According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and catcher-first baseman Carlos Santana had to be separated in the Indians dugout during the first inning of this evening’s game against the Tigers.
It’s not exactly clear what spawned the argument, but Santana has struggled handling throws at first base this season and it’s possible that Cabrera was aiming to give the youngster some sort of wake up call.
Santana dropped a toss from Cabrera on Wednesday night, leading to three unearned runs, and also failed to reel in a throw from third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the top of the first inning tonight. That mistake also led to an unearned run.
Fausto Carmona ended the yelling match by getting in between Santana and Cabrera, and Indians manager Manny Acta was later spotted having words with both of them. We’re not expecting further fallout.
In fact, Santana launched his 18th home run of the season in the second inning. Water under the bridge.
Joe Longo, the agent of Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, said his client’s relationship with the Marlins is “irretrievably broken,” ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He believes in the best interest of both Yelich and the Marlins to work out a trade before the start of spring training.
They have a plan. I respect that plan, but that plan shouldn’t include Christian at this point in his career. He’s in the middle of the best years of his career, and having him be part of a 100-loss season is not really where [we] want to see him going.
The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken. It’s soured. He’s part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now.
He loves the city of Miami. He loves the fans. He’s had nothing but a good experience in South Florida, and he feels sorry where they ended up. But I think having him report [to spring training] and attempting to include him moving forward is going to be uncomfortable for both sides. I don’t see how it’s going to work.
This certainly comes as no surprise considering the offseason the Marlins have had after installing new ownership, going from Jeffrey Loria to Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. The club traded All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 home runs last season, as well as Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna. As Crasnick notes, Yelich isn’t the only player to express disappointment with the Marlins’ current direction — J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro have as well.
Yelich, 26, signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with the Marlins in March of 2015. Given his career performance, that’s a bargain of a contract, which is why more than a handful of teams have inquired with the Marlins about him this offseason. Yelich finished the past season with a .282/.369/.439 triple-slash line along with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances.