Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez joined the 3,000-hit club on Friday with an opposite field home run against Justin Verlander. He got his 3,001st hit, passing Roberto Clemente to move into 28th place on baseball’s all-time hit list, in style as well.
With runners on first and third in the third inning, Rodriguez drove a 1-1 fastball from Ian Krol to left field for a no-doubt three run home run. He’s knocked in five runs thus far in the contest as the Yankees currently lead 10-0 as of this writing. Rodriguez now has 668 home runs in his career along with 2,009 RBI. On the season, he’s hitting .279/.381/.527 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”