Jean Segura is about to finish his first full season in the majors, but the Brewers are already thinking about locking him up for the long-term.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel today that he will contact Segura’s agent this winter to discuss a long-term deal. The 23-year-old won’t arbitration-eligible for the first time until after the 2016 season, so there isn’t a huge sense of urgency to get a deal done, but the Brewers could secure some some cost certainty if they buy out his arbitration years and perhaps a year or two of free agency.
Segura is batting .296/.331/.426 with 12 home runs, 49 RBI, and 44 stolen bases over 145 games this season. He has seen his production decline since the All-Star break and has been dealing with a hamstring injury recently, but that Zack Greinke trade is looking pretty good right now.
Major League Baseball just released the umpire assignments for the Wild Card Game and the Division Series. As always, the basis for these assignments is a proprietary, scientific calculation undertaken by Major League Baseball, mixing in (a) skill; (b) seniority; and (c) trolling of baseball bloggers who, unlike 99% of the rest of the world actually know the names and track records of various umpires and who are easily riled.
Which is to say that, while we have no Joe West in the early playoff rounds this year — too obvious, perhaps? — we do get an Angel Hernandez.
Here are the assignments. The asterisks represent the crew chief of each unit. Guys with little up arrows next to their names are regular season crew chiefs in their own right. Print this out and keep it near your television so you know who to yell about before the broadcasters tell you who to yell at:
I was curious about which MLB teams changed their fortunes the most this season compared to last year, so I crunched the numbers.
First, here are the biggest win total improvements from 2014 to 2015:
+10 Blue Jays
The top five teams on the biggest-improvement list all had managers in their first season on the job, led by Joe Maddon joining the Cubs after tons of success with the Rays. Also worth noting: Of the nine teams with the biggest win total improvement, eight made the playoffs. Only the Twins improved to double-digit games and still failed to make the playoffs.
Now, here are the biggest win total declines from 2014 to 2015:
Not surprisingly, a whole lot of those teams have changed managers, general managers, or both. And a couple more may still do so before the offseason gets underway. Oakland retained manager Bob Melvin despite an MLB-high 20-win dropoff and just promoted Billy Beane from general manager to vice president of baseball operations.