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.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!