As far as signings go this is about as minor as it gets, but the player in question is fun, so that’s worth noting.
Sports Hochi reports that the Cubs are close to re-signing Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract. Kawasaki is a utlilityman who played some second and third in 14 big league games for the Cubs last year. He played a a lot of shortstop for Triple-A Iowa last season and a little shortstop at the big league level when he was with the Blue Jays. His bat is nothing to write home about. He’ll be organizational depth.
But hopefully he’ll have his moments in the spotlight. Like when a spring training crowd in Mesa chanted his name and he responded with a big homer, all coming on the day he was cut from the big league squad. Or when he sang Aerosmith’s “I don’t want to miss a thing” for his teammates. He’s a fun dude.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.