We’ve spent a lot of time this spring and summer talking about realignment and the expansion of the playoffs, but at the owners’ meetings the other day, White Sox honcho Jerry Reinsdorf voiced skepticism that either of those things would happen:
“I’m not sure I’m in favor of the expanded playoffs. If it happens, I don’t think it will take place in 2012. I’m not even sure there will be realignment.”
Interesting words from a guy who, by all accounts, is Bud Selig’s staunchest ally among owners and who is thought to wield a lot of whip-power among the ownership ranks. Especially interesting in that, in the same USA Today article by Bob Nightengale, multiple other owners are cited as being so supportive of the expanded playoffs.
As for the realignment, the Astros sale being on hold has really bollocksed things up. If Jim Crane is on board with moving Houston to the AL as has been suggested, he can’t do it from the outside. And no one else seems to want to move.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.