Tweet of the night, actually, but still:
I like the impulse, Craig, but don’t bother. I hear that Fredi Gonzalez is the manager of that Taco Bell. And you know how it’ll go: lunch rush comes, everyone’s slammed and the lines are backing up. And Fredi still doesn’t schedule you because he hired you to be a “closer,” and everyone knows that Taco Bell requires its best employees at 2AM.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.
Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.
Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?