UPDATE: And now we have audio:
8:55 AM: The headline pretty much says it all. I haven’t heard the audio yet, but in the meantime:
The Nats have an early game today, so presumably he was on his way to the ballpark. We’ll post some audio when it starts to circulate. Assuming everyone is unharmed, anyway. Not really all that interested in posting audio of someone getting whiplash or worse.
But assuming no one was hurt, I think it is probably worth asking if Williams praised the guy who hit his car for his hustle in fleeing the cops.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.