Stephen Drew remains a man without a country. Sandy Alderson told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com via phone on Tuesday that the club is “unlikely” to sign free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.
Maybe he goes back to the Red Sox on a team-friendly deal? Maybe those rumors attaching him to the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Athletics will revive? I dunno.
But someone’s gotta sign Drew, right? I mean, he’s good at baseball and stuff. Lots of players who are far less good at baseball have jobs, so you’d think someone who is good at baseball would have one too. Thanks, Obama.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.
Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”
The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.
It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.