I’m wondering how long it will be before a player suffers a detached
retina or is placed on the disabled list with temporary blindness after
getting smacked with a shaving-cream pie during a postgame TV
— Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times, channeling your mother and wringing his hands over post-game celebrations that kill 1,615 baseball players Ever. Single. Year.
(link via IIATMS)
The Cubs announced on Tuesday evening that the club signed pitcher Drew Smyly to a two-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the contract is for $10 million total and allows Smyly to earn another $7 million with performance bonuses. Smyly was non-tendered by the Mariners at the beginning of the month and became a free agent.
Smyly, 28, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June. He’s expected to miss, at minimum, the first half of the 2018 season. The Cubs are hoping he can contribute to a playoff push in the latter half of the season as well as in 2019.
Smyly didn’t pitch at all in 2017. When he was healthy the season prior, he made 30 starts for the Rays and put up a 4.88 ERA and a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.