Mike Moustakas is in The Best Shape of His Life


Provisionally anyway. No actual declaration by Moustakas, but he is a strong candidate for BSHOL status during spring training:

Of course, the entire enterprise of BSHOL watches we’ve undertaken here at HBT may be working against us. Because now the reporters of BSOHL status are wary of stepping into cliche, and may thus be underselling what used to be unequivocal BSHOL declarations:


Better to be a victim of one’s own success, of course, than to never have had success at all. That is, if you consider coming up with a silly winter time waster like BSOHL stuff a form of “success.”

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.