Last season Cory Wade had a 30/8 K/BB ratio and allowed five homers in 39 innings for the Yankees. This season Wade had a 38/8 K/BB ratio and allowed eight homers in 39 innings for the Yankees.
Unfortunately for the 31-year-old reliever his ERA jumped from 2.04 to 6.46, thanks largely to his batting average on balls in play jumping from .246 to .328, and today the Yankees designated him for assignment.
That drops him from the 40-man roster and because of both his ugly ERA and injury history Wade may have to settle for a minor-league deal for next season, but his non-ERA numbers suggest he could still be a solid middle reliever for a lot of teams.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: