Most of us scoffed when the Mets signed Kelvim Escobar to a guaranteed major league contract last winter. He was limited in the early part of spring training and eventually needed season-ending surgery in May to repair a capsule tear in the front of his right shoulder.
Now he’s attempting another comeback as a relief pitcher.
According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Escobar hopes to throw for teams in March, while his agent Peter Greenberg said that the veteran right-hander “is doing very well.”
Escobar, who turns 35 in April, has made just one major league appearance over the last three seasons due to multiple shoulder surgeries. No idea if he has anything left, but this is what minor league contracts are made for.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.