Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, currently enjoying a breakout season, suffered a left hamstring injury in today’s game against the Diamondbacks. He was replaced defensively in the top of the ninth by Pedro Ciriaco after going 3-for-4. The Union-Times suggests Cabrera will likely go on the disabled list along with outfielder Carlos Quentin.
Cabrera is hitting .305 on the season with a .377 on-base percentage and a league-best 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts. FanGraphs values him at 3.4 Wins Above Replacement already, putting him in a ninth-place tie with Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Losing Cabrera is a crushing blow to the Padres, winners of six consecutive games. In fourth place, they are only two games behind the first-place Diamondbacks.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have signed closer Aroldis Chapman to a five-year, $86 million contract. Mark Melancon recently set the record for a contract earned by a reliever at $62 million over four years. Chapman blew that out of the water and many are surprised he didn’t fetch more.
Chapman, 28, began the 2016 season with the Yankees but he was traded to the Cubs near the end of July in exchange for four prospects. The Cubs, of course, would go on to win the World Series in large part due to Chapman. The lefty finished the regular season with a 1.55 ERA, 36 saves, and a 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the two teams.
Chapman was the best reliever on the free agent market and, because he was traded midseason, he didn’t have draft pick compensation attached to him.
The Yankees don’t seem to be deterred by Chapman’s domestic violence issue from last offseason, resulting in a 30-game suspension to begin the 2016 regular season.
The Rockies are looking for a “front-of-rotation-type pitcher,” per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. He notes that the club is also in on free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.
Starting pitching has not been the Rockies’ strong suit in recent years. The club had baseball’s fifth-worst rotation ERA in baseball this past season at 4.79. It’s tough to entice big-name free agent pitchers to pitch given how their stats are adversely affected by the hitter-friendly nature of Coors Field. Trading would be one way around that.
Though Chris Sale is off the board, the Rockies could still try to pry Chris Archer from the Rays or Jose Quintana from the White Sox.
As presently constructed, the Rockies’ rotation includes Chad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, and German Marquez.