Chris Young’s deal with Nationals has March 24 opt out

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Last week Chris Young signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals and now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has the details.

According to Crasnick the deal includes a March 24 opt-out clause, which is uncommon in that most opt-out clauses are tied to a player making or not making the Opening Day roster. In this case Young will be deciding whether or not to stay before spring training is even over.

If he does stick around and make the team Crasnick reports that Young will get $2 million in upfront money and can earn another $3.8 in potential incentives based on starts and innings. Considering his lengthy injury history and lack of high innings totals Young won’t approach that figure, but it’s enough money that deciding to keep him around may not be a total no-brainer for the Nationals.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.