UPDATE: Play resumed at about 4:59 PM Eastern. The delay was officially 17 minutes. It isn’t expected to affect either pitcher adversely.
4: 50 PM: It’s 0-0 in bottom of the second inning at Comercia Park for Game 3 of the ALCS, but there is a delay in the action: there was a power surge and the lights have gone off. They are apparently turning them back on and off again or whatever you need to do to reboot the system. It was presumed there would be a 15-minute delay or so until play could be resumed.
It’s obviously still daylight out, but it’s a gray day in Detroit and the game started with the lights all on, so apparently they want to make sure the game is played under uniform conditions. Starters John Lackey and Justin Verlander will be given as much time as they require to warm up once play resumes.
A greater implication, however: the weather. Rain is in the forecast for sometime after 7pm this evening in Detroit, so officials clearly would like to get the game in before it starts to get wet out.
The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.
Saunders was an All-Star in 2016 due to his wonderful start, but he cratered in the second half of the season. Overall is numbers looked good — he hit 24 homers and posted a line of .253/.338/.478, but his second half line was .178/.282/.357 in 58 games. He’s not the best defender around either.
The Phillies could use him, however, and if he has another red hot first half, there’s a decent chance they could flip him if they wanted to.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.