The Angels have called a Tuesday press conference to announce the signing of ace Jered Weaver to a five-year, $85 million contract extension.
SI.com’s Jon Heyman had the dollar amount. Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that the deal contains a full no-trade clause.
Weaver is making $7.37 million this year after losing in arbitration back in February. He had one year of arbitration left, so the new deal, which averages $17 million per season, buys out four years of free agency.
The deal matches up nicely with the similar pacts Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander signed prior to the 2010 season. Both were two years away from free agency then. Hernandez signed for $78 million over five years, while Verlander got $80 million for five years. Weaver receives a little more in part because his contract buys out the extra year of free agency.
At 14-6 with a league-leading 2.10 ERA in 26 starts, Weaver is a top contender for AL Cy Young honors this season. He’s 78-45 with a 3.30 ERA since debuting in 2006.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.