Mark Teixeira’s season is over after just 15 unproductive games thanks to a wrist injury suffered during the World Baseball Classic and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York has the details on how much of that will be covered by insurance.
Between the WBC-based insurance from MLB and their own insurance the Yankees will reportedly get back $18.7 million of his $22.5 million salary for this season. According to Marchand the WBC-based portion of that is $7 million.
All of which seems to suggest that the Yankees would have plenty of money to throw around for a midseason pickup, particularly if it were someone on a one-year deal.
Teixeira, who’s 33 years old and hasn’t topped an .850 OPS since 2009, is signed for three more seasons after this one at $22.5 million per year.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.