Lou Marson is back from the disabled list after missing the minimum 15 days with a neck injury and the Indians have him starting behind the plate today against the White Sox.
Yan Gomes filled in for Marson as Carlos Santana’s backup and homered twice in just six games, but he’s headed back to Triple-A.
Santana, meanwhile, is off to a great start hitting .352 with four homers, seven doubles, and a 1.139 OPS in 15 games. Now that Marson is healthy again it’ll be interesting to see how often the Indians give Santana time off from catching, either by shifting him to designated hitter or giving him a full day off.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”