Cameron Maybin has been one of the rare bright spots for the Padres, but the center fielder injured his wrist while taking batting practice over the weekend and will undergo an MRI exam today.
Previously the Padres insisted that an MRI wasn’t necessary, but Maybin has missed three straight games and told Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune that he hopes the exam “gives me a little peace of mind.”
Maybin’s raw numbers aren’t spectacular, but much of that is due to calling the majors’ most pitcher-friendly ballpark home. He’s hitting .311 with an .841 OPS on the road compared to just .235 with a .614 OPS at Petco Park. His adjusted OPS+ is 108, which hasn’t been topped by a Padres outfielder since Brian Giles in 2007 and 2008, and Maybin has also stolen 32 bases while being caught just five times.
The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.
Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.
Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.