Wait, you thought they were moving into a baseball-specific ballpark? Ha! How little you know of commerce today. Marlins team president David Samson:
“We’re prepared to host football games. We’re prepared to host soccer games. We’re prepared to host home shows, boat shows, trade shows, baseball tournaments, college baseball tournaments and concerts. All of these things can happen in all different shapes and sizes, because we’ve got the roof, we’ve got air conditioning. It makes it a very attractive place for events.”
Such is the way of the world now. I’m just happy that baseball is the primary use for these places and that the football games have to be played with weird configurations rather than the other way around, like it was in the 70s and 80s. Oh, and here’s a new twist on naming rights:
“There will be four quadrant partners — we’ve got the red, green, blue and yellow. There will be companies who will name those quadrants, plus a naming rights partner for the whole ballpark.”
Who even thinks about a ballpark in terms of quadrants? And that’s important, right? Because if regular fans don’t acknowledge your designation, what’s the value of the naming rights to begin with?
Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures.
Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals earlier this year.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports, citing a source as well as Nikkan Sports, that reliever Koji Uehara is close to signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Uehara, 41, finished the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. When Uehara returned from the disabled list on September 7, he tossed 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks through the end of the regular season. So there’s at least some evidence, albeit in a very small sample size, that Uehara has stuff left in the tank.
The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals. Uehara would join Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., Justin Grimm, and Mike Montgomery in what is once again a very deep bullpen.