The Marlins announced on Monday that first baseman Justin Bour will participate in the Home Run Derby, set for Monday, July 10 at Marlins Park in Miami. Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez also announced their participation today, joining Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Sano.
Bour, 29, is hitting .285/.358/.550 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 271 plate appearances.
While teammate Stanton is entering the Derby for a third time, this will be Bour’s first appearance in the Derby.
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.