The Red Sox have avoided arbitration with reliever Junichi Tazawa, first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, and infielder Jonathan Herrera, WEEI’s Alex Speier reports. All three deals are non-guaranteed.
Tazawa, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, will take home $1.275 million on a one-year deal. He finished 2013 with a 3.16 ERA and a six-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio in 68 1/3 innings pitching mostly in the seventh and eighth innings.
Carp, eligible for arbitration for the second time, will receive $1.4 million. He wrapped up 2013 with an .885 OPS having faced right-handed pitching in over 88 percent of his 243 plate appearances.
Herrera, also eligible for arbitration for the second time, will earn $1.3 million. The Red Sox acquired Herrera from the Rockies last month in exchange for reliever Franklin Morales and minor leaguer Chris Martin.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.