We have a late “best shape of his life entry”

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Someone’s gonna catch hell for this. The guild does not like it when spring training stories slip into the regular season. It just totally screws up the whole deal:

In Gavin Floyd’s estimation, he ran into trouble before he stepped on the mound last season.

During the day, Floyd would load up on carbohydrates and finish the day with “lots of deserts.”

“Everyone has a sweet tooth,” Floyd said.

Thanks to a more disciplined diet, Floyd dropped 25 pounds in the offseason, which he hopes will translate into pitching deep into the season and not suffer the hip problem he experienced at the end of 2009 because of excess weight.

That’s great and all, but what’s next? Guys “just gettin’ their work in” in July?  Pitchers developing a new pitch in June?  Team chemistry going into the dumper and managers getting fired in March?  There’s a natural order to things, you know? To upset that is to invite chaos.

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”