“[Koufax] told me one time that if he had my changeup back when he pitched, nobody would ever be able to hit him.”
— Johan Santana, offering into evidence a statement, other than one made by the declarant, to prove the truth of the matter
asserted. But just because something is hearsay doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Indeed, if Sandy Koufax had Johan Santana’s changeup back in the 60s the Cold War would have ended twenty five years earlier than it did.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.
Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.
Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?