Arbitration eligible for the first time, Rick Porcello has avoided a hearing by signing a one-year deal with the Tigers.
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Porcello will get $3.1 million after making $1.5 million last season as part of the major-league contract he signed after being drafted out of high school by the Tigers in 2007.
Porcello has followed up a strong rookie season with back-to-back underwhelming years, including a 4.75 ERA and 104/46 K/BB ratio in 182 innings last season. He’s still just 23 years old, but the right-hander has managed only 4.7, 4.6, and 5.1 strikeouts per nine innings through three seasons while allowing opponents to hit .283 off him.
Because he qualifies as a “Super-Two” player Porcello has four arbitration seasons instead of the usual three, so he’s under the Tigers’ control through 2015 and they can hold off on any thoughts of a long-term extension.
UPDATE: Beck reports that the Tigers have also agreed to a one-year deal with arbitration-eligible left-hander Phil Coke.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.