UPDATE: Nevermind. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Rod Barajas will receive $3.25 million. This changes everything.
8:49 PM: And you thought the Juan Uribe contract was silly.
That’s right. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Dodgers have signed Rod Barajas to a one-year, $3.8 million contract.
Yes, that Rod Barajas. The one with a .284 career on-base percentage. The one who couldn’t find a guaranteed major league contract until right before spring training. The one who the Mets gave up on in August.
Ned Colletti was obviously convinced by what he saw down the stretch, as Barajas batted .297/.361/.578 with five home runs, 13 RBI and a 939 OPS over 72 plate appearances as a member of the Dodgers. The thing is, we have 3,083 career plate appearances as evidence that he simply isn’t worthy of a contract like this.
It was inevitable that someone would report on what, specifically, was going on with CC Sabathia in the run up to his decision to go into rehab yesterday. And today we have that story, at least in the broad strokes, from the New York Post.
Speaking to an anonymous source close to Sabathia, the Post reports that the Yankees’ starter more or less went on a bender from Thursday into Friday and continued on to Saturday, which resulted in his Sunday afternoon phone call to Brian Cashman in which he said he needed help.
Notable detail: Sabathia is referred to as “not a big drinker” in the story. Which is something worth thinking about when you think of others who have trouble with alcohol. It’s not always about massive or constant consumption. It’s about the person’s relationship with substances that is the real problem. Many who drink a good deal are totally fine. Many who don’t drink much do so in problematic ways and patterns. For this reason, and many others, it’s useful to avoid engaging in cliches and stereotypes of addicts.
First the Marlins demoted promising 24-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A in July, then they kept him there far longer than warranted because of presumed service time considerations, and now they may be looking to trade him.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria “is down on him and will consider trading him” despite several members of the front office wanting to keep Ozuna because … well, he has a lot of long-term upside.
Ozuna described being stuck at Triple-A as “like a jail” before finally being promoted back to the majors after hitting .317 with a .937 OPS in 33 games for New Orleans. His plate discipline needs work, but Ozuna has 25-homer power and the range to play center field. If the Marlins make him available via trade a bunch of teams will be calling.