According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Ryan Doumit’s agent Paul Cobbe said his client received two new offers today and could sign a contract in the next few days.
The Pirates declined 2012 and 2013 options on Doumit late last month totaling $15.5 million. Crasnick reported earlier this week that the 30-year-old has already received multiple contract offers and expects to sign by the end of the month.
Doumit was limited to just 77 games this season due to a left ankle injury, but batted .303/.353/.477 with with eight homers, 30 RBI and an .830 OPS over 236 plate appearances. The switch-hitter has a .777 OPS over seven seasons in the big leagues. While he is regarded as a poor defender behind the plate, Doumit also has experience playing first base and right field.
Crasnick notes that Doumit is drawing more interest from American League teams, which makes sense considering that the presence of the designated hitter would make him a less of a liability defensively and give him a better chance to remain healthy, but Cobbe said he also received an offer from an unspecified National League team today.
The story of the Indians postseason cannot be told without talking about injuries to starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. They have forced Terry Francona to lean even harder on his bullpen than he otherwise may have and have cause the Indians to press rookie Ryan Merritt into service.
But Cleveland will be getting at least one of their starters back: Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway that Danny Salazar will be part of the World Series roster.
Salazar has not pitched since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle, but according to Callaway, Salazar is ready to throw 65-70 pitches in a game. That could mean a start, probably in Game 4 after Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Merritt was a possible Game 4 starter, but he could either pair up with Salazar in a tandem start or serve in long relief.
Cubs’ left fielder Kyle Schwarber missed virtually the entire 2016 season due to torn knee ligaments, but he has been working his way back to health more quickly than initially expected. Indeed, he has been playing for the Cubs in the Arizona Fall League, serving as a DH. Many have speculated that the Cubs will activate him for the World Series.
Today, at his World Series media session, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that reports from Arizona are good on Schwarber and that the he will fly to Cleveland to join the team after tonight’s game in Arizona. Maddon says the team will make a decision on activating him once he arrives. The Cubs have until tomorrow morning to set their World Series roster.
Our guess is that Schwarber will get the call and will serve as the DH for the Cubs in Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, 6 and 7 in Cleveland. If so, a lost season could very quickly turn into a storybook season for the Cubs’ young slugger.