In announcing John Farrell as their new manager yesterday the Blue Jays refused to disclose the length of his contract, which as I noted at the time is both odd and pointless because eventually someone with the team will tell someone with the media and then the attempt at secrecy will seem even weirder.
Turns out, “eventually” meant about six hours.
Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott broke the news last night that Farrell’s deal is for three seasons, which is more or less standard for a new manager.
According to general manager Alex Anthopoulos the Blue Jays wanted to keep the contract length a secret because it “creates unneeded speculation and takes attention away from the team.” Whether that’s true is one thing. Whether they had any shot of actually keeping that information secret is pretty clear: They didn’t.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.