Aroldis Chapman showed he was human yesterday, allowing three hits and a run while recording just one out. He also let both runners he inherited from Bill Bray to score. Of course, two of the hits were infield singles and the run was unearned, so maybe “human-like” is the more fitting description.
He threw 16 pitches, with nine of them clocking in at triple-digits. Chapman topped out at 103 miles per hour with a fastball to Troy Tulowitzki, who gave the following review to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com afterward:
Yeah, he’s pretty good. But at the same time, if you asked the other side, I don’t know if you’d be happy with his outing with a passed ball and letting some guys on base. But he’s good. The arm’s unbelievable. I don’t think he’s all the way polished yet, though.
Obviously the Rockies will take runs off Chapman however they can get them, but I’m still waiting to see someone connect for an extra-base hit off him.
Rangers reliever Jake Diekman will have surgery on January 25 to help alleviate ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. As a result, the lefty will miss at least half of the 2017 regular season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Diekman was diagnosed with the illness when he was 11 years old. He has brought awareness to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America with a “Gut It Out” campaign.
Diekman, who turns 30 years old on Saturday, finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.40 ERA and a 59/26 K/BB ratio in 53 innings. He came to the Rangers from the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade on July 31, 2015.
The Rangers and Diekman avoided arbitration last Friday, agreeing to a $2.55 million salary for the 2017 season.
It’s been on the verge of happening for a few days now, but now it’s official: the Toronto Blue Jays and Jose Bautista have reached a one-year deal with a mutual option. The deal is pending physical. An announcement making the deal official is expected later in week.
The exact financial figures have not been disclosed, but Jon Heyman reports that it will be in excess of the $17.2 million Bautista turned down when he turned down the Jays’ qualifying offer.
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.