After a poor outing against the Red Sox last night in Game 2 of the ALDS, Rays starter David Price went on Twitter and criticized the TBS postgame show for their analysis, singling out Dirk Hayhurt and Tom Verducci. He also chastised the media around him in the clubhouse, sarcastically retorting, “Sweet questions, nerds.”
Price has apologized, per ESPN’s Gordon Edes. On Twitter, the left-hander wrote, “Last night got out of hand and I apologize for the things that I said on here…if I offended you I am very sorry for doing so…” followed by a hashtag that read, “that’s not me”.
Price also criticized Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who hit two home runs against him. Price felt that Ortiz watched the second one a bit too long, though he may have been the only person at Fenway Park who was certain the ball would stay fair. Price told the media, “As soon as he hit it and I saw it, I knew it was fair – run.”
Edes reports that Price and Ortiz have also squashed the matter. Ortiz said, “It’s over.”
Free agent right-hander Tim Lincecum isn’t ready to hang up his cleats just yet. At least, that’s the word from Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, who says the 32-year-old is still “throwing and getting ready for the season” (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News).
Lincecum may not be ready to enter retirement, but another quote from Thurman suggests that he’ll be picky about where he pitches next. He doesn’t appear open to pitching overseas, and despite not having a contract for 2017 (or even any serious suitors), the right-hander is set on pitching in the big leagues this year. Whether or not he’s willing to take a bullpen role to do so remains to be seen.
While Baggarly predicts some interest in the veteran righty, there’s not much in Lincecum’s recent history to inspire faith in him as a starter, or even a reliever. He picked up a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Angels following his hip surgery in 2015, and went 2-6 in 2016 with a 9.16 ERA, 5.4 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 over 38 1/3 innings. At this point, a minor league contract seems like the surest path back to major league success, though he’s unlikely to find an open spot on the Giants’ or Angels’ rosters anytime soon.
Free agent right-hander Jeff Manship has reportedly signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The righty was non-tendered by the Indians in December.
Manship, 32, completed his second season with Cleveland in 2016. He delivered a 3.12 ERA, 4.6 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 rate over 43 1/3 innings, a slight decline after posting an 0.92 ERA with the club the year before. During eight years in the major leagues, Manship carries a 4.82 career ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 6.4 SO/9 in multiple stints with the Twins, Rockies, Phillies and Indians.
The right-hander will be joined by fellow MLB transplants Eric Hacker and Xavier Scruggs, each of whom took one-year deals with the Dinos last month. Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors notes that each KBO team is allowed up to three foreign players, so Manship will round out the trio when he joins the roster. Any salary terms have yet to be disclosed.