Being an outspoken iconoclast and revealing the dirty secrets of one’s peers can be a brave and noble thing. But if you do it, you gotta be prepared for the fact that it’s gonna turn you into an outcast. Sadly, that’s something Jose Canseco never realized.
For whatever else he has done, he will always be remembered as the guy who blew the lid of steroids in baseball with his book, “Juiced.” Which would be fine for him if he owned it and appreciated it and had set his life up in such a way to where the backlash it caused him within the game of baseball didn’t hurt him.
Sadly, that hasn’t happened. And it leads him to tweet stuff like this in the dark of the night:
He later talked about wishing he had a time machine and could go back before he wrote that book — said it ruined his life — and said that he gets depressed at night because of what he did.
Sorry, Jose. It’s the life you chose. Too bad there wasn’t anyone in your life at the time you decided to do it to warn you of the consequences of taking that course of action. Or, if there was, too bad you didn’t listen.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.
The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.
Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.