The Angels had no problem taking on Vernon Wells’ $81 million deal, but dadgummit they fought Jered Weaver over less than $1.5 million. In arbitration, that is. An arbitration that was held yesterday. Which the Angels have won, reports MLBTR.
Weaver wanted $8.8 million. The Angels offered him $7.365 million, which seems at least two places past the decimal point too specific, but who cares?
Weaver is 28 and he’s the clear ace of the Angels’ staff. He had a 3.01 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 34 starts last season, with 233 strikeouts and only 54 walks in 224.1 innings. He also only went eight innings or longer in only three games, which means that if he played for the Twins they’d be looking to trade him for Michael Young or something. At least that’s what the Star Tribune tells me.
The Royals are a game and a half out of the crazy AL Wild Card race — six games back of the Indians in the division — so they don’t have a huge margin for error. They got some bad news last night, though, that could have a major impact on their playoff hopes: closer Kelvin Herrera experienced tightness in his right forearm in the ninth inning of last night’s win, forcing him out of the game.
Herrera walked the bases loaded, then went to a 2-0 count on the next batter before leaving the game. That last pitch was a fastball that clocked in at 91 m.p.h., which is NOT a typical Kelvin Herrera fastball. Herrera didn’t talk after the game but his teammate Sal Perez said that Herrera told him “I’m tight. I don’t feel my forearm.”
Reporters left the clubhouse before an official diagnosis or prognosis could be delivered, so expect an update some time today. If Herrera is out the closer duties could fall to Scott Alexander or Brandon Maurer.
Albert Pujols had a big night last night, driving in four runs as the Angels beat the Rangers 10-1. Three of those runs came on a three-run homer. That was the 610th home run of Pujols’ career, snapping a tie for eighth on the all-time list with Sammy Sosa. It also made him baseball’s all-time leader for home runs by a player born outside the U.S.
Pujols was aware of the accomplishment, of course, and noted how honored he was after the game:
”It’s pretty special. Obviously, all the great players from the Dominican Republic, Latin America, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, they’ve gone through the big leagues and to be able to accomplish something like this is very humbling.”
After Sosa, who is from the Dominican Republic, comes Rafael Palmeiro (569); Manny Ramirez (555); David Ortiz (541); Carlos Delgado (473); Jose Canseco (462); Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera (459).