According to the New York Post a “highly intoxicated” Delmon Young was arrested and charged with assault late last night/early this morning while in New York to play the Yankees.
After reading Craig Calcaterra’s post about the incident one reader tipped me off to the fact that the arrest comes on the six-year anniversary of Young being suspended indefinitely by the International League for throwing his bat at an umpire in a Triple-A game.
That incident occurred on April 26, 2006 and the indefinite suspension followed on April 27, 2006, eventually becoming a 50-game suspension. I’ll assume that Young wasn’t “highly intoxicated” because he was doing some sort of six-year anniversary celebration, but either way he might want to cancel all April 26/27 plans in the future.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”