But only after Derek Jeter almost did it himself.
Bryce Harper went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts Saturday as the Nationals lost to the Yankees 5-3 in 14 innings.
With two outs and the tying run on base in the 14th, Harper grounded out to end the game, his worst to date as a major leaguer.
It was almost Jeter’s worst game as well. The future Hall of Famer singled into the hole between short and third in the top of the 14th to avoid what would have been his first 0-for-7 ever. He also committed an error in the game.
The game went into extra innings after home plate umpire Ted Barrett botched a call in the eighth, denying the Nationals’ their fourth run even though Tyler Moore touched home plate well ahead of Russell Martin’s tag.
Mark Teixeira had the big hit for the Yankees, driving in both runs in the 14th with his double. Freddy Garcia, making his first appearance in 11 days and just his second since May 21, recorded the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Rafael Soriano got the save despite a shaky bottom of the 14th.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.