Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported yesterday that Vladimir Guerrero worked out for the Indians in the Dominican Republic and “there seems to be genuine interest from the Indians.”
However, today Indians general manager Chris Antonetti threw cold water on the story by saying that Guerrero is the one who requested the workout and indicating that they don’t actually have any interest–“genuine” or otherwise–in signing him.
Or as Antonetti put it: “We just worked him out. Don’t read too much into it.”
Guerrero’s agent said last week that the 37-year-old former MVP wants to keep playing and will consider signing with a Japanese team if he doesn’t get any interest from MLB teams before Opening Day. At this point that seems like a fairly safe assumption, as the market for late-30s designated hitters coming off a .733 OPS season is very limited.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: