Blue Jays ink John Buck to one-year deal

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John Buck headshot.jpgThe Blue Jays have signed catcher John Buck to a one-year, $2 million contract, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Buck was non-tendered by the Royals on Saturday.



The 29-year-old backstop batted .247/.299/.484 with eight home runs and
36 RBI in 186 at-bats in ’09, throwing out 16% of would-be
basestealers. He has a .235/.299/.484 career slashline in parts of six
major league seasons.




Blue Jays general manager Alex
Anthopoulos non-tendered catcher Raul Chavez on Saturday, as well,
leaving Toronto without any catchers on their 40-man roster. Buck will
serve as an adequate one-year stopgap for top prospect J.P. Arencibia.




Royals general manager Dayton Moore
didn’t want to dish it the nearly $3 million it would have taken to
keep Buck, but that doesn’t make the two-year, $6 million contract for
Jason Kendall any more reasonable.

Enrique Hernandez’s performance one for the record books

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Entering Thursday’s NLCS Game 5, Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez had never hit a home run nor even driven in a run in the playoffs in his four-year career. He had homered twice in a regular season game just twice and his career-high for RBI in a game was four.

Hernandez hit three home runs and knocked in seven runs to help power the Dodgers past the Cubs 11-1 to win the National League pennant and punch their ticket to the World Series. His first homer was a solo homer to center field in the second inning off of starter Jose Quintana. He blasted a grand slam to right field off of Hector Rondon in the fourth, then tacked on a two-run blast in the ninth inning off of Mike Montgomery to make it 11-1.

Hernandez is the 10th player to hit three home runs in a postseason game. Jose Altuve, of course, did it two weeks ago in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Red Sox. Before Altuve, Pablo Sandoval (2012), Albert Pujols (2011), and Adrian Beltre (2011) were the last players to accomplish the feat. As Jayson Stark points out, Hernandez joins Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Adam Kennedy, and Beltre as players to hit three homers in a series clincher.

Hernandez’s seven RBI set a new National League record for a postseason game. Only four other players — Troy O’Leary, John Valentin, Mo Vaughn, and Edgar Martinez — accomplished the feat.

No one has hit three home runs and knocked in seven-plus in a game… until Hernandez. He certainly picked a good time to break out.