Brian McCann big again with bases loaded

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Brian McCann didn’t start Wednesday’s game against the Astros, but he did finish it, delivering a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to expand Atlanta’s lead from two runs to six runs in the Braves’ 8-2 win.
It was the seventh career slam for McCann, who is one of the best in baseball with the sacks jacked. He’s one of eight active major leaguers to slug at least .700 with the bases loaded (minimum 50 plate appearances):
Jason Kubel – .403/.387/.839, 7 HR, 77 RBI in 62 AB
Albert Pujols – .395/.382/.798, 11 HR, 152 RBI in 114 AB
Travis Hafner – .289/.354/.776, 10 HR, 90 RBI in 76 AB
Alex Rodriguez – .353/.402/.720, 21 HR, 242 RBI in 207 AB
Brian McCann – .360/.389/.709, 7 HR, 97 RBI in 86 AB
Matt Holliday – .386/.418/.705, 4 HR, 93 RBI in 88 AB
Matt Stairs – .345/.401/.703, 12 HR, 162 RBI in 145 AB
Manny Ramirez – .332/.379/.702, 21 HR, 252 RBI in 235 AB
David Ortiz – .359/.374/.697, 9 HR, 163 RBI in 145 AB
Ryan Braun – .354/.365/.688, 3 HR, 49 RBI in 48 AB
Carlos Pena – .326/.426/.686, 7 HR, 107 RBI in 86 AB
OK, so he’s no Jason Kubel. Kubel’s slugging percentage ranks third over the 37 years of data provided by baseballmusings.com. Tops on that list are John Milner (.875 in 48 AB) and Chris Hoiles (.842 in 57 AB).

Report: Christian Yelich’s relationship with Marlins ‘irretrievably broken’

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Joe Longo, the agent of Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, said his client’s relationship with the Marlins is “irretrievably broken,” ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He believes in the best interest of both Yelich and the Marlins to work out a trade before the start of spring training.

Longo said,

They have a plan. I respect that plan, but that plan shouldn’t include Christian at this point in his career. He’s in the middle of the best years of his career, and having him be part of a 100-loss season is not really where [we] want to see him going.

The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken. It’s soured. He’s part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now.

He loves the city of Miami. He loves the fans. He’s had nothing but a good experience in South Florida, and he feels sorry where they ended up. But I think having him report [to spring training] and attempting to include him moving forward is going to be uncomfortable for both sides. I don’t see how it’s going to work.

This certainly comes as no surprise considering the offseason the Marlins have had after installing new ownership, going from Jeffrey Loria to Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. The club traded All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 home runs last season, as well as Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna. As Crasnick notes, Yelich isn’t the only player to express disappointment with the Marlins’ current direction — J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro have as well.

Yelich, 26, signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with the Marlins in March of 2015. Given his career performance, that’s a bargain of a contract, which is why more than a handful of teams have inquired with the Marlins about him this offseason. Yelich finished the past season with a .282/.369/.439 triple-slash line along with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances.