During Sunday’s series finale in Milwaukee between the Marlins and Brewers, both teams got involved in some gamesmanship. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Marlins asked home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt to check second baseman Jonathan Villar‘s bat for excessive pine tar. He had to switch bats but still wound up drawing a walk.
In the top of the eighth, the Brewers returned the favor, asking Wendelstedt to check leadoff hitter Marcell Ozuna‘s bat for excessive pine tar. Ozuna, too, had to switch bats — he borrowed Giancarlo Stanton‘s. And he drilled a solo home run to left field, his second dinger of the afternoon.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.