Jon Paul Morosi is a former Tigers beat guy, and he’s been hounding his Detroit sources these past few days. The verdict? Nothing. Nada. Bupkis. Which is something of a shock, given that the Tigers allegedly gave our favorite unemployed left fielder a two-year, $14 million offer.
You’d think he would have jumped all over that by now, now? I mean, it’s leaps and bounds better than anything the Braves, Rays or White Sox are offering, if indeed any of them have offered him anything at all. An offer that certainly represents the best thing he’ll see this winter and — since it matches the last best offer he got from the Yankees — allows him and his agent to save serious face.
Unless of course Buster Olney’s report from last weekend that the two year offer was full of quasi-baloney, floated by Mike Ilitch with the understanding that Damon would eventually only accept a one-year deal with the club was accurate.
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.