Cubs catcher Willson Contereas may be on the disabled list, but he struck out pretty decisively yesterday. It was adult film star Mia Khalifa, not a pitcher, who sat him down, and she did it better than even Max Scherzer could’ve.
Seems that, over the last month or so, Contreras has sent Khalifa a number of direct messages on Twitter. He’s a big fan, he said, and he’d just like her to talk to him. He got no response and, rather than do what one should do in such a situation (i.e. leave the woman alone) he persisted. By yesterday Khalifa had had enough so she shared screenshots of his messages with the world:
Following Khalifa’s tweet, Contreras’ agency, Octagon Management, claimed that his “twitter account was hacked.” Which is 100% what happened, I’m sure.
Not gonna fault Contreras for trying. As Michael Scott said Wayne Gretzky once said, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. But after he shot and missed, he probably should’ve got the message before Khalifa had to send it so explicitly.
(h/t to @h_peezy_f_baby for the heads up)
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.