Cards/Phillies game used a strategically placed laser
pointer to try and distract the St. Louis hitters. In the top of the
seventh inning the fan first used it on Julio Lugo, who eventually
struck out. Then the fan tried to distract Albert Pujols before umpire
Jim Wolf called time and tried to find the fan. Security went to the
section but the culprit was never caught, according to ESPN.

I think the dumbest thing about this is that someone felt that outside assistance was needed to render Julio Lugo ineffective.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.