According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Evan Longoria said he will not return to the lineup until the playoffs begin on Wednesday.
Longoria did his best to talk his way back into the lineup, but ultimately decided to play if safe after working out in front of Rays manager Joe Maddon and other coaches. The Tampa Bay third baseman has missed the last eight games due to a strained left quadriceps.
According to Topkin, Longoria has no doubts that he will be ready once the playoffs begin.
“Not at all,” he said. “I’ll be playing Wednesday without a
doubt. That’s the whole point of why I’m not playing now. Healthwise, if
I had to put a percentage on right now I’d probably say I was 80
percent. The goal is to be 100 percent come Wednesday.”
As for the long layoff, Longoria is expected to take some cuts against some Rays’ pitchers, possibly on Monday or Tuesday.
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.
The Padres have signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
As recently as the middle of the 2015 season it looked like Cahill’s career would meet a premature end, but after being released by the Braves and signing with the Cubs in August of that season he has been a remarkably effective reliever. He has posted a 2.61 ERA in 61 games in Chicago and has posted a strikeout rate far above his career norms.
He’s not someone you necessarily want taking the hill when the leverage is high, but in San Diego the leverage won’t be all that high all that often.