Free agent Cody Decker reportedly signed a deal with the Brewers on Saturday, per a report by FanRag Sports’ Tommy Stokke. Decker posted a cryptic tweet to that effect earlier in the day, but declined to disclose the name of his new team. The Brewers have yet to confirm the deal.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal speculated on Decker’s landing spot first, pointing out that the 29-year-old had been developing his skills behind the plate with former Padres coach Pat Murphy when the two worked together in San Diego. The rookie infielder had also been in talks with the Brewers earlier in the offseason, so the deal didn’t come as a total surprise.
Decker broke into the majors with the Padres in 2015, logging three appearances at first base and recording a single RBI in 12 PA as a mid-September call-up. He ran in the minor league circuits in 2016, batting .232/.284/.481 for the Red Sox’ Double-A affiliate and signing on for back-to-back stints with the Rockies’ and Royals’ Triple-A clubs. Per Stokke’s report, Decker will be expected to compete with Andrew Susac, Jett Bandy and Manny Pina for time behind the plate next season.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.
The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.
Duffy was arbitration eligible this offseason and would’ve been a free agent next winter if he hadn’t signed the deal. Given his stuff he might’ve made a mint as a free agent, but he’s also been inconsistent at times and any pitcher is an injury away from losing a payday, making this a nice, lucrative bet for the lefty.
Duffy, 28, posted a 3.51 ERA and a 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179.2 innings in 2016.