Carl Crawford, yesterday:
Crawford said today that he would be open to a long-term deal with
the Rays this winter and said he “would like to be a part of” the Rays’
future. He noted that that wasn’t the case before last season, but he has
confidence that the organization remains headed in the right direction
and won’t regress to its old ways.
“I hope we can get something done,” he said.
Rays boss Andrew Friedman, last night:
“We are very pleased to hear C.C.’s comments. Consistent with our policy, we do not
speak publicly about contract negotiations but obviously we have a
tremendous amount of respect for Carl both on and off the field. He
has been a big part of our past success and I expect he will be a big
part of our future success as well.”
OK, so they don’t comment about contract negotiations, but I think that speaks loud and clear all the same. Crawford has a $10 million option for next year. The Rays will almost certainly pick that up. From what it sounds like, however, they’re almost certainly going to add some years on that for their speedy left fielder as well.
Today’s play of the day wasn’t made by a professional athlete. Rather, it was made by a fan in the second deck on the first base side at Miller Park during Thursday afternoon’s game between the Diamondbacks and Brewers.
Phil Gosselin fouled off a 1-1 fastball from Will Smith to the right side. A fan wearing purple — perhaps in support of the D-Backs? — leaned over the railing of the second deck and snagged the ball with her bucket hat.
The Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 6-4. They took three games out of the four-game series. Heading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, they’ll host the Pirates for three games.
The Royals announced on Thursday evening that reliever Luke Hochevar has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 25) as he’s showing signs of thoracic outlet syndrome, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Reliever Brooks Pounders has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
Thoracic outlet syndrome, simply put, is the compression of blood vessels and nerves between the neck and the shoulder. As we’ve seen lately, the fix for this often involves surgery to remove the pitcher’s upper rib.
Hochevar, 32, has compiled a 3.86 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who can become a free agent after the season if either he or the Royals decline his 2017 option, was a potential trade candidate recently mentioned by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.