It looks like Ryan Doumit will be the next catcher to exit the free agent pool, but he won’t be signing with the Dodgers, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. He turned down a one-year offer worth nearly $3 million to replace Rod Barajas in L.A.
The fit would have been interesting: Barajas just signed with Pittsburgh for $4 million to replace Doumit next year.
But whereas Barajas will be the Pirates’ everyday catcher, Doumit was likely looking at more of a job-share situation in L.A. Doumit is being looked at by most teams as a guy who can do some catching and serve as a backup at first base and maybe in the outfield. So, if that’s going to be his role, he might as well do it in the A.L., allowing him to DH occasionally as well.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.