San Francisco acquired second baseman Freddy Sanchez from Pittsburgh in mid-2009 and then signed him to a two-year, $12 million contract extension despite his playing poorly while missing time with injuries down the stretch.
He bounced back with a productive 2010, albeit while missing another 50 games with injuries, and now the two sides have agreed to tack another year onto his deal.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Sanchez will get $6 million for 2012, which seems fair considering his current $6 million salary and the fact that he basically duplicated his career numbers last year, hitting .292 with a .342 on-base percentage and .397 on-base percentage.
Sanchez has struggled to stay on the field, playing just 222 of a possible 324 games in the past two seasons, and he’ll be 34 years old before the extension kicks in, but it’s tough for a team to get burned too badly on a one-year commitment and he’s been an above-average second baseman in all but one of the past six years.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.
The Red Sox inked Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract back in August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:
“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”
Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.
That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.