Mets beat writer is a man of his word: wears a Speedo to spring training

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Back during the Winter Meetings New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino wrote the following:

Here’s some of what we’ve been able to gather during the first day here in Florida. Lots of information swirling around the Twitter, some of it questionable. For example, if the Phillies sign Cliff Lee, I’ll cover spring training in a Speedo.

Based on this picture, I think we must conclude that today he fulfilled his promise.

But yes, I agree that even if that is technical compliance, it is a half-hearted effort.  Next time someone says something like that, let’s all be sure we collectively nail down the terms beforehand.  Because when a beat writer says he’s gonna wear a Speedo, we should expect a little skin.

Wait. These are beat writers we’re talking about.  And most of them aren’t in good shape like Martino is.  Let’s just forget I said that, OK?  And if you need me, I’ll be huddled over in the corner, rocking back and forth and trying to make the bad thoughts go away.

Cubs sign Drew Smyly to a two-year, $10 million contract

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday evening that the club signed pitcher Drew Smyly to a two-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the contract is for $10 million total and allows Smyly to earn another $7 million with performance bonuses. Smyly was non-tendered by the Mariners at the beginning of the month and became a free agent.

Smyly, 28, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June. He’s expected to miss, at minimum, the first half of the 2018 season. The Cubs are hoping he can contribute to a playoff push in the latter half of the season as well as in 2019.

Smyly didn’t pitch at all in 2017. When he was healthy the season prior, he made 30 starts for the Rays and put up a 4.88 ERA and a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.