Brewers cut ties with disappointing reliever David Riske

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From the Brewers’ official Twitter feed comes word that the organization has released right-handed reliever David Riske.

The 33-year-old Riske opened the 2010 season on the disabled list due to Tommy John surgery and has posted an ugly 5.01 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 23-plus innings since his June activation. 

Maybe teams will take a hint from this situation and realize that it’s rarely wise to lock up middle relievers to long-term contracts.

Riske signed a big three-year, $13 million deal with Milwaukee back in December of 2007 after compiling a 2.45 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 65 relief appearances for the ’07 Royals.  That deal fell flat immediately when the right-hander allowed 47 hits and 25 earned runs in 42.1 innings for the Brewers in 2008.  Soon after that season he underwent reconstructive surgery on his elbow.  And now he’s without a job.

Hideki Matsui thinks Shohei Otani should pitch and hit in MLB

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Yankees’ special advisor and former outfielder Hideki Matsui expects to help the club “convince or recruit” Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, according to a report from MLB.com’s Deesha Thosar. The Yankees are currently viewed as the favorites to sign Otani, though there still figures to be plenty of competition for his services when he finally becomes eligible to enter Major League Baseball.

Matsui also told Thosar that while he hasn’t seen a player find success as a hybrid pitcher/slugger in the majors, he’s taken notice of Otani’s success in both areas. “He’s done well in Japan, so as a baseball fan I’m looking forward to how he’s going to do here in the Majors and in the U.S.,” Matsui said, later adding, “If [pitching and hitting is] something he wants to do, and the team wants it, then why not?”

Neither the Yankees nor any other suitor should be too concerned with Otani’s ability to translate his .332 batting average and 3.20 ERA to MLB — at least, not just yet. There are still a few roadblocks in his path to the major leagues, most notably the lack of approval from the Players Association. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the union doesn’t want to sign off on an agreement that would give the Nippon Ham Fighters a $20 million posting fee in exchange for Otani’s services. According to the posting system rules, Otani himself would be eligible to receive no more than a $4 million signing bonus.

The good news in all of this? The union agreed to reach a final decision by Monday, November 21, so there’s still a chance Major League Baseball will see the talented two-way player bring his unique skillset to the field in 2018.