Last time we checked in on baseball’s best-selling jerseys it was around the All-Star break and the top spots belonged to Buster Posey and Mariano Rivera.
MLB just released a list of the best-selling jerseys of the offseason and it turns out this time around everyone wanted to celebrate the Red Sox winning the World Series:
1. David Ortiz, Red Sox
2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3. Derek Jeter, Yankees
4. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
5. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
6. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
7. Buster Posey, Giants
8. David Wright, Mets
9. Robinson Cano, Mariners
10. Manny Machado, Orioles
Comparing the midseason list to the offseason list, the only holdovers in the top 10 are Jeter, Molina, Posey, Wright, and Machado.
Also of note: Yasiel Puig ranked 11th and Matt Harvey still cracked the top 20 at No. 16 despite undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery. In all, 10 of the top 20 jerseys belong to players in New York, Boston, or Los Angeles (plus Cano, who just left New York).
Not mentioned, but assumed: J.J. Putz ranked dead last for the 12th consecutive season.
Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.
Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.
The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.
Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.
Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.
There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.
Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.