Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Mike Lowell was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in one of his ribs after undergoing an MRI and CT scan Friday.
“I’m medically cleared to play and as long as it doesn’t bother me it
should be fine,” said Lowell, who was in the lineup for the first game
of Saturday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. “There’s really
nothing to do. I feel fine. I feel like I’m swing the bat pretty well
lately. I think I feel it more when I go through my tee routine and I
get a number of swings in. That’s when I feel it. Overall I think it’s
Lowell suffered the fractured when he collided with John McDonald of the Blue Jays during a play at first base on August 20. The good news is that this doesn’t sound like a Jacoby Ellsbury or Jeremy Hermida situation, but it’s about time to wonder if the Red Sox just aren’t drinking enough milk this season.
The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.
Saunders was an All-Star in 2016 due to his wonderful start, but he cratered in the second half of the season. Overall is numbers looked good — he hit 24 homers and posted a line of .253/.338/.478, but his second half line was .178/.282/.357 in 58 games. He’s not the best defender around either.
The Phillies could use him, however, and if he has another red hot first half, there’s a decent chance they could flip him if they wanted to.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.