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 Arizona Diamondbacks just announced that they are parting ways with Tony La Russa at the end of the month.
La Russa served as the club’s “Chief Baseball Officer” from 2015-16. For the last year he was styled “Chief Baseball Analyst.” That’s a nice way to saying that he was pushed aside when the club fired his hand-picked general manager Dave Stewart and brought in Mike Hazen to run the club a year ago. La Russa was stripped of his powers, but was told he could hang around as an advisor. Most didn’t think he’d actually take the club up on that offer, but he did. By all accounts he was a pretty unobtrusive presence around the team this year, offering counsel and insight when asked but not making things awkward the way having the old boss around might do.
I suppose that can only last so long, however. The Dbacks had considerably more success without La Russa in charge in 2017 than they had with him in charge the previous couple of years. At some point you just part ways. That point is now.