When Jered Weaver signed a five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels last year most analysis of the deal pegged it as extremely team-friendly and well below market value for an elite No. 1 starter.
Weaver repeatedly said at the time that he didn’t really care because $85 million is a ton of money and he wanted to stay with the Angels, so not surprisingly now Weaver is saying that he won’t care if the Angels end up giving Zack Greinke a bigger contract than he received.
“Whatever they have to do to make our team better,” Weaver told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, who just yesterday reported that the Angels are leaning toward declining their 2013 options on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in order to focus their resources on re-signing Greinke to a massive contract.
Weaver is 29 years old with a 3.23 ERA in 1,312 innings since debuting in 2006. During that same time the 28-year-old Greinke has a 3.42 ERA in 1,157 innings, including a 3.40 ERA in 12 starts since being traded to the Angels.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.
Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.
Astros’ left-hander Dallas Keuchel might not return to the rotation before the All-Star break, Houston manager A.J. Hinch told reporters prior to Sunday’s game. The club placed their star southpaw on the 10-day disabled list on June 8, retroactive to June 5, after a nerve issue was revealed in his neck.
Keuchel has taken a conservative approach to his recovery over the last several weeks, and while he appears to have made some progress, still has yet to throw off the mound. The injury interrupted the start of an outstanding run with the Astros, during which the 29-year-old lefty furnished a 9-0 record with a 1.67 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 through his first 75 2/3 innings of 2017.
According to Hinch, it’s certainly possible that Keuchel could return to the team sometime within the next two weeks, but it’s clear that the team would prefer to play it extra safe with their ace. Even assuming that he feels ready to reclaim his spot on the Astros’ pitching staff, he still needs to complete a few key activities before competing in another game — like throwing off a mound, for example. In the meantime, Lance McCullers Jr. will continue to head Houston’s rotation as they try to build on their 12.5-game lead in the AL West.
Hinch’s full comments are below: