R.A. Dickey is writing a memoir that’s scheduled to be published next year and the knuckleballer spoke to David Waldstein of the New York Times about the book, describing it as a combination of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton, the latter of which is my favorite book of all time (baseball or otherwise).
Dickey told Waldstein that instead of “throwing everyone under the bus” the way Bouton did in sharing what was back then the unheard of inside details of ballplayers’ lives he’ll be “throwing myself under the bus” with stories “dating way back to childhood and leading all the way up to this year.”
Dickey went from former first-round pick to minor-league veteran with a 5.43 ERA in various big-league stints, but grabbed a spot in the Mets’ rotation at age 35 and ranked seventh among NL pitchers in ERA, turning the career-year into a $7.5 million contract extension last month.
Waldstein notes that Dickey was an English literature major at the University of Tennessee and has been keeping a journal for the past five years, which he’ll add to “stories of his difficult childhood, his parents’ divorce and his mother’s battle with alcoholism, and how he had to live with friends during his later high school years.”
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Monday that the Angels have received inquiries from multiple teams concerning starter Hector Santiago. He adds that the club is willing to listen to offers. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have inquired.
Santiago, 28, has pitched to a 4.32 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 47 walks in 110 1/3 innings. Sabermetric statistics such as FIP, xFIP, and SIERA think the lefty has pitched even worse than his ERA indicates however, pitting 2016 as his worst performance to date.
Santiago is earning $5 million this season and will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility going into 2017.
We also learned earlier that, in an effort to bolster their starting rotation, the Marlins have also shown interest in Wade Miley of the Mariners and Jeremy Hellickson of the Phillies.
The Rangers placed DH Prince Fielder on the disabled list last week due to more neck discomfort. On Friday, Fielder met with Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed spinal fusion surgery on Fielder in 2014 for a herniated disk in his neck. Dossett has recommended another procedure, so Fielder will undergo season-ending surgery this week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reports.
Fielder was having a rough season, batting .212/.292/.334 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 370 plate appearances. He played in only 42 games in 2014, but returned in 2015 looking more like his old self. Unfortunately, neck and back issues are notoriously difficult to fix. Hopefully, this upcoming procedure does the trick for Fielder.
Fielder is owed $24 million per season through 2020, with the Tigers paying $6 million of it per season.