Jon Heyman ads a smidgen more to Buster’s earlier tweet:
“[The Cardinals] offered holliday
at least 6 years and $100-million-plus at some point. but he didnt
accept and is still talking to multiple teams“
That particular wording doesn’t necessarily clarify anything. “[A]t least
6 years” could still mean that it was $100 million over, say, eight
years with option years as a part of that. “he didn’t accept” doesn’t
mean that he rejected it, and “is still talking to multiple teams”
doesn’t mean that they’re seriously talking back to him. Despite what appears to be an attempt by someone to show otherwise, there’s nothing here that suggests anything new in the Cardinals-Holliday relationship.
Indeed, the events of today — from the baloney Ringolsby report about the Orioles offer
to this slow leak of an offer from the Cardinals that seems geared to
sound higher than it really is smacks of Boras trying to talk up
Holliday’s market and create some energy where not much exists. I
suspect that there’s panic on the streets of Newport Beach after the
Bay deal and the Yankees’ firm statement that they’re not interested. Holliday and Boras know that there’s not much else
out there besides the Cardinals offer and they’re trying to drum something up.
If there really are “other teams,” as first Ringolsby and now Heyman report, I’d love for someone to name one
without having it denied ten minutes later. Until then, I’m going to
believe that this is just a lot of smoke, and it’s the result of Boras
rubbing sticks together, not any heat emanating from any real pursuit
of Matt Holliday.
Who says no-hitters can’t be just as fun when they happen during spring training?
Angels’ right-hander Bud Norris delivered two perfect innings on Friday night, paving the way for an eight-pitcher no-hitter against the Mariners at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Jose Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian, Andrew Bailey, Austin Adams, Drew Gagnon and Justin Anderson each filed a hitless inning of their own, leaving right-hander Abel De Los Santos to close out the ninth inning with just three pitches — and three game-saving plays by the defense.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Angels were facing a bevy of Mariners’ backups, rather than their starting lineup. In fact, Seattle’s lineup featured just two starting players — outfielder Leonys Martin and shortstop Jean Segura — while the majority of their everyday position players took on the Royals in a 4-3 win elsewhere in the Cactus League. The Mariners managed to reach base twice, first on catcher interference in the fourth inning, then on a four-pitch walk in the sixth, spoiling the Angels’ chances of turning their combined no-hitter into a combined perfect game.
Still, whether it’s executed in spring training or the regular season, against an All-Star lineup or one comprised of minor leaguers, a no-hitter is a no-hitter. The team’s eight-pitcher effort marked the first spring training no-no the Angels had completed since 1996, when they took on the Giants in a 15-0 showdown. Unfortunately for the 1996 squad, their regular season ended with a 70-91 record, good for last place in the AL West. Perhaps this no-hitter will prove a better omen for the coming season.
Rangers’ bullpen candidate Tanner Scheppers left Friday’s Cactus League game with pain in his “lower half,” according to reports by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The specifics of the right-hander’s injury have yet to be determined, but he was accompanied by the athletic trainer when he exited the game and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.
Scheppers, 30, has a long history of elbow and knee injuries. He missed all but 8 2/3 innings of the 2016 season after undergoing a procedure to repair torn articular cartilage in his left knee. While he appeared healthy enough through his first seven appearances this spring, he failed to impress with three runs, five walks and six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings with the club.
Should Scheppers find himself on the disabled list for another lengthy stay, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan speculates that his absence could clear some room in the bullpen for Rule 5 draft pick and fellow righty Mike Hauschild. Hauschild, 27, has dealt seven runs, five walks and 15 strikeouts through 17 1/3 innings in camp.