Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free-agent lefty reliever Mike Dunn and the Rockies are close to a three-year deal that will pay Dunn $19 million.
Dunn has spent the past six seasons with the Marlins where he has averaged 68 appearances a season while posting a K/BB ratio of 357/150 over 328 innings. For his career he has held lefties to a line of .228/.309/.330. He’s no specialist, necessarily, though, as he has faced more right-handed batters than lefties. Against them he’s allowed a line of .239/.339/.408.
He’s a solid and reliable reliever, though certainly not a superstar. That price tag, however — the three-year commitment as opposed to the dollars themselves — tells you just how crazy teams have gone for bullpen help these days.
Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.
While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.
Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:
It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.
Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:
It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.