Could bats with axe handles find their way to the big leagues soon?

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This is cool. From an article at Wired looking at bats with a differently-shaped handle. Instead of fully round, it tapers out and up a bit like an axe handle. There are pictures of it at the article.

The article refers to a “study,” though whether it’s a real study or a quasi-marketing document is unclear. Whatever it is, though, the claim is that it increases offensive production and reduces the risk to hamate bone fractures we’ve seen happen to so many hitters over the years. It if actually does do that — and again, I doubt enough guys have used this bat for it to be studied properly — it could be a nice benefit.

Next up: an elbow brace that eliminates the possibility of ligament tears for pitchers. Please?

Report: Dodgers sign Tom Koehler to one-year deal

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The Dodgers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with free agent right-hander Tom Koehler, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The team has yet to officially announce the signing, which is currently pending a physical.

Following a mostly-productive five-year run with the Marlins, the 31-year-old flamed out in 12 starts for Miami in 2017, eventually coming over to the Blue Jays in a midseason trade for minor leaguer Osman Gutierrez. He made a successful transition to the bullpen and finished the season on a high note, pitching to a 2.65 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 in 17 innings.

Koehler was non-tendered by the Blue Jays earlier this month and had attracted a fair amount of interest around the league prior to his signing. He’s expected to reprise his role as a middle reliever in Los Angeles, though Cotillo speculates that he could also bring some depth and balance to the Dodgers’ lefty-heavy rotation.