Rays’ catcher Dinoer Navarro was left off the postseason roster. That happens. Most guys who get left off the postseason roster either remain with the team or, at the very least, retire to the spring training complex to stay in shape in case they’re needed. Someone may get injured, after all, and you could get activated. The matchups may change in the next round of the playoffs, after all, and you could get activated. Yeah, it stinks not to be on the roster, but most guys suck it up and at least say the right things.
Not Navarro. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times, Navarro has simply split. Gone home. Adios.
I can see how it might be frustrating to go from being the All-Star catcher of the AL champs to non-rostered, option #3 in the space of two years. And given that he made $2.1 million this year and is arbitration eligible, the probability of him being non-tendered was 100%. But really, Navarro. Put on your big boy pants and deal with it. Act like a professional whydontcha?
Welp, it was probably worth the gamble given that the Angels were paying most of his salary. But the Rangers’ gamble on Josh Hamilton failed and now Josh Hamilton is a free agent. The club has given him unconditional release waivers.
Hamilton underwent surgery to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee back in June. During surgery it was discovered that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. This whole season was lost and, while Hamilton has one year remaining on his contract, the Rangers are clearly able to compete without him and could use the roster spot over the small chance that he could be an everyday player again.
Hamilton will earn $30 million next season, $26.41 million of which is being paid for by the Angels. Last year in 182 plate appearances with the Rangers, Hamilton hit .253/.291/.441 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. At age 35, it’s not hard to imagine that his major league career is effectively over.
With the continuing caveat that it is really weird and likely as uncomfortable as hell for all of those involved for this to be playing out so publicly, here is the latest news on the Doc Gooden/Daryl Strawberry/possible cocaine relapse story. From the Daily News:
Dwight (Doc) Gooden is insisting publicly that he doesn’t have a drug problem, yet more and more people want to help him — none more significant than the Yankees, who have reached out to say they’ll pay for any treatment he would consider getting.
That’s admirable of the Yankees, as is their refusal to comment on it further (the Daily News got this info from Strawberry). The Yankees, of course, gave both Strawberry and Gooden second chances in the 1990s when their addiction problems threatened their careers.