Javier Vazquez obviously wants to cleanse the palate after that awful year he had in New York, and to that end he has reportedly been looking for a make-good deal in a pitcher-friendly environment. But apparently he’s taking the definition of “make good” to a bit of an extreme, as ESPN is reporting that he has turned down multi-year offers worth as much as $10 million a year, preferring instead to take a single-year offer.
I have no factual basis to question such a report, but I must ask: really?
What’s the point of a make-good contract if it isn’t to, with a little luck, win yourself a longer or more lucrative contract down the road? Isn’t a two-year $20 million offer pretty good? If he can really get the “good” without the “make” part, why wouldn’t he take it? Just seems odd to me.
All of that said, I’ll grant that I tend to undervalue mid-rotation pitchers this time of year and always find myself a bit surprised at what some of them end up signing for. Maybe Vazquez will do better than $10 million after imploding at $11.5 million last year.
But if he doesn’t, and if he ends up pitching on a one-year, $8 million deal in Florida or something, I do hope someone asks him why he didn’t take the 2/$20MM offer with whatever mystery team is floating it.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has been out since July 24 with a lower back strain. He’s slated to throw a three-inning simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Plunkett adds that if all goes well, the earliest Kershaw could return is August 31 against the Diamondbacks, but September 1 is more likely against the Padres.
Kershaw, 29, hit the disabled list on a pace to win his fourth Cy Young Award. He’s 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers have managed just fine without Kershaw. The club is 19-4 since July 24. At 87-35, the Dodgers own baseball’s best record, well ahead of the second-best Astros at 76-48.
Last week, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from a game against the Rangers after giving home plate umpire Angel Hernandez a look after a pitch was thrown outside for a ball. Kinsler was apparently unhappy with calls Hernandez had made earlier. Manager Brad Ausmus, too, was ejected.
After the game, Kinsler said that Hernandez “needs to find another job.” He added, “…he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”
Kinsler was fined by Major League Baseball for his remarks, Mlive’s Evan Woodbery reports. According to Ausmus, the fine levied on Kinsler was the largest one he’s seen in nearly 25 years in baseball. Kinsler said, “I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, then that’s their problem.” Ausmus said, “To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for.”
As Ashley noted on Saturday, the umpires wore white wristbands to protest “escalating attacks on umpires.” The umpires agreed to drop their protest on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with the umpire union’s governing board, Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reports.