Troy Tulowitzki isn’t one for (a) modern hairstyles; or (b) cliches about how the team tied its hardest but just fell short. He’s quite out front, in fact, in saying that he’s not happy with some of his teammates:
are definitely some guys in this room that are at points in their
career where it’s make-or-break time. Either they establish themselves
at this level, or they aren’t going to be here. Those guys need to realize that. This offseason is huge. The
offseason is no more enjoy yourself and going on as many vacations as
you possibly can, then go to spring training and get ready. That’s a
valuable lesson that I think a lot of people learned this year. Not
everybody did that, and the guys that did that, it
He didn’t say who took too many vacations, but I figure he’s excluding himself and Carlos Gonzalez because they hit well, Todd Helton because he’s old and done but presumably still makes and effort and the pitching staff because their problems were fatigue and injury, not lollygagging.
That basically leaves all of the position players on Tulowitzki’s watch list. Careful guys: make sure you keep mum about all of those great vacations you’re going to take this winter.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will opt out of his contract shortly after the World Series concludes. Cespedes, who earned $17.5 million for the 2016 season, has two years and $47.5 million remaining on his deal which includes an opt-out clause.
That Cespedes plans to opt out isn’t surprising as he’s almost certain to get a better contract entering a weak free agent market. He hit a terrific .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 543 plate appearances for the Mets this past season.
It remains to be seen how the Mets will deal with potentially losing Cespedes. They can pick up a $13 million club option for Jay Bruce, but he performed terribly after joining the Mets in a trade from the Reds. The Mets could also go after free agents Jose Bautista or Mark Trumbo. Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto will handle the other two outfield positions.
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that former Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant won the 2016 Hank Aaron Award in their respective leagues.
Ortiz, 40, flourished in his final season, batting .315/.401/.620 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI in 626 plate appearances during the regular season. His .620 slugging percentage, 1.021 OPS, and 48 doubles led the majors while his 127 RBI led the American League. Ortiz also won the Hank Aaron Award back in 2005.
Bryant, 24, is the likely winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award as well. He hit .292/.385/.554 with 39 home runs and 102 RBI over 699 plate appearances. He also led the league by scoring 121 runs. Bryant is the first Cub to win the Hank Aaron Award since Aramis Ramirez in 2008.
Last year’s winners in the AL and NL, respectively, were Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper.