Freddie Freeman’s eye problems have not gotten any better and in fact the Braves first baseman has reacted poorly to multiple sets of contact lenses, so he’s ordered some prescription sports goggles and Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that that he’ll be examined tomorrow by a specialist.
Freeman has been battling blurred vision and dry eyes, and he’s unable to simply wear traditional glasses to the plate because it hurts his peripheral vision too much.
He initially suffered corneal abrasions during a series in Colorado that featured windy conditions and Rogers reports that his vision has deteriorated since then, going “from a prescription of 1.5 diopters in both eyes to 1.75 in his left and 2.0 in his right.”
Freeman wore contacts and played Friday, but went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and hasn’t played since, although he remains on the active roster. He may eventually consider Lasik surgery, although Rogers notes that it isn’t recommended for people with dry eyes.
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?”