Indians CEO Paul Dolan sat down with Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and talked about how the season just went off the rails. And he didn’t mince words:
“That was probably the most disappointing stretch of baseball in our tenure [as owners],” Dolan said. “It was so dismal. It changed the entire season. We had an opportunity to make up some ground in attendance. We were set up for a drive for the playoffs … I have never seen a season unravel like that in such a short stretch,” Dolan added. “Our pitching just collapsed. It was so painful.”
He went on to give votes of confidence to Manny Acta and GM Chris Antonetti. But he also noted that the financial state of the team is “not particularly good,” and saying “[w]e had budgeted a substantial loss for this year. It is likely to be greater than we expected.” But noted that payroll for next year will be about the same and that “we can handle it.”
Just a dreary time to be an Indians fan.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.