Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported Thursday evening that free agent catcher Miguel Olivo is likely going to score a two-year, $7.5 million deal at some point in the near future. Renck’s source must have been on the contract side of the negotiations because he wasn’t able to identify which team was behind that proposal.
We might have the answer now.
According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Mariners have a multi-year offer on the table for the 32-year-old Olivo. Might it be of the two-year, $7.5 million variety?
Olivo turned in a pedestrian .269/.315/.449 overall batting line in 2010, but he had a .325 batting average, 11 home runs and 42 RBI before the All-Star break and Seattle will hope that he can keep that pace throughout an entire season.
Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times says that two sides — the M’s and Olivo — are still talking, and that a deal probably won’t be reached by the end of this week’s Winter Meetings.
UPDATE: Now the Tacoma News Tribune’s Ryan Divish is reporting that the Mariners have not made an offer. They do sound interested, but this deal may take a little longer than expected to materialize.
A woman from Camden County in New Jersey has filed suit against the Milwaukee Brewers after being struck by a foul ball during batting practice two years ago at Miller Park, Jeff Goldman of NJ.com reports. According to her lawsuit, she suffered an orbital fracture to her left eye socket, nerve and iris damage, and a concussion.
The woman, Dana Morelli, was in the second row behind third base along with her fiancee and his son when she was struck by the foul ball. She had to remain in a dark room in Milwaukee before being able to safely travel home. (Sensitivity to light is a common symptom of a concussion.)
Fan safety has become a hot button topic recently. This past December, Major League Baseball issued safety recommendations but ultimately left it up to each ballpark to decide by how much to extend the netting.
Earlier this month, Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis fouled off a pitch that struck a fan. After the game, he clamored for the Phillies to increase protective netting at Citizens Bank Park to extend to the seats behind the dugout, where the fan was hit. Another fan was hit the next day and Galvis threw up his hands in frustration. While fans and owners seem to mostly be against netting, the players seem to be for it.
The Cardinals have placed starter Mike Leake on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22, with shingles. Which: ugh. Anyone I’ve ever known who has had it wouldn’t wish it on their worst enemy.
Leake was diagnosed with the virus last week and had to be scratched from his scheduled start Saturday versus the Athletics. There is no timetable for Leake’s return. Leake is 9-9 with a 4.56 ERA in 25 starts for the Cardinals. Poor dude.