Last May Dave Roberts announced that he had lymphoma. At the time he said it was caught early and was eminently treatable. Good news: Roberts was right, he’s in remission and has returned to coaching the Padres:
Roberts is already hard at work in his new gig as San Diego Padres first-base coach less than a year after learning he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 37. He is now in the clear following his cancer scare and months of treatment, eager for a fresh challenge after a 10-year big league career that ended in 2008 with the San Francisco Giants.
Roberts has been showing up at Petco Park over the past month to instruct a few players on baserunning skills, well ahead of the start of spring training in two weeks.
Great news. The kind of thing that can even make Yankees fans appreciate the little miracles in life. No?
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.