Nothing too Earth shattering in this article about Travis Hafner. Just your run-of-the-mill “Player X is feeling great and ready to contribute next season” piece. But man, I had forgotten just how bad a deal the Tribe made with this guy:
Though the Indians have young, emerging talent in the likes Shin-Soo
Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt LaPorta, having a veteran power bat in
the middle of the order remains a must.
Especially when you remember the Tribe still owes Hafner $11.5
million in 2010, $13 million in 2011 and $13 million in 2012. And don’t
forget that $2.75 million buyout if his 2013 club option isn’t
Sweet sassy-molassy that’s a lot of money to pay a guy who could hit a few years ago.
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.