What would MLB do if a team plane crashed?

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In light of yesterday’s tragic crash of the plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team, Al Yellon of SB Nation details the plans in place — which Major League Baseball is understandably loathe to talk much about — in the event that tragedy were to strike a major league team in which more than five of its players were lost. Think: mega expansion draft.

It’s uncomfortable to even think about, but every organization of any size and importance has contingency plans in place for disaster. At least they should. And, as morbid as it may be, I take a great deal of interest in this kind of thing.  Stuff like that speech Nixon was going to read if Armstrong and Aldrin got stranded on the moon. Succession plans of government and business.  The rules for organizing the insurgency when the aliens come and enslave us all.

Hey, ya gotta go to the dark places sometimes. So few people like to go there that it’s easy to get a lot of thinking done in peace.

Cubs sign Drew Smyly to a two-year, $10 million contract

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday evening that the club signed pitcher Drew Smyly to a two-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the contract is for $10 million total and allows Smyly to earn another $7 million with performance bonuses. Smyly was non-tendered by the Mariners at the beginning of the month and became a free agent.

Smyly, 28, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June. He’s expected to miss, at minimum, the first half of the 2018 season. The Cubs are hoping he can contribute to a playoff push in the latter half of the season as well as in 2019.

Smyly didn’t pitch at all in 2017. When he was healthy the season prior, he made 30 starts for the Rays and put up a 4.88 ERA and a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.