Joel Sherman supplies us with some more details regarding the Francisco Rodriguez trade to Milwaukee. He says that the Mets have sent $5 million to the Brewers.
Which makes total sense, of course. It basically gives the Brewers the money to pay K-Rod’s salary for the rest of the year, though they still have to pay his $3.5 million buyout. For the Mets, paying any amount short of around $8.5 million means that they’ve saved money this year (salary plus the buyout), and of course, eliminating even the possibility of Rodriguez’s gigantic option from vesting next year is a plus.
In other news, one of ESPN’s Twitter feeds said this this morning:
Hmm: you have a great closer already, and even if, for some reason, you decide to replace him with a worse one, it’s gonna cost you, like, $14.5 million. Wait! Don’t make me answer yet! I’m still thinking!
Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day, April 3 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It will be Chacin’s second Opening Day start, the other coming in 2013 with the Rockies against the Brewers. He’ll be the fifth different Padres pitcher in as many years to start on Opening Day.
Chacin, 29, inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Padres in December. The right-hander spent the 2016 season with the Braves and Angels, compiling an aggregate 4.81 ERA with a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings.
Lin notes that Chacin will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. It will be an interesting rotation, to say the least, as it will arguably be the worst in baseball.
Matt Boyd has earned the No. 5 spot in the Tigers’ starting rotation, which means veteran Anibal Sanchez will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reported on Wednesday.
Boyd, 26, pitched well this spring, compiling a 2.49 ERA with a 21/0 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings. The lefty’s numbers in the majors last year weren’t nearly as good.
Sanchez, 33, is coming off of the worst season of his career and overall didn’t have a great spring, putting up a 5.03 ERA with a 20/4 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. He came on strong at the end, however, tossing 14 consecutive scoreless innings. Manager Brad Ausmus didn’t rule out the possibility of Sanchez returning to the rotation at some point.