At least he’s not thrilled with setting up for him for any longer than he has to. That’s based on this report that the Wagner-to-the-Sox deal is being held up by Wagner, who won’t waive his no-trade clause unless the Sox agree not to pick up his 2010 option because he doesn’t want to forego potential closing jobs this winter:
According to the report, the agent said the two sticking points
involved Wagner’s requests that the Red Sox not pick up his 2010 option
or offer him arbitration so that he can find another team where he
wouldn’t be a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon.
The option is for $8 million, which is pretty rich for a guy in Wagner’s position, so I’m having trouble seeing the Sox actually picking that up. I wonder if he’s simply not trying to renegotiate the terms of the 2010 buyout, which is now $1 million.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.