Things got a bit testy between Jim Edmonds and Tony La Russa when Edmonds wore a Cubs uniform. Base on his appearance at La Russa’s animal rescue benefit yesterday, it seems as though at least Edmonds is willing to put those few months in a Cubs uniform behind him:
Upon arriving to the stage as fans cheered, the 39-year-old Edmonds
took the microphone from La Russa and told him he would play for free
in 2010 if the Cardinals would have him.
later recanted and said he would play for the minimum salary of
$400,000. But he did seem sincere about his desire to return to
baseball after not playing since the 2008 season, and the Cardinals
would seem to be a fit for him given their inexperience and youth on
Edmonds said he was “challenging” La Russa to give him
a shot. Kiddingly, La Russa told fans he wished he would have skipped
Edmonds’ appearance on stage.
Between this and McGwire, I guess it’s prodigal son week in St. Louis. Who’s next? Joaquin Andujar?
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.