D.J. brought us the initial news on Saturday evening and now the deal has been made official.
The Nationals have agreed to terms with Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on a four-year, $8 million contract, according to Jorge Ebro of the El Nuevo Herald. He will begin his state-side professional career at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, Florida, but he should rise quickly through the club’s farm system.
The 28-year-old right-hander was 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA over six seasons in Cuba and was a star on the Cuban national team in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic. Washington GM Mike Rizzo and Co. will hope that he can develop right alongside Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg and turn the Nationals into a club with quality rotation depth in less than a year.
Major League Baseball announced that the starting time of Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday night has been moved up to 7:08 PM EDT due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain late in the night, ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports.
Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs against the Indians’ Trevor Bauer, assuming his finger injury doesn’t prevent him from doing so.
While an 8 PM start puts the game in a better TV slot, most of the playoff games have been ending around midnight or later. That makes it difficult for kids on the East coast to watch and enjoy the entirety of the games. As we know, baseball has a looming problem in that its viewing audience is getting steadily older. Having playoff games start at 7 PM consistently — or even 6 PM, for that matter — might be good for the future of the game.
The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945, two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. As such, until Tuesday night, the Cubs never had a black player play for them in the World Series.
Dexter Fowler changed that, leading off the ballgame at Progressive Field against the Indians. Fowler was made aware of this fact three days ago by Rany Jazayerli of The Ringer:
Fowler, in that at-bat, went ahead in the count 2-1 but ended up striking out looking on a Corey Kluber sinker.